Child Life Hospice Specialist

Website Community Hospice and Palliative Care (Jacksonville, FL)

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The Community Hospice Child Life Specialist coordinates and provides therapeutic activities and opportunities for children up to age 21 of Community Hospice patients as they deal with the end of live care of their parent or grandparent. Child life interventions will be provided in Community Hospice Centers for Caring, partner long-term care facilities, and Community Hospice patients’ homes. The position supports medical, nursing, pastoral, and psychosocial providers working with the families.

Starting Salary: $47,000 – $60,000

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provides memory making, legacy building activities, and anticipatory grief/bereavement support to child/children impacted by their loved one’s terminal illness and/or potential death.
  • Creates child-life focused education to parents/caregivers on topics that include coping strategies, memory making, behavioral management appropriate to the child’s development, behavioral management, memory making, and coping strategies.
  • Implements therapeutic play activities to facilitate expression of feelings and coping skills for the impacted child(ren).
  • Collaborates with the interdisciplinary team to screen for patients/child(ren) most appropriate for child life interventions.
  • Develops individual plans of care based on assessment of the child’s need, development, temperament, coping style, medical situation, and available support.
  • Provides patients and families opportunities for medical play, memory making, distraction, activity modification, coping, and other child life-associated activities, to support the child and family and, as appropriate, to normalize the situation.
    Collaborates with Community Hospice social
  • worker/psychosocial specialist on patient/family psychosocial needs to ensure interventions specific to child life focus.
  • Helps parents to understand their child’s response to child life interventions; assist child(ren) in better understanding their loved one’s illness/condition.
  • Participates in grief camp programs as needed.
  • May require occasional evening or weekend work when needed

Any combination of education and experience that would provide required skills and knowledge for successful performance would be qualifying. Typical qualifications would be equivalent to:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Child Development or Therapeutic Recreation
  • Certified Child Life Specialist by the Child Life Certifying Commission under the Child Life Council
  • Child development/child life or therapeutic recreation experience

Recruiter Contact:

Derek Guffin,
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About Community Hospice & Palliative Care
Established in 1979, Community Hospice & Palliative Care is an innovative national leader in palliative and hospice care, as well as providing programs and services to meet the diverse needs of the communities it serves. During its 42-year history, through the support of more than 1,000 employees and 1,000 volunteers, the organization helps approximately 1,600 patients per day to live better with advanced illness – at home, in long-term care and assisted living facilities, in hospitals and at its 10 inpatient care centers.

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