In the News
March 9, 2018
Waltham's Care Dimensions To Celebrate Child Life Month
WALTHAM, MA - From Care Dimensions: This March, Care Dimensions joins with The Association of Child Life Professionals to celebrate Child Life Month and to recognize the efforts of Keyla Kelley, MS, Child Life Coordinator for Care Dimensions, the state's largest provider of hospice services. Kelley recently joined Care Dimensions and will work out of the nonprofit's Waltham office assisting families living in MetroWest and Greater Boston and at the new Care Dimensions Hospice House located in Lincoln on the Waltham line. Kelley holds a Master's degree in Child and Family Studies from Wheelock College and has worked and interned in a variety of settings including Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital.
What are child life specialists?
Child life specialists are certified professionals trained at the master's level in child development, family studies and psychosocial support. At Care Dimensions they provide a variety of supportive services to anyone in the community, regardless of hospice involvement. Services can include:
- Educating families on developmental understanding of death and dying
- Meeting with children in their homes, schools, or extended day programs to help them process their feelings about end of life
- Providing opportunities for children to process grief reactions through therapeutic and expressive art activities
- Preparing children to visit their loved one in the hospital, hospice house, or other inpatient setting
- Preparing children for funeral or memorial services
- Providing community outreach through free support groups, events, and school support
- Facilitating activities to maintain connections with loved ones
In addition to working with individual children and families Kelley runs bereavement support groups for children and teens throughout the school year. She will also be involved in Care Dimensions' annual Camp Stepping Stones, a day camp experience for families who have experienced the death of someone close to them, which takes place on July 14 and a Camp Family Kick-Off Event scheduled for June 13. For more information on Child Life Services or to register for upcoming events or support groups, please contact Keyla Kelley, MS, 781-373- 6570 or email ChildLife@CareDimensions.org.
About Care Dimensions
Making a Difference in Countless Lives for 40 years
Care Dimensions is the largest hospice and palliative care provider to adults and children in Massachusetts. As a non-profit, community-based leader in advanced illness care, Care Dimensions provides comprehensive hospice, palliative care, grief support and teaching programs in more than 90 communities in Eastern Massachusetts. Celebrating 40 years of service, Care Dimensions was founded in 1978 as Hospice of the North Shore, and cares for patients wherever they live – in their homes, in skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities, in hospitals, or at our two inpatient hospice facilities (the new Care Dimension Hospice House in Lincoln, and the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers). To learn more about Care Dimensions or to view a tour of our hospice houses, please visit www.CareDimensions.org.
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