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The Lighthouse, Children and Families offers free care and services for children with life-threatening illnesses, as well as support for their families, throughout the course of the illness.

A specialized and innovative environment

The Lighthouse caters to the needs of seriously ill children and adolescents under the age of 18 registered with the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec. Our services include:

  • In-home respite
  • 24-hour initial stay
  • Specialized respite
  • Transitional stay
  • Symptom management stay
  • End of life care
  • Bereavement follow-up
  • Additional services available to families

The child and their family are eligible for our services as soon as the diagnosis is made, based on eligibility and in concert with care received at the hospital.

Interdisciplinary team available 24/7

  • Family physicians (on call 24/7)
  • Clinical nurse advisor, nurses (on-site 24/7) and nursing assistants
  • Orderlies
  • Social workers
  • Family services coordinator
  • Partner pharmacist
  • Complementary therapists (pet therapy, music therapy and massage therapy)
  • Facilitation team
  • Support team consisting of cooks and hygiene and sanitation attendants

Who can apply?

Admission to The Lighthouse may be requested by healthcare professionals and parents, who will be invited to submit the file to The Lighthouse Admissions Committee, which reviews all applications.

Admission requests

Urgent requests

  • 514 787-8813

To be eligible for our services, the child must:

  • be followed by a care team in a healthcare facility
  • meet criteria for pediatric palliative care
  • be under the age of 18
  • be registered with the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ)

Criteria for pediatric palliative care

Group 1

Children with conditions for which a curative treatment is possible. Palliative care may be required during periods of uncertainty or when curative treatments are ineffective.

Group 2

Children with conditions involving premature death. These children may require long periods of intensive care in order to extend their lifespan and allow them to take part in activities that are normal for children of their age.

Group 3

Children with progressive conditions with no hope of a cure. The treatments offered to these children are solely palliative in nature and may span over several years.

Group 4

Children with severe neurological problems that are considered non-progressive, but can heighten their vulnerability and risk of complications and may lead to an unpredictable deterioration of their health condition.

Group 5

Newborns whose life expectancy is very limited.

Group 6

Members of a family that unexpectedly lost a child due to illness, external causes or loss in the perinatal period.