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About George Mark

Where we are located

Types of care at George Mark

How to get a referral

Management of each child’s care

What to bring to the House

 

About George Mark

George Mark Children’s House welcomes medically eligible children and young adults, aged birth to 21, with a life-limiting diagnosis. We strongly believe that children with potentially life-limiting illnesses and their families deserve the best possible care, regardless of a family’s socioeconomic status. Although we provide round-the-clock nursing care, we are not a hospital or long-term care facility. We act as an extension of home while providing a warm, welcoming and safe environment for medically fragile children.

You do not need a medical referral to come to George Mark Children’s House. Families can refer themselves or schedule a tour by calling us at (510) 346-1285 (intake) or (510) 346-4624 (main).

Where we are located

Located in the foothills of San Leandro in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, George Mark Children’s House is a 15,000 square-foot, three-wing building that resembles a large family home.

Types of care at George Mark

Medically eligible children are admitted to George Mark for four types of stays: respite care, transitional care, pain and symptom management and end-of-life care.

  • Respite Care: We support families in taking periodic breaks from the non-stop physical and emotional responsibility of home care. Parents can rest in our house with their child, or take a much-needed vacation. Bring the medications and equipment you use at home, so our nursing staff can simulate your home routine.

 

  • Transitional Care: We provide care between hospital and home with the goal of supporting families as they assume the role of caring for their child. Our transitional care services reinforce family education, build confidence in managing care at home, result in shorter hospital stays and ultimately reduce the need for emergency room visits and frequent hospitalizations.

 

  • Pain and Symptom Management: Although pain and symptom management is a primary focus for all children at George Mark, occasionally a child may need to be admitted directly from home with the support of our ‘round-the-clock nursing staff to troubleshoot pain or other distressing symptoms. Our expert nurses can also help manage and investigate the effectiveness of interventions under constant medical supervision, in a setting that replicates the home routine.

 

  • End-of-life Care: For children nearing the end of their lives, our program provides the resources and support that families need to treasure each moment together, and to experience the joy in living each moment to the fullest. At George Mark, families and friends can be together at this important time without restriction: even pets can come and stay. We honor and respect each family’s cultural traditions and care choices, and offer ongoing bereavement support to families as long as they desire.
  • George Mark does not require a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) or Allow Natural Death (AND) order for admission.
  • Families must bring all of their child’s care supplies, equipment and medications for their stay at George Mark. We do not have an on-site pharmacy.

 

How to get a referral

Families can refer themselves to George Mark at any time. Please contact us at (510) 346-1285 to see if your child is medically eligible to come to George Mark. A preliminary screening will be made by our Medical Director to assess eligibility for admission. Once notified of eligibility, our case manager will help you coordinate your stay at George Mark. Please contact us if you’d like to tour our facility or if you have further questions at info@georgemark.org or (510) 346-1285.

Management of each child’s care

Your child’s current medical team will oversee your child’s care by collaborating with our pediatric physicians and interdisciplinary care team.

What to bring to the House

Bring anything you normally use to care for your child at home, including any medications, formulas, and equipment used by your child.

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