Jacob’s Heart Service Delivery Model — Aligned with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
The services at Jacob’s Heart are based on three evidence / scientifically-based systems:
1. Psychologist Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs
2. Standards of Practice for Pediatric Palliative Care and Hospice, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (2009)
3. Standards for the Psychosocial Care of Children With Cancer and Their Families, Wiener, L., Kazak, A. E., Noll, R. B., Patenaude, A. F. and Kupst, M. J. (2015)
Beginning with addressing basic physiological needs like food, shelter and clothing, Jacob’s Heart alleviates some of the basic challenges at a foundational level. Abraham Maslow observed that unless fundamental human needs are met, a human will be unable to focus on higher level needs.
Moving up the pyramid, Jacob’s Heart services address the fact that when a child is diagnosed with cancer, a family’s sense of safety and security in the world is immediately disrupted and shaken.
Learn about each level of the pyramid by clicking on the links below.
With the goal of guiding families toward a sense of hope and healing in the midst of immense suffering, Jacob’s Heart provides love, belonging, counseling and other emotionally enriching services.
We support families of children with cancer with an organized system of care, first addressing a family’s basic physiological needs, then lovingly guiding toward hope and healing…even when there is no cure. Jacob’s Heart services are evidence-based and aligned with national standards of pediatric palliative care.