Emily’s House is a special place for kids and youth. A place of compassion, care, comfort, laughter, learning and play. Featuring a home-like, comforting environment, Emily’s House is dedicated to caring for children with complex needs while supporting their families. It is the first of its kind in the city and among 8 in Canada. Emily’s House brings together high quality, respite and palliative care with the warmth and comfort of a child-focused environment that allows children and their families to have a home away from home for respite, pain and symptom management and palliative care.

Emily’s House offers a third option for a care setting, when hospital and home are not desired or feasible. Hospitals are busy, sterile places, with little space for families to have privacy, and home may be limited in terms of medical support and much needed respite.

Endorsed and supported by Sick Kids Hospital, and serviced by expert physicians, trained nursing staff, dedicated play, art and spiritual care therapists as well as a dedicated management staff and board of directors, Emily’s House brings health care and heart together for the benefit of critically sick children and their families.


Blue camera photos, feb 12.14 002At a Glance:

10-bed home-like setting for respite and palliative care
Professional nursing staff and trained volunteers
Housed in the recently renovated Governor’s House in Riverdale

Take a virtual tour of Emily’s House here.

Emily’s House is located in beautiful Riverdale neighbourhood at 45 Jack Layton Way (Just North of Gerrard Street East/Broadview Avenue). There is paid street parking along Gerrard, as well as some free street parking on side streets nearby between certain designated times. It is serviced by TTC Streetcar Routes 504, 505, 506 and by Bus Routes 306 (blue night streetcar route).

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IMG_9299_webPhilosophy and Approach

Emily’s House delivers respite and palliative care services to children and their families who are living with a life-limiting illness. The multi-disciplinary team of professional staff provides medical, recreational, music and play therapies along with spiritual and bereavement care.

Emily’s House is committed to offering a professional, comfort in a home-like environment, where sick children can just be kids and their families have peace of mind: the house is a safe and warm place for them to be when there is a medical or practical need for them to be away from home.

Emily’s House is committed to optimizing the quality of life of the children and their families during a time of crises. Staff provide integrated respite and palliative care in a home-like setting. Services are aligned with the National Pediatric Care Norms of Practice.

Emily’s House staff and volunteers are dedicated to helping children and their families achieve the best possible quality of life together. We understand that our young guests and their families each face unique circumstances and challenges, and we strive to support them in all aspects of their experience.

Emily’s House  is an operating division of the Philip Aziz Centre for Hospice Care.