Maslow's Heirarchy of Human Needs—Evidence-Based Practices


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.  Maslow’s Heirarchy 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. 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.

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.


  • Bill Pay
  • Meals & Groceries
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Clothing
  • Home & Hospital Visits
  • Gas Cards
  • Information
  • Resource Referrals



  • Plan of Care
  • Home & Hospital Visits
  • Evidence-Based Services



  • Peer Support
  • Celebrations
  • Adopt A Family
  • Camp Heart + Hands
  • Dad, Mom, Teen and Sibling Activities



  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Expressive Therapies



We envision a community where every child with a serious life-threatening condition has a strong, supported and informed family empowered to fully participate in their care. We strive to inspire compassionate action within local communities, to create a safety net of support for the unique needs of each child and family.


To gain further insights on how Jacob’s Heart services align with Maslow’s Heirarchy, enjoy the video below.


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