Understanding that each family is different, Hummingbird House developed an innovative range of stay packages to meet differing needs.
Our stays are not just for children with life-limiting conditions, but for the whole family including parents and siblings. We will ensure parents have the opportunity to gain a few hours of undisturbed sleep and to have the chance to enjoy being mum and dad to all their children, rather than the exhausted 24/7 medical career.
Short break stays
Planned or emergency short break stays at Hummingbird House can provide much-needed care and time out for guests, and every member of the family. Staying in self-contained suites or family apartments, parents can simply be ‘mum and dad’, siblings can have some down time, and the whole family can take a break in our home away from home.
Families can also plan separate activities and outings with confidence while their child is our guest, knowing they are receiving expert, medically-supported nursing care around the clock. Hummingbird House offers a range of services and packages for guests and their families.
Every family is different, and caring for a child with a life-limiting condition affects all those who love and surround them on a daily basis. Sibling support, grief and bereavement support, and peer support networks are just some of the flexible programs that Hummingbird House offers to individuals and families. We can help families access expert psychological support or funding pathways, and we can help young friends understand what their mate is going through. Our support also reaches beyond the building – using technology to connect with those in regional or remote areas and building a sense of connection and community among all those who alight on the step of Hummingbird House.
Hummingbird House provides a range of creative therapies that encourage our guests, as well as their family members, to find creative ways to enhance their world, engage their senses and draw out their abilities. Guests can enjoy a splash session in the pool, play with the therapy pets, discover the wonders of the multi-sensory room, and explore their inner artist with art therapy or their inner rock star with music therapy. The only limit is imagination!
Care at the end of life
When the difficult time to say goodbye draws near, our specialist paediatric palliative care team will support each family’s needs and decisions. Hummingbird House can provide a caring embrace that allows families to have space and time together, as they say goodbye to their child.