Understanding that each family is different, Hummingbird House has developed an innovative range of services to meet differing needs. Our services are not just for children with life-limiting conditions, but for the whole family including parents and siblings.
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’ or ‘dad’, brothers and sisters 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.
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. We offer individualised sibling and family support services, and linkages to peer support networks. We can help families access expert support or funding pathways when needed, as well as helping connect parents and caregivers with other families, who understand their experience like few others can. 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 hydrotherapy pool, enjoy sand play, 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 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. Families may also wish to access practical after death care, funeral and memorial support, or ongoing bereavement care. As with our other services, this may take place onsite at Hummingbird House, in a family’s home, or at another community location.