At any given time around 3,700 Queensland families are living with, loving, and supporting a child or teenager with a life-limiting condition. The emotional, physical and financial struggle for these families can be immense.
Life-limiting conditions are defined as those where a child is not expected to reach 18 years of age.
Hummingbird House delivers best practice paediatric palliative care for children affected by life-limiting conditions and their families. It provides access to short break stays, family support services, creative therapies, and care at the end of life, and works to meet the needs of each individual child and their family.
Hummingbird House ensures that children can have a break from hospitals and daily routines, and that parents have the opportunity to gain a few hours of undisturbed sleep and the chance to be mum or dad to all their children rather than the exhausted 24/7 medical carer. It is a medically supported home away from home, where kids can be kids, families can reconnect, and, memories can be created to last a lifetime.
It costs over $4.8 million each year to operate Hummingbird House as a free service for Queensland families. Providing financial support to allow families to access Hummingbird House free of charge is a powerful way everyday Australians can help these families in need.