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The Beach House is a major project that aims to provide much needed respite accommodation for families caring around-the-clock for children requiring palliative care support due to a long-term and life-limiting illnesses. These are families who are unable to use mainstream holiday facilities due to their often complex care needs.
The Beach House will offer a welcoming, calm and peaceful environment far from the physical and emotional stresses of the hospital setting – yet strategically located near a hospital should the need arise. Our vision is that the WCH Foundation Beach House will provide an environment in which the whole family can rest, recharge, and create special memories together, providing them with the break they need to continue their journey, however long it may be.
Why do we need the Beach House?
In South Australia, there is no purpose-built accommodation for families of children with complex needs. It may be as simple as a door-way that is not wide enough for a wheelchair; the need to store and medical equipment, or proximity to a medical centre in case of emergency. For some families, the financial implication of a child requiring life-long care means they cannot afford a traditional holiday.
While there are respite facilities in SA, these are often for adults with special needs and only for the person requiring care, rather than the whole family, together.
The Beach House will be the first holiday accommodation built especially for, and available to Women’s and Children’s Hospital (Hospital) families with these specialised needs.
Who will benefit?
Young patients who have multiple and complex needs. All require specialist care and frequent stays in hospital. Many rely on specialised and mobile home equipment and few get to go on a family holiday.
The Hospital’s Paediatric Palliative Care Service alone cares for up to 80 families a year. Palliative Care varies from a few weeks to many years and is based on a total approach to care embracing physical, emotional, social and spiritual elements.
It focuses on managing distressing symptoms and enhancing the quality of life for the child while supporting the family and providing respite. These are the families that will benefit from a purpose-built Beach House.
How will the Beach House be different?
The Beach House has been designed in consultation with hospital staff and families to meet the specific medical needs of children with a life limiting or long term illness.
Among key considerations are wheelchair access, door widths to cater for mobility aids and equipment, an oxygen supply, patient lifting systems, climate control and storage for special needs equipment.
The house will also be completely furnished, equipped and landscaped to ensure it provides a safe and relaxing holiday experience.
The building of the Beach House will be managed in consultation with hospital staff and key features include:
OAKS DAY LUNCH – 8 NOVEMBER 2018
Ekhidna Wines – McLaren ValeTICKETS AVAILABLE NOW
We are hosting Oaks Day for 100 guests, we are seeking local wine sponsorships (such as premium wine, cases of wine, large formats), restaurant vouchers of $150, experiences (accommodation, structured wine tastings, tours, tickets to events, treatments, flights etc.) and/or gifts or items for live and/or silent auctions, wine wall and raffles.
We would appreciate a donation of the above by 1st October 2018, to help us raise significant funds for the Beach House Project.
We are happy to collect your donation or alternatively we have a drop off point at 142 Main Rd McLaren Vale.
Fleurieu Beach House Committee- McLaren Vale[email protected]
Natalie Jones, Kate Barnett, Haley Reynolds & Jamie Caddy – We Connect Property
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