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Offline CareDC

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REGINA The whole idea started with Hope a little girl who spent her entire life, from birth to early death, in a hospital ward.

Hope was one of Jacque Tisher's foster daughters, born with spina bifida, a dangerous birth defect of the spine. She was 10 months old when she died.

Her death led her grieving mother to wonder why does society do such a splendid job of caring for very ill children, then cut their families loose with few supports when they're released from hospital? Wondering led Tisher, a nurse and mom to a 16-year-old special needs child, to launch Hope's Home in Regina, the first medical daycare in Canada.

"This little girl who only lived 10 months really is changing how we care for medically fragile children in our province and in our country," said Tisher.

Hope's Home was started out of Tisher's home in November 2005. Tisher wanted to fill the gap in community care for families with medically fragile children, who are dependent upon medical technology to survive.

These children no longer live in hospitals and often require 24-hour care.

Their families are not only under great financial strain, but they might not be able to go to work or school or even get a break from the round-the-clock pressure of caring for a sick child.

Hope's Home offers respite and a licenced daycare which also cares for the siblings of medically fragile children through the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education. A few months ago, the home increased its available spaces from 30 to 41. Today it's full, with a waiting list.

Parents of medically fragile children pay a regular daycare fee, said Tisher.

"I don't believe a parent should be punished because they have a child that has high needs," she said. "Being a mom of a child with special needs, I don't think it's fair to expect parents to pay more."

The response to Hope's Home has been tremendous, Tisher modestly said. But it's been tough getting to this point. As Hope's Home is the first of its kind, it's been a struggle to find money.

The provincial government provides funding, but the facility still relies on fundraising efforts and community support.

Offline nannychild

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Who ever thought of this Medical Day-Care..

I granulate he or she..

Good from you..

And good luck..


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