The O'Hana Heritage Foundation has built A Rosie Place, the first specialty care hospital in Indiana for medically fragile children. It's a home-away-from-home that gives children from birth to 21 a safe, comfortable place to stay while their family and caregivers receive respite from the demands of 24-hour care giving.
A Rosie Place is a home where caring and supportive people celebrate the gift of life, embrace human diversity, and empower families of medically fragile children.
We will provide a safe and nurturing haven for medically fragile children while giving family members periods of relief from the demands of full-time caregiving.
We all want the best for our children. For most parents, that means good friends, a good education, and good health. Parents of medically fragile children set the bar differently. We want our sick or injured children to be comfortable, perhaps to recognize us, and simply to live happily until tomorrow.
Some of us began our journey with a medically fragile child at the hospital when he or she was born. Others endured the shock of a healthy toddler suddenly brain-injured after a fall into a pool, or a teenager paralyzed from a car accident. Whatever the cause, our lives changed forever. Procedures, medications, machines and therapies are everyday occurrences. We are busy repairing our relationships frayed by these circumstances, while trying to make ends meet in the face of high medical costs.
Without some type of out-of-home care, the unrelieved stress of caring for a medically fragile child tears at the fabric of our families. We have hope, however, that through A Rosie Place we will once again enjoy some of life's everyday gifts.