Take time out

Caring for a child with a life-limiting condition can alter a family’s life forever. It can be exhausting, rewarding, emotional, stressful, painful and, for many families, the burden of added financial hardship can be crippling. Our options for care and respite are designed to give children an opportunity to experience some normality, while for families, time for a much-needed break from caring.

The Children’s Centre

A unique childcare concept, with mainstream childcare rooms, and a specialised care unit for chronically ill babies and children providing inclusive access to education and care.

‘Stella Bella has given me some respite. This is an extremely rare occurrence for me. I used to think about a safe place that my chronically ill child could go and play, make friends and learn. Dreams do come true.’ 

The Stella Bella Cottage

Stella Bella Cottage will be a place for short-stay overnight respite. In a warm and welcoming environment, it will offer 24-hour specialist nursing care, while families can feel nurtured and cared for without the burden of extra costs. 

Much like our Stella Bella Children’s Centre, our new cottage will be a place where kids can be kids, families can reconnect, and precious memories can be created. Staying in a self-contained suite, parents can simply be mum or dad, brothers and sisters can have some downtime, and the whole family can take a break in our home away from home. Families can also plan separate activities and outings with confidence that their child is receiving expert care around the clock. 

Stella Bella Cottage will be designed for the special needs of children with complex and life-limiting medical conditions. 

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