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Causes: Health, Patient & Family Support, Pediatrics, Specialty Hospitals

Mission: 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.

Results: The O’Hana Heritage Foundation has built A Rosie Place, the first specialty care hospital in Indiana for medically fragile children. Just finishing our 6th year of supportive service to families, we continue to grow, reaching into the community we serve.

Target demographics: Medically fragile children (require skilled care), age birth to 21.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 80 FAMILIES CARING FOR MEDICALLY FRAGILE CHILDREN, PROVIDED 100 RESPITE STAYS, HOSTED QUARTERLY FAMILY EVENTS

Geographic areas served: Northern Indiana

Programs: Weekend stays for medically fragile children to provide respite for caregivers and families; supportive services, quarterly family events, education & training, collaboration with area nursing programs providing clinical observation/experience for future pediatric nurses.

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love A Rosie Place! Even though we live over an hour away, it is well worth the drive! The staff are incredible! They love my daughter and go beyond the extra mile with her! Sarah loves all the attention, the fact that she can go outside to ride a bike and take a bath in the whirlpool tub. The whole family is loved and cared for. Keep up your excellent service and caring!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have had the most amazing opportunity to play Mr. & Mrs. Santa at A Rosie Place the last couple of years during the holidays. It is truly an amazing place with the most wonderful, caring staff and volunteers you can imagine. The children and family members we have met provide us both with such an amazing experience and feeling we continue to talk about it year round to our family and friends. They provide such an wonderful environment for all who attend the event and make sure that each and every child is made to feel like the most important person in the world. Having 5 healthy children and 5 healthy grandsons of our own, it makes us feel even more blessed to be a part of it. The outpouring of love and compassion the staff show to all is beyond words. All the children we come in contact with are so warm and caring even though they are battling such handicaps. Thank you Rosie Place for our wonderful experience! We hope to have a long relationship with you!

Carol M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

O'Hana Heritage Foundation/A Rosie Place is a beautiful, family friendly, safe and loving facility that will offer wonderful care to your medically fragile child. As a volunteer, I have seen the care and dedication of the staff. They will ensure your child is well taken care of so you can have peace of mind. I highly recommend A Rosie Place.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

O'Hana Heritage Foundation is an absolutely wonderful organization. They truly care about and understand the trials and tribulations families go through when caring for medically fragile children on a daily basis. I am the parent of a medically fragile child and what O'Hana Heritage Foundation has done for me and my family is priceless. They gave us a much needed break and a weekend my husband and I could spend together with our other two children.

Caring for a medically fragile child usually requires skilled nursing care. However, most of us are not nurses, we are just moms and dads learning nursing skills so we are able to take care of our children in our homes 24/7.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A Rosie Place is a facility whose time has come. I had been looking for a place to take my daughter Mary Mae, who is 16 years old, and completely dependant on me for everything. I am a single parent, I work and I care for both of my girls (twins) myself. I do not get much down time. Relaxing time where i can regenerate and regroup is nearly unheard of. So when a Rosie Place opened up I was one on the first ones in line to sign up my daughter. The staff is very well trained and professional. The doctor and nurse on staff that day were Mary's former caregivers! Can you beat that!?

The facility is state of the art and beautiful also. There were seperate rooms for each quest, a large play area and even a "quite" area with books and computers for enjoyment.

1 Jeremy K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As the grandfather,guardian, and sole caregiver of a medically-dependent child, I have made many sacrifices to provide a level of care to my granddaughter that will help her to achieve her full potential. One of the most difficult sacrifices that I chose to make was that I would no longer have much free time to spend with my teenage daughter, helping her learn and grow into a happy and responsible adult. I am seldom able to leave the house for an extended period of time, other than working hours. A Rosie Place allowed me to be able to spend a weekend away from the 24/7 caregiving responsibilities that consume so much of my waking hours, and spend that weekend taking a mini-vacation that has helped me to strengthen my bond with my daughter.

Because of my granddaughters special needs, it is very difficult for me to find qualified caregivers for her. She requires a highly-skilled medical professional to care for her. I do not entrust her care to many people, and I am very selective in the places that I allow her to go. A Rosie Place, however, won me over almost immediately with their warm and welcomig atmosphere, skilled and knowledgeable staff, and the overall feeling of peace and home that pervades the facility. It is obvious to anyone who walks through the front door that A Rosie Placehas been, and contunues to be, a labor of love.

Board Member

Rating: 5

O'Hana Hertitage's A Rosie Place in South Bend, IN provides family centered inidvidualistic care for medically fragile children in a beautiful 5 bedroom handicap accessible home - this is allowing 2 very important factors to take place: 1.) the child receives impeccable care in the same manner he/she would at home as the caregiver (usually parents) are interviewed in depth as to each aspect of their child's care and then a care plan is devised to make sure the child recieves the exact nursing adn therapy care that he/she would at home (same times, same equipment, etc.)- this makes the child feel so comfortable! 2.) the parent/caregiver who is usually spending 24 hours a day 7 days a week providing care - is given a break so that can refresh with their spouse or other children (or even by themselves. This so very important to their own health! Many winners - the medically fragile child and their family!

2 Judy S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

my sons last day was at ohana heritage. we have gone to many events their we loved meeting other parent with children that had speicial needs. the staff are wonderful and the home is so bueatiful and so needed for these kids. i will miss them so much. my son passed almost two months ago. but his last day was at an event at there we were not aware that that would be is last day of life but he could not of had a better day thank you to all the people their for all they do