Introducing Eden House
Not all families have supports around them where COVID positive children can go if the grown-ups in their lives are also unwell with a COVID-19 related illness.
For these children, the Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN) offers Eden House, a dedicated home-like environment where children with COVID-19 can stay, should their parent or carer be unable to look after them.
WCHN Chief Executive Officer, Lindsey Gough, says this type of accommodation will be a great comfort for many families.
“We have supported thousands of families through this pandemic and we know there are those who are worried about what would happen to their children if they catch COVID and aren’t able to take care of them,” Ms Gough said.
“We’ve listened to their concerns and have worked closely with our colleagues across government and in the community sector to offer an option that will provide great care for young people with COVID, and give parents and carers peace of mind.”
Eden House is staffed by skilled paediatric nurses from the Women’s and Children’s Health Network and is supported by our COVIDKids Hospital in the Home program.
Children can be referred to Eden House through SA Health, the COVIDKids service or any number of government or non-government agencies.
The service is available for children who are COVID-19 positive and not displaying symptoms of COVID 19 and are generally and medically well.
As well as looking after children’s medical care, the dedicated staff will make sure their emotional, cultural and physical needs are met.
This includes linking in with our Aboriginal Health Team for children who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
Eden House has toys, books, board games and all the comforts of home to make sure children feel safe, supported and cared for during an uncertain time.
Children will also be supported in their schooling, through the WCH Hospital School and we can also liaise with teachers at your child’s own school.
As you can see from these pictures, the house provides a comfortable, safe place where we can look after your child, while you recover from the virus.
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