|Rotary Flames House is a hospice for children located right next door to the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Thanks to incredible community support, Calgary is the first city in Alberta and only the sixth in North America to have a free-standing, community-based facility to support families of children facing progressive, chronic or life-limiting illness.
The House offers respite for families whose children have very complex medical needs. “We have parents who haven’t spent any time away from their child in years. The child’s needs are so complex that even leaving them for something simple like a movie, hasn’t been an option, until now.” says says Karen Butel, Manager at Rotary Flames House. “We offer families the opportunity to recharge and renew with the peace of mind that their child is safe.”
Rotary Flames House also offers palliative support as well as end-of-life care. Working with parents, siblings and family and friends, the palliative and grief support team tries to offer hope in the most unimaginable circumstances. Caregivers at the hospice provide guidance, counseling, consultation for symptom management and bereavement support for the entire family.
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|“When cure and treatment are not options, parents are faced with the
tragedy of having a child die,” says Megan Miller, Grief Support
Coordinator, Alberta Children’s Hospital and Rotary Flames House.
“Although we cannot change the outcome, there is much we can do to offer
hope, help and healing in times of grief.”
Rotary Flames House is also unique because it’s the only children’s hospice and respite home in Canada to provide day programming for families. Day programs are designed to provide the opportunity for Rotary/Flames House families to come together and experience fun activities at the House and in and around Calgary in a safe and exciting way.
Construction of Rotary Flames House was made possible by many kindhearted donors, including the Flames Foundation for Life, Rotary Clubs of Calgary and the Alberta Lottery Fund.