Rainbow Place

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Rainbow Place is Hospice Waikato’s specalised Family Centered Service. We provide specialised Therapeutic Support for children and young people experiencing change, loss and grief around the serious illness and/or death of a loved one.

Rainbow Place also provides specialised Nursing Support for children and young people who themselves have a serious illness. This includes life-limiting, life-threatening or palliative illnesses. (See definition of terms). Working in partnership with families, we provide specialised nursing care for childen and young people in the community, at home, in school and in hospital.

At Rainbow Place we offer one or two night ‘sleepovers’ for sick children / young people, with accomodation available for families to stay with their child.

The package of care for sick children / young people and their families also includes counselling and theraputic support.

All services are provided at no charge to patients and families.

Please click here to open the Rainbow Place Website


 Who can be referred?

  • Children and young people affected by the serious illness of a loved one
  • Children and young people who themselves have a serious illness (see definition of terms)
  • Children and young people affected by the death of a loved one no matter what the cause

To download the Rainbow Place referral form click here.

What is serious illness? Hospice Waikato 0169

Rainbow Place defines serious illness as a diagnosed medical condition that requires ongoing treatment and care which significantly impacts on the quality of life for the client and their family. Serious illness includes life-limiting, life-threatening or palliative illness.


 

Definition of Terms

Life-limiting conditions are those for which there is no reasonable hope of cure and from which the patient will die. Many of these conditions cause progressive deterioration rendering the patient increasingly dependent on carers.

Life-threatening conditions are those in which medical intervention may prove successful but carry a substantial possibility of premature death.

Palliative care for patients is an active and total approach to care, embracing physical, emotional, social and spiritual elements. It focuses on enhancing the quality of life for the patient and support for the family.  It includes the management of distressing symptoms, provision of respite and care through death and bereavement.


Who can refer?

  • Families, Friends and relatives
  • Healthcare Professionals
  • Schools
  • Social Services

Support is avaliable at Rainbow Place, in the home or other community settings

Rainbow Place provides…

Specialised Theraputic Support for children and young people experiencing change, loss and grief around the serious illness and/or death of a loved one.

The Rainbow Place team offers…

  • One-on-one counselling
  • Group Workshops
  • Family Therapy
  • Teen Support Group
  • Art Therapy
  • Memory Making
  • Sandplay Therapy
  • Child Centred Play Therapy
  • Directed Hospital Play
  • Story Telling and Drama

Rainbow Place also has a resource library and provides community education.

Rainbow Place also provides…

Specialised Nursing Support for children and young people who themselves have a serious illness. This includes life-limiting, life-threatening or palliative illnesses. (See definition of terms). Working in partnership with families, we provide specialised nursing care for childen and young people in the community, at home, in school and in hospital.

At Rainbow Place we offer one or two night ‘sleepovers’ for sick children / young people, with accomodation available for families to stay with their child.
The package of care for sick children / young people and their families also includes counselling and theraputic support.
All services are provided at no charge to patients and families.


Rainbow Place Teen Support GroupHospice Waikato 0176

This group meets the last Thursday of every month at 6pm. It is a chance for Rainbow Place teenagers to meet together socially, have fun and provide mutual support to each other. Please contact Rainbow Place if you are interested in joining this group.

Watch this space for further details!


Philip Darbyshire’s Report of Rainbow Place

Click here to download the adults version of the Philip Darbyshire Report of Rainbow Place (PDF File).
Click here to download the children and young people’s version of the Philip Darbyshire Report of Rainbow Place (PDF File).
Click here to download the visual presentation of the Philip Darbyshire Report of Rainbow Place for children and young peoples. (PPT File).


Contact Details

Rainbow Place
334 Cobham Drive
Hillcrest
Hamilton 3216

Postal

PO Box 325
Waikato Mail Centre
Hamilton 3240

Phone: 07 859 3848
Fax: 07 859 3847

Website: www.rainbowplace.co.nz 
Email: rainbowplace@hospicewaikato.org.nz

Rainbow Place is based in Hamilton and operates in the Waikato, King Country and Thames/Coromandel regions. An advisory service is available outside these areas.

Rainbow Place is governed by Waikato Community Hospice Trust as a specialised service for children, young people and their families

 

 

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