Retreat to take in severely ill kids

Posted on January 27, 2011. Filed under: Uplifting Stories | Tags: , , , |

According to the Japan Times, pediatricians and other members of a nonprofit group are preparing to open a retreat facility in Oiso, Kanagawa Prefecture, next year for children with serious illnesses or disabilities.

Relatives taking care of children suffering from serious diseases at home can’t take a break because there are no such facilities in Japan where they can temporarily leave their children, she said.

Minoru Mizusawa, 44,  said: “Families with sick children tend to stay home a lot. I hope there will be more facilities like this.”

Unlike conventional hospices that accept terminal-stage patients, it will accommodate children with illnesses of varying degrees.

Once the facility opens the organizers are planning to provide stays of around one week during which nurses will be always on hand to help.

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