Kind Hands- Respite Care Cottage for Children

Kind hands have set up a purpose-built cottage, offering respite care for children who are aged under 16 years, have a disability and/or are medically fragile and/or are technology dependent. Although the facility is located in Whangarei, it is intended to benefit all children in the above categories throughout Northland is the only such facility offering respite care to these children.

So what does "respite care" mean? ...

Respite care is temporary care of a sick or disabled person, providing relief for their usual carer.

Carers you can trust

This respite service is also available for families and caregivers who need support or a break from caring for a child with a disability or medical condition. Kind Hands is staffed by a team of registered nurses and trained carers on a 24 hour basis.

Purpose built facility

The Kind Hands Respite Care Cottage is designed to accommodate any child with additional needs, while at the same time providing a homelike environment. Kind Hands is a home away from home. The cottage has been designed to make it a child friendly home where families can leave their child to be cared for by experienced and qualified staff.


Respite Funding and Cost Information

Most children with medical needs or who have a disability are allocated funding. This funding comes in many different forms these are some of the ways you can pay for your child’s stay at kind hands:

Family options
Carer support
Individualized funding 

Kind Hands Trust

If your child doesn’t fall under one of these categories payment is based on an individual need assessment by our manager Sharlene Clements.
There is also a trust set up called the Kind Hands Charitable Trust where any family requiring assistance for their stay can apply to help fund their child’s stay at Kind Hands.


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