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There are 10 bedrooms for children. They are designed as much as possible to be home-like and are named after the beaches in the area - geographically going North to South. Each has private bathroom facilities. A parent or sibling may also sleep in the children's bedroom on a divan that converts into a single bed. Some rooms have interconnecting doors so friends, siblings or parents can share adjoining rooms. The rooms are also equipped with medical gases, however these are concealed behind a decorative panel. All bedrooms are fully wheelchair accessible.
messy play area
A great place for art, craft and construction! Our full-time play therapist ensures there are plenty of activities on hand for creative minds.
kitchen and dining room
Chefs prepare meals for families with lunch being the main meal of the day where everyone comes together to eat.
Similar to any home our lounge serves as a central area for families to relax with a big screen TV, videos, video games and comfy couches. It has a relaxing outlook toward the garden.
This store room is filled to the brim with toys for fun and for learning which have all been donated. For health and hygiene reasons we are only able to accept donations of new toys.
At times it is necessary to perform procedures that will assist in the relief of a patient's symptoms. The equipment and facilities in this area allows this to occur away from the children's living areas.
The Quiet room is a place to get away from it all - to contemplate, commemorate or celebrate. Also a quiet area which can be used for support groups for both families and staff.
Spas are not only enjoyable, but can help to relieve symptoms and have therapeutic benefits, especially for children with limited mobility. Our spa is designed to allow a family or staff member to assist the child into the spa using a hoist if required.
This room is designed specifically with teenagers in mind and has a pool table, Sony Playstation and stereo. Although, it is a favourite hang out for our primary school boys as well.
This room provides particular therapeutic value to children with a sensory deficit, with equipment designed to stimulate sight, hearing and touch. This environment also focuses on encouraging children to actively interact with their environment through switches which allow children to turn lights on and off, change their colours and their intensity - as well as tactile equipment which can be rearranged on the wall. The room can be used to assist relaxation, to stimulate and motivate, or a combination of the two. With such fabulous lights, colours and sounds this room is also a hit for a disco dance, concert or just to chill out.
All linen is provided by Bear Cottage and is laundered 'in-house'.
We have two family units, each with two bedrooms, kitchenette, living/dining room and bathroom. These units provide comfortable accommodation for some families who choose to stay at Bear Cottage with their child.
The sensory garden is designed to stimulate the senses of children of all abilities, much like the multi-sensory room. Plants of different scents and textures have been chosen to arouse smell and touch. The spurting jets of the water feature evoke excitement for kids of all ages. The multi-coloured lights can be used to enhance fun or a single colour may be used to create a calming effect. Ramps throughout the garden allow children in wheelchairs to move through the garden in a circuit, rather than coming in and out from a single entrance. This area also houses the enclosure for our live-in dog Scooter.
clifton gardens and extended family room
This bedroom and the adjoining lounge area provide families with privacy and space to spend time with their child following death. A place where family and friends can farewell the child with separate access to ensure privacy if required.