“Visitors were important for both Dior and I, for our own mental health and just to provide that relief from the long days and nights in hospital. Without much in the way of family spaces or children’s play facilities, it was definitely challenging to accommodate visits, especially with our 10 year old son. Really early on, I saw the need for some access to a lounge and a play area open outside of school hours.”
“There are some really simple but important things that would have made such a difference for us. For Dior, sometimes we needed somewhere engaging and safe to take her, away from her room, to manage some challenging behaviour caused by her medication. The work the Māia Health Foundation is doing will mean these improvements make a real difference for whanau in the future. Canterbury needs that.”
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