In 2018, 160,601 babies were born in Georgia. Of these babies, 3% or 4,818 were born with birth defects. Of these, 964 were lost through early death. The 3,854 babies who survive the neonatal period must be cared for either at home or in hospital. There are no other options. Medically fragile children with life-limiting illness require constant home care. Their primary caregivers are their families, mainly parents and siblings. The emotional, physical and mental stress of this everyday care puts tremendous strain on the lives of all those involved.
Life House Atlanta will provide temporary relief in a warm, inviting atmosphere especially designed for both respite and palliative stays. Here “kids can be kids,” interacting with other children, making memories and engaging in fun-filled activities. Parents and siblings will also find a breather from the routine care of their loved one and will have the time to network with other parents or to take a much needed get-away to recharge. Siblings can also interact with siblings from other families and share the common bond of living with and loving a special child. Families will return home with memories to cherish for a lifetime.