2014 has already been a busy time for Heartfelt Homes (HH). Founder, Caroline Meehan has ironically found herself in need of a Heartfelt Home after her husband was sadly diagnosed with cancer.
Heartfelt Homes launched our website just two weeks ago and since then volunteer Director of HH, Clare Southwell was interviewed by ABC, and shortly after Caroline’s family were featured in the Northern Star talking about their own experience and the need for a platform such as Heartfelt Homes (HH)
Being cared for far from home
It’s hard enough when a loved one is being cared for in hospital or receving treatment, but when it is also happening far away from their usual home it can create additional stresses such as financial pressure which can have an enormous impact on the lives of the whole family.
Not to mention that often the family has nowhere to sleep and may have to simply find a chair or space somewhere in the hospital.
Often families will commute the long distances each day, sleep on a chair at the hospital, or have to pay for hotels and other accommodation which adds to the worry and stress they are already experiencing.
A place to get some rest – and one less worry
By bringing together people in need with people who care, we are able to support the relatives of loved ones who are undergoing treatment or specialist care in hospitals, hospices, and treatment centres across Australia.
Families simply need a place to get a good nights rest to remove additional worries such as ‘how will I afford the accommodation or be close to my loved one’.
Our media coverage has come just at the right time as many Australian communities are experiencing severe bush fires during the summer months with others experiencing floods.
Bush fires have destroyed thousands of homes in Australia – but the damage is more than just material.
Bush fires in Australia are unfortunately frequent events due to Australia’s hot and dry climate. These fires can impact extensively on vast areas of land and communities, causing major damage to homes and sometimes the loss of homes and lives.
Major firestorms that have resulted in severe loss of life have often been named after the day on which they occurred; such as Ash Wednesday and Black Saturday. Some of the most intense, extensive and deadly bushfires have occurred during droughts and heat waves, such as the 2009 Southern Australia heat wave, which replicated the conditions of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires; where 173 people lost their lives and around 4000 homes were lost. Towns were gutted and others completely destroyed.
If you missed the ABC interview then check out this link to our feature in the Northern Star. Don’t forget you can become a heartfelt home today by simply contacting us to say where you are and what accommodation is available.
We cannot thank you and the media enough for their support.