You hear the words “medically fragile children”, and you might think of kids with tracheotomy tubes, kids with feeding tubes, kids in wheelchairs with IV poles.  And you would be right.  But you would be wrong too.  Because Ashley House is the most amazing place you could visit.  Despite the many medical conditions that these kids cope with, what you find on a visit is a place filled with happiness and joy; yes, they have gone through a lot, but these children have a love of life that many of us never experience, perhaps because they know just how tough, and how short, it can be.  Since 1989, Ashley House has provided comprehensive cost-effective quality care to over 900 medically fragile children, teens, and young adults in home-like settings 

Our five group homes allow children and youth to receive the care they need in a home-like setting.  Each child is unique; some will be with us for a few weeks, and some may be in our care for years.  It doesn’t matter how long they are with us because their lives inspire us to do more, to live more joyfully in our own lives.  And to celebrate the miracles of their lives.  We hope you join us. Our current group home facilities in King County are in Auburn and Kent, with additional homes in Edgewood, Olympia, and Tacoma. 
 

How can you make a difference? Ashley House will use funding from the 100 Women of Greater Seattle to help furnish two care rooms our new Shoreline program: Bridges to Home.  This is the state’s first Pediatric Skilled Nursing Center. Our program will provide a “bridge” for children and their families from the hospital to home: Ashley House’s Bridges to Home will provide the care a child needs while preparing families to care for their child at home when the time comes.  Children will receive professional nursing care in a home-like setting, where family can visit and support the child during their recovery.  Parents will be able to learn how to provide care and support for their child before they take the child home. Located in King County, our program will not only help children and families thrive as they move from hospital from home, but it will save health care providers on average $7,000 a day in hospital care costs. It costs between $4500 and $5000 to furnish a room with medical beds/cribs, and the other furniture and equipment needed to provide this care, so support from the 100 Women of Greater Seattle could provide the furniture and medical equipment for two rooms, helping to provide a true “bridge to home and to hope” for children and their families.  For more information visit our website at www.ah-nw.org or visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ashleyhouseNW.

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