Since then, we have cared for more than 1,000 children and families from across Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Isle of Wight, West Sussex, Surrey and beyond.

Naomi House nursing and medical staff provide individualised nursing care that helps to enhance short lives and allows local families to make the most of their precious time with their children. 

Having time as a family of five without all the pressure of feeds and care giving, helps us have a little bit of normality. Coming to Naomi House is like a mini holiday.

— Sarah, Felicity’s mum
Mum and daughter relaxing in pool
Friends having fun in sensory room

Our children’s hospice provides excellent facilities to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay for all of our children and families. There are 11 children’s bedrooms and a number of family bedrooms at Naomi House. Additionally, the state of the art building includes spaces for music therapy, art and messy play, a multi-sensory room, a hydrotherapy pool and dedicated spaces for end of life care and post-bereavement support.

Our Play Team organise stimulating games and activities for the children staying at Naomi House, with their needs and abilities in mind, as well as organising exciting events and outings too, so there is something for everyone to enjoy. Find out more about the importance of play here.

Nurse Margaret reading story with girl dressed as bear

When I stay at Naomi House, it means I can actually breathe and let myself relax and unwind. The staff are medically trained and will care for Logan-Ann, and I can go home feeling refreshed.

— Emma, Logan-Ann's mum

Respite Care

Each family accepted for care at Naomi House will be able to enjoy a number of respite nights in house each year. Our families use these differently according to their own particular needs. Sometimes families will come altogether to enjoy a family holiday, with their referred child being cared for by our specialist team in house, whilst the rest of the family stays in the family accommodation within the building. This enables the family to enjoy time, space and activities together, without having to worry about the practicalities of everyday life – parents can focus on just being mum and dad for a while, not carers. Meals are cooked for the family and specialist nursing care is provided for the child throughout their stay.

Dad and son on swing

At other times, parents may choose to take the opportunity to have a very well earned break with their other children, or perhaps for time with each other. They can relax in the knowledge that their child is being cared for in an environment where all their needs can be met, and they can enjoy some additional activities and experiences organised uniquely for them and their abilities.

Day visits are also popular, where families may come and enjoy a day at the house, with staff to help and support the child’s needs and the chance to enjoy activities together such as swimming, the sensory room and the garden. This is an ideal opportunity to meet with our Family Support Team too.

Boy smiling on noodle in pool
Little girl giggling on water bed

Family Support

Naomi House has an experienced Family Support Team that offers practical, emotional and spiritual support for the whole family, throughout their child’s life and after death.

Inevitably there are some sad times at Naomi House. On these occasions, Naomi House offers the Butterfly bedroom; a chilled room in which a child can be laid to rest in the immediate post-death period, and until such time as the family are ready to say their goodbyes. Our Family Support Team helps with funeral arrangements and other such practicalities. Specialist bereavement counsellors, sibling support staff and our hospice Chaplain offer support to families for as long as they are needed.

Little boy gazing into sensory ball