Our House

Hannah's House provides care for children aged from birth to 18 years who have a life-limiting or a rare illness/disability and complex medical needs. This care is currently provided in the family home by a registered nurse with specialist paediatric skills.The vision for Hannah’s House is to provide a range of respite services for children with life-limiting conditions and their families. This will include a purpose-built family support centre which will be centrally located in Perth’s metropolitan area and accessible to all Western Australian children with life-limiting conditions and complex care needs.

The home will provide holistic care which focuses on the emotional, social and physical needs of the child starting from diagnosis and continuing throughout the child’s life. Services will be available to children from all faiths, cultures and ethnic backgrounds. The importance of religious customs and cultural needs essential to the daily lives of each family will be respected.

Modelled on a typical home environment, the home will include private children’s bedrooms for planned respite stays and a small number of additional rooms to offer emergency care. Some of the rooms will be adjoining allowing family members to stay close. The home will be modern, vibrant and designed with the children’s needs in mind. A central lounge and a communal dining room will encourage carers, children and their families to eat meals together and offer plenty of space for activities, games and teenage entertainment. Indoor and outdoor play areas will also benefit the child and their siblings and provide the opportunity to deliver a range of occupational and play therapies.

A special feature unique to Hannah’s House will be a self-contained family unit. Given the high and frequent level of care needed by many of these children and the fact that many are non-verbal, parents are often reluctant to leave them in the care of others. By enabling parents and siblings to stay for a night or two, parents will develop confidence that their child will be well cared for and this will allow them to spend some quality time with their other children and possibly even have a holiday.

Hannah’s House will feel like a ‘second home’; a place where the child and family can feel nurtured and supported in a comfortable and safe environment and where the care of a sick child is shared and friendship and support is offered in a practical way.

If you would like to know more about how you can help make Hannah’s House a reality, please contact:

Lee-Anne Ashley
Business Development Manager
0419 903 646
leeanne.ashley@hannahshouse.org.au