Our Services

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.Hannah’s House puts the child and family at the centre of decision making. This is linked with the joint priority of providing much needed support and respite for their families. Our service is tailored and flexible to meet the needs of each child and family and includes:

  • Transition from hospital or other care facility to the family home
  • In-home short term planned day and overnight respite
  • Crisis care
  • In-home palliative care.

Hannah's House places Registered Nurses (RNs) who will care for the child and support the family in their home environment, enabling parents to have a break, rest, spend time with siblings or attend to normal household duties. The RN may also assist by providing support for the child that allows the whole family to go on an outing together.

A detailed evaluation and needs assessment is undertaken by our Clinical Services Manager to identify the family’s specific goals and to design a service delivery plan.

Prior to care delivery, families meet with the Clinical Service Manager and their RN to agree the number of respite hours required to meet their immediate goals. This gives the family an opportunity to develop a rapport with the nurse and gain confidence in their ability to care for the child.

Hannah’s House may also be involved in transitioning a child from hospital or other care facility into their family home for the first time. In this situation the RN may help educate the family in the safe use of their child’s equipment and help them with the appropriate care for their child. They may also be able to help by making the home environment more conducive to the child’s needs. The RN can also assist in the delivery of therapies recommended by a physiotherapist or occupational therapist and further help to settle and integrate the child into family life.

The Clinical Services Manager maintains regular contact with the family during the care period and works with them to access other resources, organisations and funding to ensure ongoing support.