Support Us

Help us provide care for short and precious lives

Any donation made – no matter how big or small – brings the Children’s Hospice Association closer to realising its vision. You can make a cash donation or include a bequest in your Will (please contact us for more information about bequests).Many of us experience the joy of children in our lives, but for families with children diagnosed with life-limiting conditions or complex care needs, the ongoing challenges can often overwhelm those feelings as they simply try and cope with the complexities they face.

Caring for a sick child at home will normally mean having to get up to the child several times during the night, managing frequent seizures or episodes of apnoea, coping with ongoing heavy lifting, difficult behaviours and possibly changing nappies for the whole of a child’s life.

The child may not be able to speak, hear, breathe independently, walk or do many other things that most of us take for granted. The child’s condition may be progressively deteriorating or they may have episodes of rapid decline. Holidays, family activities and outings, that most of us accept as normal, may not be possible. Brothers and sisters also require support and attention from their parents and at times this can be difficult. The imperative of caring for these children for many years can be socially and emotionally isolating for the child, their parents and siblings.

It is estimated that more than 80% of families break up when they have children with special needs or life-limiting conditions, with parents divorcing and, in some cases, only one parent providing care for the child or children. Hannah’s House will support families to help them cope with their role as carers and maintain their family connections.

Our Vision of Care

Hannah’s House was established with the vision to provide care, support and respite options for children with life-limiting conditions and their families. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive range of services to assist families from time of diagnosis through to end-of-life care. This includes both in-home care and short-term out-of-home care with a range of additional counselling, support and bereavement services over time.

We put the child and family at the centre of decision making to enable them to have the best quality of life possible.

Widespread support for the concept

Hannah’s House has received endorsement from a range of key stakeholders and care agencies in Western Australia, including PMH, Lady Lawley Cottage (Red Cross), identityWA, Nulsen Disability Services and Carers WA. These agencies see our services as complementary to their own and capable of filling a significant gap that currently exists in the provision of both in-home and out-of-home respite care and support.

Progress to Date

Hannah’s House has progressed significantly in recent years through the philanthropic support of the Australian Children’s Trust (Mindaroo Foundation), the McCusker Charitable Foundation and from 2017/18, the Channel 7 Telethon Trust.

Seed funding provided by the Western Australian Dept. of Health (2015-2017) has allowed us to expand the delivery of in-home respite care, develop our referral pathways and further strengthen our service delivery.

We have formed a number of key partnerships with agencies across the sector including PMH and Kalparrin. We have worked closely with Nulsen Disability Services during our pilot phase and are now co-located at the head office in Cannington.

Getting Involved

Hannah’s House is currently seeking partners who share our vision to build a children’s respite centre here in WA and are able to make a significant contribution in seeing this project come to fruition.

In kind help of professional services is also welcomed.

For further information on helping support Hannah’s House please contact:

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