23 Mar 2022

In home support for children living with disability

Xavier has been supporting children and young people living with disabilities and their families for over 70 years. At locations throughout Brisbane, we support children through our multidisciplinary approach and our Support Workers can provide in home support to your child and your family.

There are many ways that in home support from one of Xavier’s Support Workers can benefit your child and your family. During an in home visit our Support Workers will provide the care and support that your child needs in the familiar and comfortable environment of your home. This approach boosts the effectiveness of the support provided and allows our Support Workers to better address your child’s specific needs. Ultimately, this helps your child achieve their goals and become as happy and healthy as possible.

What does in home support involve?

Xavier’s Support Workers are dedicated to helping your child, teen, or young adult from the comfort and safety of their home. They can work with your child to ensure they achieve their goals both in and around the house, as well as getting them outside to socialise with friends and engage with activities in their community.

At home, Xavier’s Support Workers help children living with disability develop the skills they need to perform everyday tasks. This includes a wide range of activities relating to independence and self-sufficiency such as washing, dressing, eating, taking medication, travelling, performing household chores, and meal preparation to name just a few.

Xavier’s Support Workers are trained by Registered Nurses to address your child’s unique needs. By working from your home they help ensure both you and your child receive the best results from the support they provide. Our Support Workers can assist your child, their family, and their existing care team with the following aspects of in home care:

  • Eating, chewing, and swallowing food
  • Taking medication
  • Bowel care
  • Breathing and suctioning
  • C Pap and Bi pap machines
  • Catheter use
  • Epilepsy and seizure management
  • Infection control and management
  • Diabetes management
  • Enteral feeding through PEG and nasogastric tubes
  • Epi-pen use
  • First aid and simple wound care
  • Pressure area care
  • Allergy management
  • Personal care and wellness including washing and cleaning themselves
  • Taking high risk medications
  • Tracheostomy care

Equipment, Home, and Vehicle Modifications

In home support includes not only therapy, but also assisting your child with using tools and technology. Xavier’s home Support Workers can aid you in making sure your child has access the right equipment they need at home. This might include:

  • Equipment such as wheelchairs, hoists, beds, standing frames, and walkers
  • Home and vehicle modifications
  • Communicative aids, devices, and technologies like voice output devices, and Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) books.

Funding In Home Support

Alongside our sister organisation InFocus, Xavier can also help you to access NDIS funds to pay for your child’s in home support.

The NDIS funds disability support and activities which it deems reasonable or necessary for your child’s disability. Reasonable supports are those which all people should be able to access, and necessary are those which your child needs to manage their disability. Whether you’d like assistance accessing the NDIS for the first time or if your child is an existing participant and you would like to adjust their funding, InFocus can lend a hand.

Further Information

Xavier’s support team are always on hand to assist you in understanding and in home support for your child. Simply call 1800 XAVIER or email for further information or assistance.