Children’s Services

Caring for a chronically ill child can be emotionally and physically exhausting. In-home respite is offered to families of chronically ill children aged 0 to 6 years old.

A referral from a health care professional is required. A nurse from NOVA will visit the home and with the caregiver, will develop a plan of support for the family and the child.

On a scheduled basis, for a maximum of 6 hours per week, a trained NOVA Home Health Aide will provide personal services that would normally be assured by the parent or informal caregiver.

The same health aide is assigned to the client each week to ensure continuity of care.

Every effort is made to meet the family’s needs with regard to accessibility and flexibility of the scheduled service.

Based on an assessment by a NOVA nurse, our home health aides can provide the following services:

Help with hygiene

  • Bathing
  • General skin care
  • Toiletting: supervising schedule, changing soiled diapers and clothes

Help with movement

  • Exercise: assisting with a prescribed program with child as demonstrated by physiotherapist and/or parent
  • Range of motion exercises
  • Accompany on walks, trips to the park and doctors visits with parents

Help child to gain independence

  • Activities to encourage physical and mental health (crafts and games according to age and ability)

Household help

  • Meals: preparing simple meals, assisting with feeding

Emotional Support

  • Active listening
  • Caregiver respite and emotional support

Treatments and medications

Upon request, specially trained home health aides can help with:

  • Tube feeding
  • Oral and nasal suctioning
  • Medication: orally or via feeding tube prepared by family or a healthcare professional (pharmacist or nurse)


The home health aide will ensure the child’s safety at all times.