Francis House has a Homecare team who are available to assist with care in the home. They can cover emergency situations, by providing a break when children need specialised medical procedures, which other family members feel unable to carry out. They also support parents with hospital visiting. The Homecare team may be able to help in a variety of ways and can be contacted by telephoning the hospice.
Francis House can offer daycare. Children and families can come during the day to use our facilities such as the Jacuzzi, the Snoezelen and Music Therapist. In addition we endeavour to provide ‘fun’ days during the holiday periods to allow families a day out and a break from the holiday problem of entertaining the children.
End of Life Care
Inevitably Francis House provides care at the most difficult of times. We aim to deliver quality palliative care as the young person reaches the end of their life. The Care team works in collaboration with all of the multi-agency teams across the area and have close relationships with consultants at Christie Hospital and other children’s specialist units. Medical cover is provided by four dedicated GPs who attend the hospice daily and are on call whenever required. Families receive support from Francis House for as long as they feel the need. Care can be provided within the hospice or at home by the Homecare team. The Homecare Team will also support parents whose child is seriously ill in hospital. This allows families to choose their preferred place of care. If a child dies who has not previously been to Francis House we may still be able to offer help and support. Please call on 0161 434 4118 and ask to speak to Gill or one of the Seniors.
Children and young people are given the chance to have a break from their normal routine. They are able to meet with others in the same position and be involved in activities which may be new to them. Respite is arranged to cater for individual families particular needs. Some of our young people come alone and are cared for by our very professional Care team. Staff are drawn from many backgrounds and include children’s nurses, nursery nurses, social workers, teachers, physiotherapists and creative therapists. We aim to provide care exactly as the parents or young people wish, the Care team are guided by the family. This sort of break can allow parents to fulfil other duties or pastimes or to give ‘special time’ to ‘well’ brothers and sisters. Sometimes siblings also come along to stay allowing parents the necessary time to be together as a couple. Families are also welcome. Francis House has family flats available, and each of our sick children’s bedrooms has a bed settee so that parents, siblings or in some cases friends can stay with the sick child in their room. Francis Lodge is reserved for young people of a similar age though parents are able to use the flats in Francis House. In providing our service the emphasis is on fun, relaxation and the highest quality care.
This is medical care that controls the symptoms of an illness once there can be no cure. The Care team work hard to make the child or young persons life as comfortable as possible.