Update on respite arrangements during Covid-19

Update on Respite Arrangements at Francis House.

Child smiling having feet painted

Further to the announcements by the Government regarding the lifting of restrictions and the relaxation around shielding we wanted to give an update on respite arrangements at Francis House.

Throughout the crisis we have continued to provide emergency respite for families who have had various problems which meant they were unable to care for their young people at home.

This much needed service will continue for the foreseeable future.  Parents and families are having regular telephone calls from the Care Team during which they can discuss situations in which we may be able to help.

Over the coming months we hope to offer as many families as possible some limited respite and much-needed rest before the end of the year.

Child having a drink with care staff in PPE

Respite care

Respite care is provided in the following ways:

  • Staff will be wearing protective equipment (PPE).
  • Social distancing will be maintained (in accordance with Government guidelines).
  • Respite will be in smaller groups (particularly if young people are mobile).
  • Initially siblings and friends will be unable to stay (this will change as soon as possible).
  • There may be a need for testing and isolation if young people develop COVID-19 symptoms.

Families need to have complete confidence in Francis House, and we hope that these measures will provide reassurance as we deal with a constantly changing situation.

Kindest regards






David Ireland, Chief Executive Officer

Gill Bevin, Registered Manager and Director of Care

Page last updated 20th July 2020

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