Francis House Families Ltd
We provide a home for life for teenagers and young adults with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions
Company Registration No. 05180888
Thanks to recent medical interventions many of the young people who use Francis Lodge – our teenage and young adult respite facility – are now living into their twenties (even thirties).
Whist this is good news for the young people, the care that they need falls in a large part on their parents.
The stress that this places on families is great. Many parents become ill themselves and unable to give the care needed. Some parents develop heart and stress related conditions, others have cancer, and a significant number die before their poorly children.
Unfortunately facilities that can care for young people with these conditions are few and far between, many young people are placed in nursing homes for the elderly.
In 2015, we were able to purchase a property from Caritas Diocese of Salford and after refurbishment and extension, we opened the facility as a seven bed ‘home for life.’
The building has been named 463.
Living life to the full
The young people living at 463 continue to be offered respite care at Francis House.
Their conditions and abilities differ, however at 463, they become part of a close community with people of a similar age and they are encouraged to live their lives as fully as their conditions allow.
The young people attend college, join sports activities, obtain work experience – most importantly they live full social lives and are able to develop as young adults.
The success of this venture is seen in the difference that this type of accommodation makes in young people’s lives.
Where life is short it should be lived as fully as possible.
"Living here gives me independence. With support from the staff I have the opportunity to go to the sports club and play boccia. We’re like a family and we support one another."
Directors and Staff
Francis House Family Trust is not able to operate such a facility and so a new Trading Subsidiary was formed and registered at Company House ‘Francis House Families Ltd.’
The Directors of the Limited Company
Jane Kempler (Chair)
Dr Susan Kirk
Dr Susan O’Halloran
Dr Andrew Taylor
Rev Joseph Carney
Dr Edward Gasiorowski
The Company Secretary is the Revd David Ireland.
463 is registered independently with the Care Quality Commission.
The regulated activities
Accommodation for persons who require nursing or personal care.
Treatment of disease, disorder or injury.
The Registered Manager is Mr Dermot Murphy.
The Nominated Individual is Revd David Ireland.
Whilst Francis House Family Trust owns and manages the building Francis House Families Ltd manages the day to day running of the facility.
Income comes through the individual residents Local Authority Care Budget and additional medical assessment payments (where appropriate).
The 463 Team
Tel: 0161 979 0887
463 Parrswood Road, Manchester M20 5NE
Dermot has extensive experience in the field of social care and health and he has been responsible for pioneering initiatives in social care to develop and improve services. At the heart of this has always been a commitment and interest in the provision of high quality care and the needs of service users.
Some of this work was recognised nationally and has been incorporated into national policy. He has been responsible of the management of a wide range of social care and health provision, in many cases leading the successful integration of these services to produce improved outcomes. Dermot has a deep personal attachment to this venture and is keen to use his prior skills and knowledge to ensure the service is a success.
Hannah has had broad experience in the fields of social care and health initially working for the Catholic Children’s Rescue Society, she studied law at university gaining her LLB (hons).
Hannah’s deep personal commitment to social justice and improving the lives of others motivated her to undertake a master’s degree in social work. She left university to work for Lancashire County Council in the Fostering Service and then returned for a short time to Caritas Diocese of Salford.
She joined Francis House in 2011 as a member of the care team receiving specialist training in Emotional and Bereavement Support. Her singular blend of experience and personal values led to her being appointed House Lead in 2021 to assist Dermot in expanding the Residential service.
Sister Maureen O’Driscoll
Sister Maureen worked as a Dental Therapist from 1977 – 1983. In 1983 she became a Religious Sister joining the order – the Franciscan Mission of St. Joseph. She trained as a Registered Nurse and Registered Sick Children’s Nurse joining the staff of Francis House Children’s Hospice in 1992. When 463 was proposed Sister Maureen was seconded to bring her clinical experience to the house.
Care Quality Commission
Our residential unit is regulated by the Care Quality Commission, who are an independent body tasked with monitoring Health and Social Care in England.
They ensure that services are Safe, Effective, Caring, Responsive and Well Led.
You can read our current inspection report by clicking onto the report.