Summer update

With the Government's lifting of some restrictions, Francis House has begun to return to something more ‘normal’.

Page updated 8th July 2021

In April, the young people returned for planned respite care, and both Francis House and Francis Lodge opened. The young people are able to enjoy activities inside, in the garden, and even go out on trips.

Laura Earley became the second Clinical Lead and now oversees care at Francis Lodge.

Telephone contact has continued, doorstep visits have taken place and symptom control, emergency respite, emotional support and homecare have continued to work hard.  New families have been referred and have been able to look around Francis House.

In May, care began for whole families and parents have come along for a well-earned rest and a chance to ‘off-load’ after eighteen months of unremitting care.

Child in wheelchair with nurse in garden pirate ship at Francis House

But things will be different.  Homecare is growing, as is the emotional and bereavement support service.  Care team members are being recruited so that services not only open up but improve and expand. Fundraising plans for events post restrictions are already taking shape.

The next year is going to be hard as the number of families on roll grows week on week and the need to raise funds is even more important.

Thank you to everyone who has helped Francis House in any way over the last eighteen months with kindness and invaluable support.

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