Homecare is provided by a team of experienced Registered Nurses who also work on the care team at the hospice.
The Homecare team are the first team from Francis House that families meet. They go to the family’s home to visit following acceptance of a referral.
After this initial visit the homecare team are able to facilitate:
- Some additional respite for children/young people either at home or in the Hospice when a crisis occurs within the family.
- Support children and young people during either acute or long term admissions to hospital.
- Support children and young people at home when receiving end of life care.
- Attend relevant review meetings.
How homecare helps
Homecare is a big help to parents Asma and Amjid. Daughters Zabiha, 24 and Maliha, 21 have complex medical needs and have been coming to Francis House since they were children.
After finishing college two years ago, and with no age-appropriate day centres to attend eldest daughter Zabiha remains at home most of the time.
“When the homecare team come Amjid and I can have a few hours break and can go out. The girls know them so well and really look forward to them coming. They can give the girls their medicines, a feed, and do something nice like crafts, and we can switch off for a couple of hours and go for a coffee or a meal.”
"I love getting to know the families more and building closer relationships with the young people. We are able to give the holistic care we provide at the hospice and bring it into the home of the young people."Abi Reece, Registered children's nurse and homecare team member