Sisters and brothers are welcomed and included in the care offered to the family.
Brothers and sisters who have a sibling with a life limiting condition may have different experiences to their friends. Respite provides an opportunity to spend quality time with their family or they may wish to have time pursuing their own interests alongside other young people or with members of the Francis House team.
Brothers and sisters sometimes need additional support, time to talk and space to share their feelings and worries.
At Francis House we try to assign Care team members to provide support.
From the age of five brothers and sisters are invited to join the Seasons group, where they can meet other young people whose sibling also uses the Hospice.
There are two groups for young and older siblings. Groups meet regularly for age appropriate activities and trips.
The Seasons groups enable brothers and sisters to have fun, make new friends and chat in a relaxed environment. These meetings help Care Team members to get to know them as individuals, allowing more personalised care and support.
"I thought it would be all about Angel, but I learnt it's about the whole family and that Francis House is here for everyone of us. Nobody is left out."Sharon - Angel, Samara and Jonathan's mum