FRAN­CIS HOUSE

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THE care pro­vided by Fran­cis House ex­tends far be­yond the hospice walls and into the homes of the hun­dreds of fam­i­lies it sup­ports.

Home­care is pro­vided by a team of ex­pe­ri­enced reg­is­tered nurses who also work on the hospice care team.

The home­care team are the first team that fam­i­lies meet, as they go to the fam­ily’s home to visit fol­low­ing ac­cep­tance of a re­fer­ral.

As well as this ini­tial visit they also pro­vide sup­port in a cri­sis, or dur­ing hospi­tal stays.

For Asma and Amjid Yasin and their two daugh­ters Zabiha and Mal­iha from Chorl­ton, vis­its by the home­care team give them the free­dom to en­joy a few hours of in­de­pen­dence each month.

Both sis­ters have the neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­der leukodys­tro­phy and re­quire round the clock care and at­ten­tion.

Un­able to walk and with lim­ited hand move­ment, their ded­i­cated par­ents are full-time car­ers.

In the day Mal­iha, 21, at­tends a spe­cial­ist ed­u­ca­tion col­lege.

Hav­ing left col­lege two years ago Zabiha, 24, now spends the ma­jor­ity of her time at home.

Asma ex­plained: “There is nowhere else that they can go and Fran­cis House gives us home­care three or four times a month, which is a huge help.

“Those hours be­tween 3pm and 7pm are when Amjid and I get to go out and have a break.

“In the past, when I was ill and strug­gling, in the evenings we had some ex­tra shifts.

“Even a cou­ple of hours makes a big dif­fer­ence to us.

“When the girls know the home­care team are com­ing, they tell Amjid and I to get ready, they want us to go out and have a good time.

“Be­cause of their con­di­tion they need to be given their medicines and any per­sonal care.

“They are re­ally com­fort­able with the Fran­cis House team that they have known for years, they look for­ward to it and do art and crafts and love hav­ing their nails done.

“If they need a feed the team can do that, Zabiha takes a long time to eat as she has a soft diet and is also tube fed.”

Home­care is of­fered in ad­di­tion to overnight respite stays at the hospice in Dids­bury, and the whole fam­ily is sup­ported.

Abi Reece, reg­is­tered chil­dren’s nurse and home­care team mem­ber, said: “We are able to give the holis­tic care we pro­vide at the hospice and bring it into the home of the fam­ily.

“Home­care of­fers that ex­tra sup­port and it’s great that we can come in and en­able the par­ents to go out for a meal or do things that other par­ents take for granted.

“Some fam­i­lies may never go out for weeks be­tween vis­its to Fran­cis House. You can’t leave some of our chil­dren and young peo­ple with just any­body be­cause of their clin­i­cal needs.” Fran­cis House is presently seek­ing new mem­bers to join the home­care team. Rel­e­vant qual­i­fi­ca­tions are re­quired. To find out more visit the Staff page at www. fran­cishouse.org.uk. ● Abi Reece, Fran­cis House home­care mem­ber, is pic­tured above with mum Asma Yasin and her daugh­ter Mal­iha Yasin. Mal­iha and Abi are also seen left with He­lena Tom­lin­son, an­other mem­ber of the care team, and Mal­iha’s sis­ter Zabiha

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