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