A groundbreaking pilot project has been launched in Greater Manchester providing a new care home for six young people with life-limiting conditions and complex needs.
Operated by Francis House Families Ltd – a trading subsidiary of Francis House Family Trust the registered charity behind Francis House Children’s Hospice – the care home will enable young people to live in a domestic setting whilst being cared for around the clock by a team of highly trained staff.
Sir Warren Smith KCVO KStJ JP officially opened the care home at 92 Barcicroft Road and Bishop John Arnold the Bishop of Salford blessed the project. Families and representatives of Francis House Children’s Hospice were among those attending the opening ceremony.
Dermot Murphy, Registered Manager of the care home in Stockport said:
“This home is dedicated to providing these six young people with an enriching and fulfilling life. 92 Barcicroft Road aims to provide a comfortable and supportive living environment where young people with life-limiting conditions can thrive and experience the joys of everyday life.
“Our team will work closely with each young person and their family to understand their individual needs and provide tailored support to help them live as full a life as possible.
“We are thrilled to be able to provide this new and innovative option for young people with life-limiting conditions and complex needs, and we are confident that 92 Barcicroft Road will have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of the young people who live there and their families.”
Two former semi-detached properties underwent conversion into a six-bedroom care home, comprising a communal dining room and lounge, bed lift, large shower room and bathroom and a multi-sensory room.
92 Barcicroft Road has close links with Francis House Children’s Hospice and all of the young people who come to live there will continue to receive respite care and symptom control at the Hospice.
The home is staffed by a team of highly trained and compassionate individuals who are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to each and every resident.
David Ireland, chief executive of Francis House Children’s Hospice and Company Secretary of Francis House Families Ltd said:
“Number 92 is all about giving these young people a good quality of life and the opportunity for new experiences. It will be family orientated with the parents remaining very much involved.
“The weight of responsibility of caring for a young person with complex needs falls heavily on the shoulders of their parents. They are exhausted from many years of care as there is little or no alternative support for them.
“With the opening of this new property, we can support six more young people with limited capacity. What we are doing is groundbreaking and as far as I’m aware nowhere else has a facility like this.”
The day-to-day costs of funding the care of the young people will come from their individual care packages and involves no charitable fundraising.