The vision of Lagan’s Foundation is to provide highly skilled professional carers to assist families so they can receive a short break.
All staff are fully DBS checked and have specific needs training to enable them to care for a child confidently.
The purpose of the professional carer will be to give the parent a break when they most need it, by offering an extra pair of hands to care for the specific child while the parent takes ‘time out’ in the home or at hospital or community.
Along with the caring role, Lagan’s Foundation hopes to provide simple support, information and guidance to parents so that they understand the level of care and support they may be entitled to receive from the NHS, Local Authority and other services in their area.
Lagan’s Foundation is supported by Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Cardiac and Gastroenterology Departments and will be working closely with Royal Bolton Hospital for Donation and Bereavement related matters and other associated community groups.
It has been recognised through the experience gained whilst caring for Lagan, that coordinating and accessing, care and support services, once baby or child returns home from a specialist unit where they have received diagnosis, treatment or care, is a challenging, and overwhelming task for many parents.