Local business helps Family Nursing & Home Care to buy new equipment for home care and crisis reablement teams By Ivo Le Maistre Smith on Friday 13 November 2015 Local business helps Family Nursing & Home Care to buy new equipment for home care and crisis reablement teams Image

Family Nursing & Home Care (FNHC) has invested in specialist equipment, which will enable its home care and crisis reablement teams to deliver frontline care to patients in the community. 

The Charity has been able to purchase the equipment, which costs £4,600 and includes oxygen saturation meters, digital thermometers and blood pressure machines, thanks to generous support from Roberts Garages.

The Roberts Garages Community Wishes scheme has donated £2,100 to FNHC, and the remaining money has been raised through Roberts’ loyalty card scheme.

FNHC chief executive, Julie Gafoor, commented: ‘As a charitable organisation FNHC relies on the kind support of businesses and the public to continue providing a breadth of vital health services. Our home care and crisis reablement teams offer frontline care to patients who need support outside of hospital, and this equipment will help our nurses to continue doing this important work.’

‘I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Roberts Garages for their on going support,’ added Mrs Gafoor.

Since 2007, FNHC members and staff have been eligible to apply for a Roberts loyalty card. One pence from each purchase made using the cards is donated to FNHC, raising over £12,100 to date.

Ricky Davey, finance director and general manager at Roberts Garages, commented: ‘Roberts Garages is well known for its outstanding customer service and for going that extra mile when it comes to its customers. We are very fortunate to have a large and loyal customer base, and it seems only fair that we as a company make every effort to thank our customers and the wider community as a whole for this loyalty. To be able offer financial assistance to such worthwhile causes as Family Nursing & Home Care is a real honour and hopefully a recognition of the valuable part they themselves play in the community.’

In 2014 FNHC launched a rapid response and crisis reablement team in partnership with HSSD. The aim of the team is to prevent inappropriate hospital admissions and, for some people already in hospital, to help them get home more quickly.

Home care is a core service for FNHC. The Charity has a team of qualified community nurses, health and home care assistants who provide help, advice and support to increase patients’ independence at home.