Located in the rural landscape of North Devon, South-West of the UK
Established in 1985, Francis House residential rehabilitation centre has been supporting men with their recovery from alcohol addiction
We offer a range of activities including group therapy, art, gym class, fishing, gardening, country walks, pool and snooker and tennis.
With the treatment we provide, it helps men to get back on their feet and overcome their difficulties.
We understand there are many reasons behind people becoming dependent upon alcohol which is why each care plan is tailored to their individual needs.
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"Our eclectic care philosophy encourages the discovery of the positive aspects of character that can help to restore individual self-esteem and confidence"
- Francis House Philosophy -
Clients comments when they leave Francis House
Read some of our history, stories and processes
Situated in North Devon, Francis House (Assisi Community Care) operates an abstinence-based therapeutic model. It is set in seven acres of beautiful grounds with gardens and lakes where our residents quality of life can improve in a facility that is both peaceful and therapeutic for recovery from alcohol recovery.
Harry said that his continuous drinking had made it impossible for him to cope in the community where it was now a daily problem for himself, his family and his neighbours.
He needed time away to deal with his alcohol problem. He wanted to get away from the crowd of ‘friends’ who were using his place to drink in on a regular basis.
We have been helping clients to stop drinking for over thirty years in the beautiful countryside of North Devon. We feel that the key to our success has been creating individual care plans around the person rather than expecting the person to fit a programme.
Normally recovery takes around 12 weeks; longer placements are available through discussion with all interest parties. We accept that due to the chronic nature of their alcohol addiction, some will have stressors; either mentally or physically, which will need to be addressed over a longer period of time and which we can accommodate.
Furniture is provided in the care setting however some personal items may be able to be accommodated in the room. Suitable seasonal clothing and footwear, a jacket is advisable. Musical equipment, radio, cd player, guitar, etc. (sorry no drum kits).
Mobile phones are allowed and to comply with legislation all electrical goods must be tested on arrival.
Generally, large pieces of furniture, pets and animals, cars, motorbikes or other transport vehicles are not permitted. However, some personal means of transport is sometimes negotiable with the management.
Clients are not allowed off the premises during their first two weeks without a staff escort. Therefore for the first two weeks, it is advisable for clients to link into our programme and social contacts should be minimal.
After this time residents are welcome to invite relatives and friends to the house, however, Francis house needs to be informed of dates and times of visits prior to any visitor’s arrival. Visiting hours is 9:00-1:00 & 14:00-18:00 including weekends. After these hours visitors will not be allowed on the premises unless there is a justified cause for their extended stay. More information on our policies and procedures can be found by contacting Francis House.
Clients are here for rehabilitation so resuming and/or developing positive contact and relationships is considered beneficial. Visitors must always sign in at the office and stay with the resident throughout their stay. We ask that residents associate with their visitors in communal areas.
The diet is varied and can routinely include individual choices, for example, vegetarian or restricted diets due to allergies. Diabetic diets can be catered for and we have plenty of information to support special diets.
You are welcome to bring your own laptop, phone or tablet. There is limited wireless internet access in Francis House for use with your own computer, however, internet speeds are below average (as we are located in a rural area) and it is subject to a fair usage agreement. Constantly using technology can be a distraction in the recovery process and it is not encouraged.
To help prevent complications and stress all contact with the DWP will normally be through nominated senior staff. All funded clients may be required to sign a DWP Indemnity Form allowing Francis House Management to implement a non-enduring Power of Attorney and recover client contributions where appropriate and requested.
Like alcohol, tobacco is now recognised as damaging to health and we encourage clients to take the opportunity to address any addiction through non-smoking support. Assisi Community Care operates full compliance with smoke-free legislation and the premises and grounds are smoke-free. Certain bedrooms in Francis House are designated non-smoke free.
Clients who are privately funded, fill in the appropriate forms and are required to pay two weeks in advance on admission and subsequently weekly in advance.
Our weekly costs for clients are from £630.00 upward and are dependent on the individuals care needs and treatment plan.
Alcohol Respite Programme –
Week 1-4 from £630 per week
Week 5-8 from £595 per week
Week 9-12 from £540 per week
Assisi Community Care reserves the right to charge additional fees if the quality of care required increases from the initial care assessment. The quality of care is regularly reviewed, and if a higher degree of nursing assistance is required, then an additional fee will be requested to meet such needs. Additional costs are negotiated through proper consultation with the referral agent.
Please note that one week’s notice is required for departure and deposits or fees paid in advance are not refundable in the event of non-completion of stay or non-arrival.