Residential Care Home
The Firs is an established residential care home with an outstanding reputation, nestled within 1.5 acres of gardens in a picturesque and tranquil area of East Devon.
We are within walking distance of Budleigh Salterton, a charming seafront town on the Jurassic Coast which has flourished over the years, once a small fishing village with a long and interesting history of smuggling. The pebble beach, lined with quaint multi-coloured beach huts, is breathtaking and just a short journey from our home.
About the Home
All 38 bedrooms at The Firs are private and spacious with en suite facilities. The home has undertaken a recent extension which features all the latest facilities tailored to people living with a dementia-type illness. There are three separate conservatories, including the dining room, as well as additional lounges, providing a selection of relaxation or activity areas for residents to choose from.
Our loyal activities co-ordinator, Linda, has been with us for over 10 years. She is devoted to providing a stimulating and diverse activities timetable for the residents. These include animal therapy, dominoes, skittles and singalongs, as well as one-to-one sessions with those who are less agile. Additionally, we organises regular outings, for example, to the Pavilion for Christmas memories which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Nutrition is extremely important when it comes to health and well-being and we recognise this, making sure that the residents are provided with satisfying yet healthy food which is freshly prepared each day and caters to individual needs and preferences.
Types of Care
Residential care is for older people who are finding it increasingly difficult to manage at home without additional help and support.
Residents will not only be supported with personal care but our devoted staff will take over all the everyday tasks of laundry, cooking, gardening and housekeeping, allowing the residents more time to relax and enjoy themselves in a comfortable and safe environment.
It is our priority to make everything as seamless as possible in the moving process so that your loved one maintains their independence, dignity and identity at all times. Choosing the right care home for a loved one can be an overwhelming task and we will be there to support you throughout the whole process. We encourage friends and family to visit as often as they can and everyone is of course invited to come along to the parties and events we regularly hold for the residents.
At Buckland Care we take time to get to know each resident, tailoring the care we provide to suit each individual person. Our dedicated team is proud of the facilities available to residents, and work hard to ensure they retain as much independence as possible but rest assured, we will be there 24 hours a day should they need us.
Choosing a care home for someone living with dementia is a major decision. You need to be sure that your loved one will be in an understanding, nurturing environment with professionals who have the experience and knowledge to safely care for them.
At all Buckland Care homes that is exactly what we offer. We do everything we can to make our residents feel at ease, with tailored features for those living with dementia. Every carer is trained to care for dementia patients and our homes have been adapted to aid those living with a dementia-related illness.
Buckland Care homes provide respite care for people who may only require a short stay in a care home. Respite care is an invaluable service for those who care full-time for their loved ones, providing them with a chance to take a break from daily responsibilities.
Some residents use it as a way to trial the home before moving in full term, to see if they will feel settled and at home. The length of time residents stay is flexible and can be anything from a week to a few months. We will work with you and deliver a high level of professional care to all residents no matter how long they are staying with us.
In all of our homes at Buckland Care, we offer day care for those who wish to socialise with their peers and be looked after during the day but return to their own home in the evening.
The benefits of this are plentiful: allowing full time carers to rest; socialising with like-minded people and keeping the body and mind active; relieving oneself of the hassle of personal care and home-cooked meal preparation; a simple change of scene. With our welcoming staff on hand all day, individuals can feel safe and secure within our friendly care homes and enjoy a different environment to their own home.
We are proud of our excellent reputation achieved through the highest standards of residential care and close attention to the social and personal needs of the residents. Our home is led by the people who live at The Firs with no set routines or structures. Many of the faithful staff have worked as part of our dedicated team for up to 15 years.
Andrea has worked in care since 1999, making her debut at a nursing home in Budleigh Salterton before attending college to undertake a teaching degree. She loved taking care of the elderly and decided this was her vocation in life. Working her way up and taking a NVQ 3 in Health & Social Care, Andrea soon became care manager of a home for people with a form of dementia in 2001 and later went on to work in Magnolia House for 13 years before moving to The Firs and becoming the Registered Manager. Andrea is passionate about dementia, presenting workshops for SHARP Care planning in dementia care, having training qualifications and a Bsc Hons Degree in Dementia Studies. Andrea believes that the home should be led by the residents and is adamant that each person is able to live a life which enhances well-being.
Andrea lives in Exmouth with her husband and two young daughters and her hobbies include running, horse riding and going to festivals and musical theatre.
Linda has worked at the Firs for over 10 years now. Previously, she worked in a nursery for a number of years and achieved her NVQ 2 in childcare learning and development before deciding to move to the other end of the spectrum to an elderly care environment.
Linda has two children, lives in Exmouth and enjoys keeping fit, reading, walking and spending time with family.
Jacky joined The Firs in May 2016, previously working with a background in Accounting.
Away from work she enjoys walking with her husband and their rescue dog, Summer.
Jason has over 20 years’ experience working in kitchens and cooking and has been at The Firs for over 9 years. His expert knowledge in the importance of nutrition in older people and those with a dementia illness ensures that residents are kept healthy and satisfied. Jason lives in Exmouth with his wife and son and enjoys taking his son to the motorbike racing in his spare time.
When I visit [my father] I am always impressed by the kindness and cheerfulness shown by the staff. Dad is treated with dignity and respect by a very professional and caring team and I am extremely grateful to them for all that they do to keep him safe, secure and so well looked after.
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