Advertising Feature: Caring Comes 1st in Kingswood
MAINTAINING your independence and the ability to stay in your own home as you get older is important to many, especially in light of recent reports relating to care home deaths due to Covid-19.
Caring Comes 1st is an organisation that can help you to remain in your home. The Kingswood-based company is a family run business that focuses on building a care package to suit your own needs and requirements, and allows you to remain in your own home for as long as is safely possible.
Services include helping with everyday tasks during daily visits or live-in care, which means a carer stays with you around the clock. In addition, they can also provide dementia care for those that need it.
Other services include palliative care through specialist support for end of life, and respite care, which allows the agency to support family members and give them a break from caring for their loved ones.
The management team themselves have over 25 years of experience, having been healthcare workers at the start of their careers, which has allowed a set of core values shared by the entire team.
Caring Comes 1st states that its purpose is “To enable our clients to maintain their independence in their own home through person centred care”.
All care delivered is tailored to meet the individual’s needs. These needs may include support with personal care and hygiene i.e. support to shower or help get dressed, assistance with medication including ordering, collection, prompts and administration if required, food and drink preparation, and household tasks including cleaning and washing.
Caring Comes 1st offers a holistic approach to care, and considers mental health and wellbeing to be just as important as physical care.
Each care visit is a minimum of 30 minutes but the total length will depend on the tasks that are required to be undertaken. An experienced member of staff can visit you and loved ones at an agreed time, assess your needs and design a tailored care plan.
For those living with dementia it can be worrying and extremely disorientating, as well as being a stressful time for family members. All staff are dementia friendly and have been trained to understand the condition and how it may affect a client.
Caring Comes 1st offers respite care services, allowing you to take some time off while knowing that your loved one is safe and being cared for. The respite service can help you when you need it - from a couple of hours a day through to 24-hour care, there is service available to suit both you and your loved one's needs. 24-hour care is an affordable alternative to moving into a care home, allowing a person to continue to live at home for as long as it is safe to do so, with full care surrounding bathing, shaving, dressing, medication and cooking. Arranging palliative care or end of life care can be distressing and emotional for all those involved, however it does mean that your family member or loved one is able to stay somewhere familiar, relaxed and comfortable surrounded by the people they love.
Caring Comes 1st and its healthcare team work very closely with other healthcare professionals including GPs, District Nurses, Occupational Therapists and Social Workers. If healthcare staff have any concerns, this is reported immediately to the office who will arrange input from the relevant care professional.
All staff are DBS checked and relevant references from previous employers are obtained.
During the recruitment process staff undergo rigorous training with opportunities to undertake relevant diplomas in Heath & Social Care.
Caring Comes 1st has had two “GOOD” ratings from CQC (Care Quality Commission) which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire care team. Caring Comes 1st is affiliated with Care & Support West and UKHCA among others.
If you require an informal chat relating to any care needs that you or your loved one may have, please get in contact with the agency's professional office team who will be more than happy to help.