The Firs Nursing Home in Taunton provides residential and nursing care home for people over 55. Located on the outskirts of Taunton town centre the home is close to local amenities, has on site parking and boasts a warm, homely feel throughout. Take a look at our virtual tour >>

  • 24 Hrs Nursing Care

  • Highly Trained Staff

  • In Room WiFi

  • Varied Menu Choice

  • On Site Parking

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Contact us

• You can enquire directly to the home on 01823 275927

• Make an enquiry from the website www.golden-care.co.uk/contact

• Make an enquiry on this website and request a brochure at www.carehome.co.uk

• Via Facebook – www.facebook.com/thefirsnursinghome

We are offering virtual viewing currently during Covid 19. We are also able to send videos and pictures of rooms available.

The Firs Nursing Home in Taunton

The Firs Nursing home is in a great central location. Close to all local amenities with a regular bus route and a train station within walking distance. We also have our dedicated GP practice round the corner. We have built close professional relationships with our local GPs. These GP’s give exceptional care to our residents and take the time to get to know them. At The Firs Nursing home in Taunton, we have lots of professionals visit our home with whom we form close working relationships. They assist in keeping everyone healthy and looking their best! For example, we have an in-house hairdresser, a regular Chiropodist, and a physiotherapist. We form close connections with a full range of health professionals to ensure the health and well-being of our residents.

We source from local providers all our fresh vegetables and dairy products. Lots of choices come from being in the large farming county of Somerset.

There is free on-site parking. Each room has WIFI and an individual phone line. Keeping in touch with loved ones is convenient for our residents.

About our Nursing Home

We have 40 rooms at The Firs, all with that home-from-home feel. We are near the town centre of Taunton and are in easy reach of train and bus routes. The Firs has a good skill mix of staff varying in competencies and longevity in the care industry. Here we pride ourselves on nurturing a passion for traditional care.

The home is tastefully decorated. We encourage residents to decorate and furnish their rooms as they choose to. Colleagues, including a registered nurse, are on-site 24 hours a day.

Our home provides care for adults over the age of 65. We can accept residents under 65, following a comprehensive assessment. At the Firs Nursing Home, we are committed and passionate management and senior team. We provide high-quality care tailored to the resident.

Welcome from Home Manager and Clinical Lead

Welcome to The Firs Nursing Home and thank you for considering making our home your new home.

Being the Registered Manager of this home is a true privilege. This home is full of character and memories. I am honoured to be a part of that and to have the opportunity to make more memories with you. We pride ourselves on being a home from home. Our home is a place where residents can relax and feel comfortable in a setting that is safe and enriching. A home where individual needs are met.

Putting residents in control at The Firs

We deliver a service that is person centred and respectful of the resident’s wishes and choices. We encourage active participation from care planning to care delivery. Ensuring that residents are at the heart of their care and how they choose to have their care delivered.

At The Firs Nursing Home, we strive to deliver an excellent quality of service. Providing a homely welcome and feel to all aspects of our care.

There have been many recent changes to our environment and staffing structure. We are proud of the improvements we have made to make our service a better service for you. We would like to welcome you into our home!

Meghann Bowden – Registered Manager

Tamsin Forde – Clinical Manager

Testimonials

“The care staff are so lovely and kind. My Aunt is very happy, in fact, I have not seen her so happy in years. The Manager and his admin are always there to help with a smile on their faces”. CW – Resident’s Niece

“I need to thank the manager of the Firs for showing myself and my family around. When we visited we were unsure of the best place for Mum in her last few weeks, but when we met the manager, he took all our concerns and talked them through. The Firs is very homely and is under-going decoration but it only took us 10 minutes as a family to pick The Firs for Mum. She was there 2 weeks and I can’t thank the staff enough. I know mum was happy there“. RC – Resident’s Son

Personal Message from the Manager

My name is Meghann Bowden. I have the privilege of calling myself the Manager of this family-run Nursing Home in Taunton. The Firs Nursing Home.

I come from a background of care across all roles. I have built my career with hands-on experience to hold this post at The Firs Nursing Home. I am forever continuing to learn and develop my skills. My passion is quality assurance. We look to continuously develop our quality of care and always look to learn, grow and improve as a team. I can assure you that we will never stop learning and improving together. I pride myself on listening to feedback from relatives and residents and implementing new suggestions.

My team make you feel part of the family. Nothing is too much to ask. Our motto here is ‘If it is ok for your Mum or Dad, it’s ok for our residents’. We pride ourselves on delivering that homely family feel to our residents. We encourage them to redecorate their rooms and have input in the care planning process.

Activities

Engaging activities are at the core of what we do here at The Firs. Stimulating minds and bodies for the wellbeing, enjoyment and satisfaction of all residents.

For example we have teamed up with Taunton Chaplains. They are happy to attend and do regular communions and songs of praise. Kindly, they will also come and talk one to one with our residents. There is much more on offer. Our in-house activity team pride themselves on adapting to the wishes of the residents. Sometimes, this is one to one time or changing activities according to wishes and preference. Let us know your hobbies and interests.

We have a beautiful garden that residents are encouraged to use. It brings such joy to sit out and bask in the sunshine – it is a sun trap! Its lovely to sit out and have tea and biscuits with new friends or invite the family.

Here at The Firs we are offering safe visiting according to government guidance. With our added safety measures, we have put in place, we are proud to offer face to face visits for our residents.

Daffodils at The Firs Nursing and Care Home in Taunton

Nutrition

Here at The Firs we pride ourselves on the level of nutrition provided for our residents. Our group nutrition policy is formed by two main factors: quality and choice. We deliver this daily with three freshly prepared, home cooked meals, that have been chosen by our residents.

Our residents love our tea trolley, always filled with cake and biscuits.

All allergens are catered for, discussions around nutritional requirements will be discussed before coming into the home. Our chef will meet with new resident on their day of admission to go through dietary requirements and likes and dislikes.

Statement of Purpose

Read all about our vision, values and structure in The Firs Nursing Home's Statement of Purpose.
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Specialist Services and Equipment

Nourish is the new care planning software that we use here at The Firs. It offers in-depth accountability to residents care. Families can access the content and live data.

We use an online tool to complete all our quality assurance. It includes management tools including rota’s, invoicing, and recruitment.

The company strives on keeping up to date with technology. We strive to continue developing the use of technology in the homes to the benefit of all.

Bedrooms have all the necessary furniture and include clinical profiling beds. We also have call bell units in all communal and bedroom settings.

All bedrooms have TV ariel points and BT phone lines. Residents can have a private phone line in their room.

Contact with loved ones can be made via WhatsApp, Facetime and Echo Show as required.

Bedrooms at Golden Care

Our Rooms

We have a variety of rooms to offer. We have both standard rooms with communal bathrooms and rooms with en-suite facilities.

Prices range from £950 – £1200 per week. The rate includes all facilities, Wi-Fi, laundry, meals, snacks and in house activities.

This variance is down to the room. For example, rooms with private bathroom facility, or additional room requirements due to residents need. We call this a resident’s dependency.

Quoted prices quoted are not guaranteed until we have met the individual and gathered information on their care or nursing needs. Only then will a quote be produced.

When a new resident comes in, we will apply for Funded Nursing Care (FNC). It is a top-up that the home receives on top of the weekly charge. A nurse accessor would come to visit and access the resident’s needs for Nursing. If they are deemed eligible, funding is granted. The FNC entitlement does not come off the weekly fee – this is explained further in the contract.

A pre-admission assessment is completed by the Registered Manager or a Registered Nurse employed by The Firs Nursing Home.

Working In Partnership

At The Firs Nursing Home, we work with many health-related organisations in the local area. This ensures that all required care and services need are available and best suited to you.

Listed below are some of these partners:

CQC – Care Quality Commissioners. Our governing body who set our care standards and regulations

CHC/CCG – Continuing health care services. They provide annual reviews of all our FNC/CHC residents. They ensure residents are getting the correct levels of care

SALT – Speech and Language Therapists

Safeguarding Teams – Local Authority

Social Services – South Somerset District Council. Occasionally, other districts depending on resident’s request of care placement.

French-Wier Medical Centre

St James’ Medical Centre

Boots Pharmacy

LARCH team – providing us with TEP and DNR plans

Dementia Friends – to ensure we as a home are dementia friendly

Taunton Academy School – providing work experience days

Musgrove Park – admissions and discharge team

NHS Training – provided to the home

St Margaret’s Hospice – Training provider of better-quality care

Self Employed Physio Therapist

Tissue Viability Inhouse Champions

Recognised by UNISON – who support our staff and services.

Additional Services

We are pleased to offer a Tuck shop facility.

• Essentials mobile shop – soaps, shampoos, sweets, chocolates, deodorants, talcum powder etc.

Wide range of additional activities including

Self-therapy, Drawing, Film nights, Singing, Ballroom chair dancing, Taunton Academy School visits, Pet therapy dogs, Nursery school visits, Coffee outings, pub lunches, Monthly prize raffle, Pamper parties, Post cards of kindness

• We can arrange a daily paper and magazines. (additional charge to individual)

• Person-centred care planning; we write the care plan with you or your family/loved one

• Regular feedback surveys, we are always striving to improve our service

• Relaxing garden facilities to be able to enjoy in the warmer months where we have BBQs and picnics.

• Vegetable garden

• Raised flower beds

• No visiting times – come whenever you like

• WIFI in all areas

• Free parking directly outside

• Chiropodist visits every 6 weeks

• Optician visits every 6 months

• Onsite salon for everyone to use, with an in-house hairdresser every Wednesday

• Onsite handyman

• Home cooked meals prepared on site, with a large range of meals to choose from

• Guests can stay for meals and we can cater for small parties (for a small fee)

• Escorted visits to appointments

• Competent, compassionate, and caring staff

• Peace of mind knowing that you are in safe hands

We pride ourselves on being a big family at The Firs Nursing Home. Our activity team are passionate about their roles. They are always open to hearing new suggestions. If you want to do something, we would love to share new and exciting experiences with you.

The staff here are keen to learn new experiences and provide the best possible care; whilst also promoting individual well-being.

Porcha The Dog Visits The Firs Nursing Home in Taunton

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