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 >>
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 The 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.
Our Manager and Team
Rebecca Cattell is a qualified Registered Nurse and the Registered Manager at The Firs Nursing Home. Rebecca joined the Firs in May 2021 after moving from Wales where she managed similar services. Rebecca’s is very hands on and enjoys getting to know her residents, and under stand their needs.
Tamsin Forde is also a Registered Nurse and serves a the Clinical Lead, overseeing the Nursing Team and Clinical Care Planning. Tamsin has extensive experience of leadership and management in a Care Home setting and provides excellent support to Rebecca and the nursing team.
Message from the Manager
I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself, my name is Rebecca, and I am the manager at The Firs Nursing Home in Taunton. As a Registered General Nurse I have had a varied career, including working as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse before returning to hands on nursing, then moving into care home management. One of the things I love about nursing in a residential setting is that we have the opportunity to really get to know our residents and their families, enabling us to care for each individual just the way they would like.
When the time comes for an individual to move into residential care it can be a difficult adjustment for both them and their loved ones. At The Firs we understand how hard it can be and will work with you as you settle in and feel at home. We are a friendly team who all work together to make this a fun place to live and work whilst also ensuring we continue to learn, developing our service to be the best it can be.
As a manager you will often find me out in the home, chatting to our residents, visitors, and staff. I'm committed to understanding what we are doing well and what we need to improve. I welcome feedback – both the good and the not so good – what we don’t know we can’t celebrate or improve. If you’re in visiting pop in for a chat or I can be contacted via telephone or email if this is better for you.
Rebecca Cattell – Registered Manager
"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
"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
Activities & Wellbeing
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.
Digital Care Logs
At Llanyravon Court, we're committed to making sure each resident receives the right kind of care at the right time, that's we have use a specialist digital care planning system called Nourish.
Our care team use Smart Handheld Devices to log food and fluid intake, pressure relief, weights, and much more. The detailed digital records help us monitor potential easily warning signs, and us make sure residents are receiving all the nutrition care they need to thrive.
Resident's Care Plans can also be viewed by selected family and friends via our Residents Portal. Simply log in via an internet browser and stay up to dated with your loved ones care package and interactions.
Here at The Firs we pride ourselves on the level of nutrition provided for our residents. Our group nutrition policy is inspired by our commitment to quality and choice. Every day we deliver three freshly prepared, home cooked, meals that have been chosen by our residents.
Our tea trolley is available throughout the day and filled with delicious cakes and treats from resident snacks.
Our chef meets with each resident when they arrive to discuss any dietary requirements, including personal preference and allergies.
Bedrooms have all the necessary furniture and include clinical profiling beds. We have a specialist emergency call bell system in all individual rooms and communal spaces. For those requiring them, we also have overhead ceiling hoists.
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 Amazon Echo Show as required.
Working In Partnership
At The Firs Nursing Home we work in partnership with a wide variety of health care professionals who support us to provide excellent, person centred, care for out residents. Our primary partners are listed below.
Care Quality Commissioners
Sommerset Clinical Commissioning Group
Continuing Health Care
Speech and Language Therapists (SALT)
French-Wier Medical Centre
St Margaret’s Hospice
St James’ Medical Centre
Taunton Academy School
Musgrove Park Hospital
Croner Health & Saftey
Firs Nursing Home has a wide variety of rooms available. 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.
Before any resident moves in, or is allocated a room, a detailed pre-admission assessment is completed by the Registered Manager or a Registered Nurse employed by The Firs Nursing Home.
Statement of Purpose
Read all about our vision, values and structure in The Firs Nursing Home's Statement of Purpose.
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