Welcome to Firstlings

Firstlings is a residential home, located in the lovely, picturesque town of Maldon in Essex, and has been established since 1986. It was originally a vicarage, and is set in gardens, including a centrally positioned courtyard garden and patio area. At Firstlings, we are told it feels like a home away from home. The Home has been beautifully furnished and our onsite handyman ensures the decor is regularly updated to keep the Home looking fresh.

About Us & Our Home

We provide 24-hour quality care for 32 elderly ladies or gentleman in single rooms who are aged 65 or above who may have suffered the disabilities of stroke/arthritis or any illness that has affected their mobility or ability to look after themselves and their homes any longer without assistance.

We are able to also provide care for those suffering from Alzheimer’s or Dementia. However, the home does not provide nursing care directly; district nurses do serve the home on a daily basis.

At Firstlings we are committed to providing a secure, happy and comfortable home, promoting a high standard of care and understanding of individuals needs, to offer as mush support as required, whilst maintaining respect for privacy at all times, and help maintain personal dignity and independence wherever possible.

All bedrooms and communal areas are fitted with a nurse-call system and smoke alarm. All bedrooms are fully furnished, but residents are welcome to bring with them items of their own furniture by arrangement.

What we offer

We have regular visits from a hairdresser, chiropodist and optician, and also hold Holy Communion every month. Our doctors and districts nurses highly recommend us and we have a great relationship with them all.

Activities are given a very high priority in our home, and we pride ourselves on the range and variety we offer our residents; from bingo, and alphabet games to flower arranging. Many are also not only enjoyable but aid in keeping the mind active from number recognition to mind expression. We also have a sensory garden with brightly coloured charms and butterflies, sparkling in the sunshine.

The Home has great support from local businesses, where one such business provides us with the flowers for our arranging classes. Support from our local community is very important to us and we attend Rotary club parties and our local secondary school, with volunteers coming in for demonstrations too.

Meals are freshly cooked daily, puddings and homemade cakes are a treat and our dining room has a very homely feel.

Our staff are all dedicated with all that they do and give lots of support to families too. We hold coffee mornings, cheese and wine evenings and a garden party or barbeque in the summer time, these also raise funds for our residents so they enjoy life to the full.

You can read our Care Quality Commission Report here.

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Location & Contact Details

Firstlings
7 The Street
Heybridge
Maldon
CM9 4NB

Telephone:

General
01621 853747

Email:

Manager: Tina Bently
Single rooms: 32
Rooms with ensuite WC: 26
Registered care categories: Dementia
Old Age
Specialist care categories: Alzheimer's

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To whom it may concern,

I regret to inform you that due to the recent rise in COVID-19 across the nation, along with difficulties accessing regular and effective testing, Sohal Healthcare have taken the step of once again closing all of our services to non-essential visits.

We understand how much distress this will cause and can assure you that this measure has been taken as a last resort and is with deep regret. We truly believe that this is the most effective way of preventing COVID-19 spreading in our care homes.

As of Monday the 14th of September 2020, all homes in the group will again close their doors to all non-essential visits. Residents will still have access to health professionals throughout this closure, but it does mean that non-medical visitors, such as hairdressers and entertainment will also be cancelled.

We hope to update you soon as to when we can re-open and will be reviewing the situation on a weekly basis. I cannot put a date on when are likely to reopen as we will need to see an improvement in the daily figures and/or have better access to testing across the group. As soon as there is any sort of change we will let you know immediately.

This decision has been made at senior management level so please bear this in mind if and when speaking to staff at our care homes.

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss this further, please contact me on r.stokes@sohal.healthcare

Yours Sincerely

 

Rory Stokes

Operations Manager – Sohal Healthcare