supporting you with first class care with heart-warming attention to detail and the little things always mean the most with heart-warming attention to detail and the little things always mean the most

Introduction to 1st Homecare

We are delighted that you are considering or have chosen 1st Homecare as your care provider.  Currently 1st Homecare operates through three branches, based in Oxford, Kings Langley and Leighton Buzzard.

My wife, Annabella, and I had both had corporate careers but following the birth of our daughter, Rose, and a move from London to rural Buckinghamshire, we realised we also wanted a change in what we did.  We both wanted a second career doing something more worthwhile and personal, that made a real difference to people’s lives.

Annabella had lost her mother a few years before and this had planted a seed by highlighting the importance of person centred care and how crucial good care is and what difference it can make to someone’s life, in any health and social care setting.  For me, when my father developed cancer, the fact that, with help from a team of carers and nurses, he was able to fulfil his wish of dying in his own home, with his family around him, brought alive for me how important it is to have the ability and choice to stay for as long as possible in the place that feels most comfortable and gives the most independence.

As a result, we bought 1st Homecare (Leighton Buzzard) in 2012 and since then we have done our very best to help the elderly, frail and disabled to continue living an independent life at home where they can be surrounded by those things or people that they cherish, whether it be their friends, family, possessions or lifetime memories. This lies at the heart of everything we do – to enable clients to live at home with choice, dignity, care and respect.

We have both worked tirelessly to create a business that provides the best environment for our carers to provide care to the standards we expect. In 2016 we bought another Care Provider in Oxford and in 2019 another in Kings Langley and gave them the same name so that we now have three offices sharing the same values and beliefs.

We believe that a key difference between 1st Homecare and many other care providers is that our carers are very well trained: only recently, we appointed a Trainer across the Group who ensures that face-to-face training is consistently delivered according to our own high standards across the group. This key appointment emphasises the importance we give to training and the personal development of our carers.

John Rennison
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"C and I and all the family would like to thank you for your all your help and the excellent care you provided to C over the past year. The carers are truly wonderful people and showed enormous kindness and friendship to C, and also to ourselves. C and we became very attached to them and we thank them warmly and wish all of them and you all the very best for the future. It was also so helpful that they were able to be with C when she was in hospital over that last month and a great comfort for her to have friendly and familiar faces at her bedside all the time. Thank you."
"My father has vascular dementia and cognitive problems from a stroke he survived 4 years ago. Just before Christmas, Dad became extremely ill and was rushed into hospital. We were told he had about 3 hours to live. His bowel had twisted and his blood pressure was 60/50! I rushed to the hospital along with my family. We were in complete shock as his health was failing so quickly. Even the priest turned up and read Dad his last rights. Thankfully Dad hung on in there and pulled through. We all felt so exhausted and decided to go home to freshen up. We later discovered from the nurses that 1st Homecare staff put aside their own plans for Christmas and went to the hospital to make sure dad was ok and had someone with him whilst we took a break. These very special, wonderful carers selflessly went above and beyond to care and help my whole family with their huge hearts and endless kindness. I would highly recommend 1st Homecare to everyone. Thank you"
"My sister and I needed help for my mother back in January 2019 very urgently and 1st Homecare were able to sort out a package for the evening of the next day, which was remarkably good. My mother has very much enjoyed the company of the carers, and my sister and I have enjoyed the peace of mind which it brought. NT (April 2019)"
"When you look for a provider, you look for a friendly and professional service. 1st Homecare (Oxford) Ltd provide both. Sometimes care needs change or are required urgently and the care manager has always been quick to respond and effective- would recommend. DC (April 2019)"
"1st Homecare provide an excellent level of service with consistently high quality staff. 1st Homecare are unique in my experience ensuring each and every person is highly professional, supremely competent and most importantly, sensitive and diligent in their duty of care. I feel myself to be extremely fortunate to have forged such a good relationship with my care provider and, because I am given respect and time, I think of many of my carers as friends and not just employees. Long may it continue. AT (Jan 2020)"
"I am not ill (just old!) but I am very lonely since my husband died and a visit from a carer each morning starts the day on a cheerful note. DS (Jan 2020)"
"Good, professional service received. Thank you. JG (Jan 2020)"
"I cannot fault my care. PE (Jan 2020)"
"I mostly have care from two regular carers and they are excellent to me. Without their care and friendliness I know I would not be where I am now. It's always a pleasure to see them. JP (Jan 2020)"