The philosophy of Birchwood Care Services is simple: we treat our clients how we would like to be treated. Our aim is also simple: to enable our clients to enjoy living as fulfilling, independent lives as possible in their own homes, for as long as possible. We provide bespoke homecare packages structured to meet the individual needs of each of our clients to support their independent living, and we employ genuinely caring staff who go the extra mile and treat our clients with kindness and respect.
We cover the Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Edenbridge areas of West Kent. Unlike most other agencies, we also cover the surrounding villages, including:
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How we look after our homecare clients is how we would like to be looked after ourselves, when the time comes. We treat our clients with kindness, dignity and respect and offer them the very best care possible, from staff who are appropriately trained. But we don’t just follow the care plan; we take time to listen to our clients and meet their emotional, as well as their physical, needs. And we always remember that we are a guest in their home, and respect their property and their privacy.
Our clients are at the heart of our care, so we make sure you have the home care package that is right for you. Whether you are arranging care for yourself or a relative, we offer a no-obligation assessment to discuss your needs. We then confirm your tailored care with you after you have had time to think about it; we want you to feel completely comfortable that what we are providing is exactly what you need. We also review your care package regularly to make sure that it continues to meet your needs over time, discussing any changes with you and/or your relatives.
As a small agency, we are able to provide strong continuity of care. As far as possible, we allocate regular carers to each of our home-care clients, so our clients and our staff can really get to know one another, but with only a small team our clients soon get to know all the staff who work in their locality. We provide a care folder in each of our client's homes, so all staff know what care to provide and are informed about any updates or changing needs identified by their colleagues. Our staff also raise any concerns they have about their clients with the central team so we can make sure we continue to provide appropriate care, liaising with other health professionals as necessary to make sure all our clients have holistic healthcare support.
Our staff are one of the things that makes us different from other agencies. They are genuinely caring and interested in our clients, giving that little bit extra day in, day out. We carry out thorough recruitment processes, including checking police records and references, and provide a comprehensive induction programme, so that they only start working alone when they are ready for it. All our staff have appropriate training: all our carers and domestic support staff have completed training in person-centred care, health and safety, moving and handling, safeguarding people from abuse, equality and diversity, dignity and compassion, food safety and infection control. The majority of our staff have, or are working towards, relevant care NVQs. All our carers have dementia training, while some have achieved Level 2 dementia training, safe handling of medicines, customer, end-of-life, sight awareness, diabetes, winter warmth and stoma care.
Our central team operate out of the delightful Birchwood House Care Home in the picturesque village of Speldhurst. Half of the residents of the care home were formerly supported in their own homes by our at-home carers. This cross over provides them with reassuring continuity; they know all the admin and management team, whom they see daily in the home, and they regularly see their former carers when they come in for training. The continuity and familiar faces make the transition to a residential home even easier for them.
Our manager, Wendy Ryan, knew there was only one team she would trust to look after her own mother:
"When I recruit staff or structure a care package, I always have in my mind: is this what I would want for my mother? So when the time came that my mother needed support in her home, I had no hesitation in asking our staff to look after her, as I knew she would be getting the very best possible care."
"I've always found the staff very pleasant. When they call on me they are kind, caring and very pleasant. We always have a laugh too!"
"People told us that staff communicated effectively with them, responded to their needs promptly and treated them with kindness and respect."
Care Quality Commission Inspection Report, August 2015