Halesworth & Southwold Community News November 2019 13

Jack’s centenary celebrations

First Choice Home Care gets ready to party

After years of battling poor mobility Jack celebrates his birthday healthy and happy.

There's nothing like sharing the thrill and excitement of a Birthday card from HRH Queen Elizabeth. Of course, it's not an average day and it’s not an average story…

Golden boy

Jack's story spans an incredible lifetime. A war veteran he served in the RAF, working as a Radio Operator, which he plays down with modesty and discretion. In the midst of rationing he married his childhood sweetheart Pat when he was just 27 years old.

Mandy H (Quality Assurance Officer), Teresa F (Registered Manager), Louise F (Medication Officer), Margaret (Private Housekeeper), Corrina K (Quality Assurance Officer), Jack W (Service User), Sophie P (Care & Support Worker). Photo Anna Loynes

Dedicated to the provision of quality care and support Coffee Morning

First Choice Home Care Halesworth Branch held a successful coffee morning on the 18th October 2019, supporting Macmillian Cancer Support and Breast Cancer Now.

We raised a fantastic £180.00.

We would like to thank eveyone who visited us to enjoy some coffee and cake, those that pre ordered cakes and to all that donated and baked cakes.

Teresa F (Registered Manager), Lee H (Quality Assurance Officer), Emily B (Area Manager), Anna L (Administrator / Senior), Faye L (Care Coordinator). Photo Emily Baldwin

“I knew the minute I met her she was the girl for me” he recalls. “we just got on so well, she had the most fabulous smile and caring nature”

After the war they set up home in London and Jack became a commercial photographer and also a father. He’s very family focused and proud of his son, his two grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

“I always remember to be grateful for every day, but especially birthdays” he said with a smile. “Golden, happy days”.

Jack with his Family; Ian, Wayne, Lucy, Thomas and Pat. Photo Anna Loynes It takes two

First Choice Home Care have supported Jack with professional home care for over two years. When we first offered help Jack's mobility was poor with little independent movement, he was more or less chair bound.

Since we've provided care and support, he's not only become more positive but manages to remain living at home and most importantly can now get around by himself.

"When we first started to support Jack, he needed the aid of two carers, specialised equipment & was unable to walk. Over the past 2 1/2yrs he has rehabilitated & now walks with his frame unaided.

It’s an incredible feeling to look back and see how improved Jack’s lifestyle is now. We are a happy team, and I think that helps support and encourage our customers to feel secure.

Determination & spirit

There’s no doubt that Jack is in charge and going to make the most of every day. He adapts and approaches the challenges of old age with a positive attitude and cheery determination.

Events Coming Soon Friday 6th December – Alzheimer’s Society Elf Day.

Our Care and Support Workers and Office Staff will be unleashing their inner elfs and dressing up. Spreading the festive cheer raising money for people affected by Dementia. Together we will help to beat Dementia.

Firday 13th December – Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day. The whole team will be wearing their Chrismas Jumpers to raise money to help children learn, grow and become who they want to be.

Brian T (Service User Relative), Anna Loynes (Administrator / Senior), Emily B (Area Manager), Maureen L (Service User Relative). Photo Teresa Forder

We will be holding Coffee Mornings for both events above at our Halesworth Branch between 11am and 1pm. We hope you can join us for some coffee and cake. Should you be unable to attend we will be taking cake orders for our Service Users and delivering. We look forward to seeing you.

Work With Us We are recruiting Care and Support Workers

Full and part-time positions available. Driving licence essential. Experience preferred but not essential: full training given. Competitive pay £9.50-£12.00 ph, Holiday pay, Pension, NVQs, Recommend a friend scheme & Free uniform.

We commit ourselves to the following objectives:

Mandy H (Quality Assurance Officer), Louise F (Medication Officer), Margaret (Private Housekeeper), Sophie P (Care & Support Worker),

Corrina K (Quality Assurance Officer), Jack W (Service User), Anna L (Administrator/Senior). Photo Teresa Forder

“Carers have found Jack in the garden, out for a walk & even upstairs (against all advice) he is an amazing gentleman, and very, very independent"

Our hopes for the year ahead are that he continues to enjoy his family and friends, making the most of every opportunity and celebrates in style.

We wish him the very best 100th year!

▪ To listen to what our Service Users want ▪ To understand the diverse needs of our Service Users ▪ To work with individuals, families, advocates, and health care professionals ▪ To encourage Service Users to exercise their rights to personal choice ▪ To provide continuity of care and support ▪ To assist our Service Users to maintain and enjoy the benefits of the community

If you are passionate about building a rewarding career within the care industry, we would like to hear from you. Please pop into our office or contact us on the details below, to apply or for more information.


25 Market Place, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 8AY | Tel: 01986 800227 | Email:


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