First Choice Home Care

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Head Office 01379 640100

Snetterton 01953 667950

Halesworth 01986 800227

Norwich 01603 980394

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Where is there a home care company in Halesworth

 First Choice Home Care has a home care (domiciliary care) branch near the Market Place in Halesworth.  The Registered Manager will talk you through how domiciliary care works and answer any questions you may have.  The telephone number is 01986 800227.


How often can I have care in Norfolk or Suffolk?

First Choice Home Care Ltd can offer a person-centered care package tailored to your individual needs. Please complete the form under Contact Us and a member of our team will get back to you.


How often can I have care in Norfolk or Suffolk?

First Choice Home Care Ltd can offer a person centered care package tailored to your individual needs. Please complete the form under Contact Us and a member of our team will get back to you.


Top 5 signs that your elderly parent may need a little extra support

What to look out for and how we can help


You may have noticed a few changes recently with an ageing parent, relative or partner.

As the effects of aging can creep up subtly it is often down to family members to recognise when someone may need extra assistance.

It’s often hard for elderly people to admit when they need help; they don’t want to be a burden and wish to stay independent at home for as long as possible.

As professional carers we know how quickly things change and we’re also on-hand to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly branches across East Anglia offer tailored domiciliary home care, personal care and specialist support for customers with Parkinson’s, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, illness and disabilities.

Here’s our Top 5 signs to look out for:

  1. Hygiene – Looking unkempt, not keeping on top of washing, teeth brushing and wearing the same clothes.
  1. Physical changes – Struggling getting up, walking, sitting up and doing routine jobs around the house. They may appear more tired, not bothering to clean the house.
  1. Diet - A reduction in appetite, weight loss, de-hydration and out-of-date food becoming a regular fixture in the fridge.
  1. Forgetfulness –Are appointments being missed and medications skipped? They may be behind with shopping or keeping in touch with friends and family.
  1. Accidents – Occurring more frequently with more resultant bumps and bruises.

If you are caring for a loved one, helping as and when you can, it’s so important to ask for help. You may feel overwhelmed, and emotional trying to cope with the growing situation.  We offer a range of options with tailored home care and are here to help.

We work closely with family and health professionals and provide respite care, hospital to home care and palliative care. We take pride in delivering person centred care. Our step-by-step tailored service allows you to opt for a small amount of support to begin with and build to regular personal care at home as and when needed.

Accredited and by The Care Quality Commission we offer compassionate and professional home care with dignity and respect. Whatever type of care you choose for your loved one, we are on-hand to answer any questions you have. We take pride in delivering dedicated expert care and support across Norfolk and Suffolk. If you’d like to find out more, please call any of our branches:

Call us on:

  • Harleston: 01379 640100
  • Snetterton: 01953 667950
  • Halesworth: 01986 800227

Receive regular dedicated tailored support in the comfort of your own home with First Choice Home Care.



The Importance of healthy eating

Boost your wellbeing

As we get older it can be helpful to understand how our bodies dietary needs change. We value the importance of home cooking and offer meal preparation as part of our home help service.  So many customers ask us how to get the right balance of vitamins and minerals so we thought we’d take a look at some recommendations to help you give your body what it needs.

Initially the basic principles are the same for all ages and The NHS Eatwell Guide splits what we need into four main food groups that we need to include:

  • Fruit and vegetables

These can be fresh, frozen or canned. Make sure you include plenty of dark green vegetables such as leafy greens or broccoli, and orange vegetables such as carrots and sweet potatoes as these give added vitamins and minerals.

 Potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and other starchy foods.

Try to aim to eat at least three ounces of whole-grain cereals, breads, crackers, rice or pasta every day. The reason why there is so much focus on wholegrain is because these are full of nutrients including protein, fibre, B vitamins, antioxidants, and trace minerals. These can help reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some forms of cancer.

 Dairy and alternatives

Have three servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy (milk, yogurt or cheese) that are fortified with vitamin D to help keep your bones healthy.


Try to vary these by choosing more beans, pulses, fish and eggs.


Whilst these are good principles, we also have specific dietary needs as we get older.

Our energy requirement reduces with advancing age due to a decrease in basal metabolic rate and often decreased levels of physical activity.

Try to make the fats you eat healthy ones (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats) and switch from solid fats to oils when preparing food.

It is important to reduce portion sizes if your activity levels are low and cut down on sugary snacks such as cakes and buns if you are carrying a few more pounds that you should be.

 Your skins ability to synthesise Vitamin D decreases with age. Older people are therefore recommended to take a supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D daily as well as regularly eating foods such as fish, of which at least one portion a week should be oily. This can help protect against heart disease and can be beneficial if you’ve already suffered a heart attack. Fortified breakfast cereals can also help.

 Gut health can be boosted by including pro-biotic supplements, live yoghurt and of course fibre – this is where the wholegrain comes in again!

 Finally, for heart health try using cholesterol lowering spreads and soya may also help to rid your body of the ‘bad’ types of cholesterol.

Just follow these simple tips and you can be sure that you are giving your body the best. That has to sensible as after all - we are what we eat! 

 (Although these are general principles, we advise that you check with your GP for specific information appropriate to you before making changes to your diet.)

Accredited by the Suffolk and Norfolk councils and The Care Quality Commission registered, we offer compassionate and professional home care with dignity and respect. Whatever type of care you choose for your loved one, we are on-hand to answer any questions you have.

If you’d like to find out more, please call any of our branches:  


  • Harleston: 01379 640100
  • Snetterton: 01953 667950
  • Halesworth: 01986 800227

First Choice Home Care - dedicated to the provision of quality care and support






100 year celebration

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.

“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”.

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.

“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!


The Graduate - Hannah's Top Notch!

First Choice Home Care - Harleston 

It's been a year of success stories for our Harleston branch with the most recent news a real celebration for all the team. 

Harleston's Registered Manager, Hannah Brock has successfully graduated Level 5 Leadership for Health and Social Care. Receiving her colours at a Graduation Ceremony last week; she was joined by her family and said:

"I am thrilled and very proud. It's been a great day and so nice to have so many friends and family supporting me along the way" 

she continued:

"First Choice Home Care offer full training and support to all our team and I would encourage everyone to extend their skills and knowledge. The training facilities at our Snetterton Branch offer professional support" 

Hannah started her Level 5 at her previous employment; however, she was unable to complete a lot of the tasks required to achieve her qualification. Joining First Choice Home Care as a Deputy Manager she bloomed and was soon promoted to Registered Manager. Her experience enabled her to complete her course successfully.

She Graduated at East Suffolk College which is part of the University of Suffolk on the 4th October 2019. It took her two years to complete her Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care Adults Management.

The First Choice Home Care Harleston branch, based at 2 Church Street, takes an active part in the local community supporting local and national charities. They offer a range of domiciliary services supporting older people including home help as well as specialist professional home care for customers suffering from Parkinson's and Dementia. 

" Hannah has really done us proud; she is a highly regarded and valued Registered Manager and we are delighted she has passed level 5 with flying colours. Our congratulations from us all at First Choice Home Care" 

Recently rated GOOD by the Care Quality Commission, the First Choice Home Care Harleston Branch are consistently achieving top recommendations and remain a key home care service agency within East Anglia supporting Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils. 

"We are a close team, and all take pride in delivering professional and friendly home care services.