Falkirk firm 1st Homecare is celebrating a decade of helping others across the district.
It was set up in the spare room of Lesley Henderson’s New Carron home in September 2004. She already ran a cleaning company and it was after noticing a need for carers that the new firm was launched.
She said: “I had The Home Cleaning Company for 10 years and employed over 40 staff. I found more and more often the cleaners were taking on some roles of carer as they cleaned elderly and disabled clients’ houses.
“That was when I decided to set up 1st Homecare to offer the services of carers for care at home.”
After getting the required Care Inspectorate registration and being placed on the approved providers list for Falkirk Council, 1st Homecare quickly established itself as one of the largest suppliers of this kind of service, now employing over 250 staff.
It has over 600 clients, all with varying needs, including elderly, disabled as well those in need of palliative care, with Multiple Sclerosis, Parinksons disease, mental health problems or learning disabilities.
Now based in Burnbank Road, Falkirk, it provides inhouse and external training.
In April, it was bought over by Real Life Options (RLO), a learning disability charity based in Yorkshire which already has a turnover in excess of £50 million.
Lesley, who remains with the company in a business development role, added: “RLO is looking to further expand its learning disability expertise in the Falkirk area through 1st Homecare.”
To mark the 10th anniversary, an open day was held for carers and clients which included a raffle with prizes including paid Saturdays off, which Lesley said was every carer’s dream.
She added: “We hope this celebration showed our commitment to the local community and opportunities being offered by RLO.”