Harrogate Home Care Company Rated Top 1% in the UK

Thursday, 10th September 2015

Published: 08 September 2015

A specialist home care provider based in Harrogate is one of the first to be awarded an outstanding rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), putting it in the top 1% in the UK.

Outstanding Harrogate Home Care Company

Lorna Dawber (Home Care Manager, Carefound Home Care) celebrates
findings of the CQC Report with clients, Mr and Mrs Philipson

The Care Quality Commission has found the quality of care provided by Carefound Home Care to be Outstanding following an inspection carried out in June 2015.

The home care service provides support to people in their own homes in the Harrogate, Ripon, Wetherby and North Leeds areas. Inspectors found staff were providing care which was safe, effective, caring, responsible to people’s needs and well led.

Staff were said to share the vision and ethos for providing high quality care and consistently improving the service through learning from feedback and that management of the service sought knowledge and best practice from other healthcare professionals to supplement their own, showing a commitment to ensure that the people they provided support to receive the best care possible.

A full copy of the inspection has been published today at http://www.cqc.org.uk/location/1-275350154.

Carefound Home Care was established in 2012 by Oliver Stirk who wanted to offer elderly people a higher quality, more personalised care option in their own homes.

It has since grown to help over 50 families through its hourly home care and live-in care services in Harrogate, Ripon, Wetherby and North Leeds and has plans to expand its reach further in 2016.

Whether families require low level assistance or a more involved service requiring the team to work closely with GPs and nurses to support specialist conditions such as dementia, the team designs one-to-one support packages around each client.

The Company was inspected under the CQC´s new, more rigorous inspection regime which it began to roll out in the UK last October with care providers being given either an Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement or Inadequate rating. To date, over 1,000 home care services have been inspected and less than 1% of these have been judged to be Outstanding.

Debbie Westhead, Deputy Chief Inspector for Adult Social Care in the North, said:

“We found that Carefound Home Care was providing an outstanding service to the people it supported and to their families, and the team there should be extremely proud of the work they do.”

“It is particularly pleasing to note the many positive comments from people using the service and that they help people form a connection with their carers by matching them up based on shared life experience.”

“It is very clear that Carefound Home Care has adopted a person centered approach to care and support. Staff act with utmost professionalism and management are dedicated to providing a safe, compassionate and high quality service that they continually seek to improve. It is for this and many other reasons why the service has received the highest rating we can give.”

Oliver Stirk, Director at Carefound Home Care, said:

“We set up Carefound Home Care because we believed families wanted a realistic alternative to residential care where they could continue to live in their own home surrounded by the people and things they love.”

“This not only helps prevent hospital and residential care admissions, but can also bring significant health benefits through empowering elderly people to retain independence and control in their lives.”

“The passion and commitment our team have for improving the lives of their clients is amazing. We are very proud of the work they do and this CQC report is the ultimate endorsement of their efforts.”

Carefound Home Care places great emphasis on the recruitment, training and support of its staff to ensure that its clients are cared for by professional people with the time and resources to develop genuine relationships and deliver a truly personalised service.

Less than 5% of job applicants are successful and all staff receive specialist training from the outset including how to support more complex health conditions. The team works closely with dementia charity, the Contented Dementia Trust, to deliver training in its unique dementia care technique – the SPECAL method – which is used to care for clients living with dementia. They also operate close working relationships with other specialist teams such as Parkinson’s UK.

All staff and families receive constant, 24-hour support from an expert care management team in Harrogate which manages quality assurance systems, provides advice and works closely with relatives and other health professionals involved in a client’s care.

Lorna Dawber, Home Care Manager at Carefound Home Care, said:

“This CQC report is a clear demonstration of how we strive to deliver a unique home care service which not only offers the peace of mind of day-to-day support but also focuses on improving the health outcomes of our clients.”

“We are regularly complimented for the quality of care and support we provide and it is lovely to see such excellent feedback in the report.”

“As an employer, it is also fantastic to see how our staff are equally positive about working and developing a career with us and their passion and dedication shines through.”


For further press information please contact:

Jayne Hopton at Jayne@jaynehoptonpr.co.uk or Tel: 07801 923881

Or Carefound Home Care on 01423 774070.

Notes to Editors

Carefound Home Care (www.carefound.co.uk):

  • Is Yorkshire’s local, award-winning provider of home care services that enable elderly people to live happily at home whilst maintaining the highest quality of life achievable
  • Provides a range of highly personalised home care services including hourly care, 24-hour live-in care and respite care. This can encompass anything from basic domestic support, companionship, personal care, medication help through to the management and support of more complex conditions such as dementia
  • Works with the Contented Dementia Trust (www.contenteddementiatrust.org) to implement its unique dementia care technique – the SPECAL method
  • Is a member of the Yorkshire Dementia Action Alliance – part of the Government´s declaration to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers in the UK
  • Supports the Alzheimer´s Society Dementia Friends Campaign and has a trained Dementia Friends Champion
  • Won the Care Newcomer Award at the Great British Care Awards 2014 in association with the Department of Health
  • Was a finalist in the UK Domiciliary Care Provider of the Year Award at the National Health Investor Awards 2014
  • Won the Care Newcomer Award at the Yorkshire and Humberside Care Awards 2013
  • Was a finalist in the Dementia Carer Award at the Yorkshire and Humberside Care Awards 2013