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Care home life

Care home life

Life in our care homes is all about helping people to enjoy more independent and fulfilling lives.

We want residents and their families to look upon our care homes as their own. We set high standards, clearly evident in the care we provide, making sure all residents get the most out of every day by having fun, staying safe, and keeping as healthy and active as possible. Life has certainly been different in 2020 but it’s been full of meaningful and memorable experiences and plenty of laughter.  Find out more about our promise to you.

Home comforts

In a Care UK care home be prepared to leave the typical view of care homes behind. Our homes are modern, spacious and provide a comfortable, safe and clean environment for our residents to live in. All our homes offer a warm and friendly welcome, with cosy and inviting lounges and communal spaces where we encourage residents to socialise in small, socially distant groups. Residents are welcome to personalise their rooms to make them feel more like home, and many of our homes even have their own pets, from cats to budgies, to create that homely feel.

Enjoying good food

Just as in many family homes, meal times are a special part of the day in our care homes. Meals provide a chance for residents to come together, enjoy good food and socialise, from a safe distance, with friends. We also offer an enhanced in-room dining service with a wide range of tasty and nutritious meals and snacks for those who prefer, or need, additional distancing.

We understand the importance of good nutrition and provide fresh, seasonal healthy meals which cater for individual tastes, dietary needs (both medical and allergies) and cultural preferences. Many homes use fresh local produce and some grow their own food in their gardens.

Residents are encouraged to contribute to menu plans to ensure everyone gets to eat the food they enjoy. Our chefs chat to residents about what they’re enjoying and not enjoying. Morning and afternoon teas, complete with tasty sweet treats (often baked by residents) are common in our homes. We change our menus regularly to keep things interesting, and there are drinks and snacks available at all times.

Staying active

We support residents to follow their hobbies and interests and will do everything we can to ensure residents’ lives remain as normal as possible. Our regular activities range from socially distanced flower arranging and gentle exercise classes to quizzes, bingo and art classes. Most of our homes have landscaped gardens which are perfect to relax in or stroll around when the weather is warmer. Residents with green fingers - or those who have never lifted a trowel in their life - are welcome to help out with weeding, sowing and general upkeep. 

Care UK care homes have strong links with their local communities, if a resident wants to go to a nearby club or society, we'll support them to do so if it is safe, although at present such visits are not possible.

We are entirely driven by the needs and interests of our residents and we base everything we do around our activity based care ethos. Read our As Easy as ABC Guide to find out more.

Keeping connected

Keeping connected with video calls helps maintain strong relationships and you’ll find new ways of relating to each other. This is particularly beneficial if your loved one is living with dementia.

Our ‘Listen, talk, connect’ booklet is a guide full of practical hints and tips to support friends, relatives and carers to communicate with people living with dementia.

Our homes have active relative and resident committees to encourage feedback, to make plans and to share information. We'd love you to get as involved as you can.

Our new purpose-built care homes

We are currently undertaking a large programme of new build care homes, each providing a wide range of care services, including nursing, residential, dementia and respite care.

Our newest homes have their own cinema, coffee shop and hair salon, creating a lively community atmosphere where residents can enjoy the best possible quality of life. With social distancing, they can catch their favourite movie (complete with popcorn), enjoy a cappuccino and a slice of cake, or a quick pamper and a chat with the PPE’d hairdresser. The homes also have beautifully furnished en-suite bedrooms, bistro-style dining areas, activity rooms, comfortable sitting areas and lovely landscaped gardens.

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