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The Best Rated Care Homes in the UK

Care homes in the UK have undergone a makeover in recent years and are almost unrecognisable compared to the drab, dingy institutions of yore. Bursting with vibrant colours and modern furniture and bustling with activities, events and entertainment, the UK’s care homes take pride in the high level of quality care they offer, as well as the luxurious facilities and stunning grounds. In this article, Lottie takes a look at some truly spectacular care homes in the UK that received a much sought-after Outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission.

What is the CQC?

First things first – what is the CQC? On your search for the perfect care home, you’ll likely come across the CQC a lot. CQC stands for the Care Quality Commission, an independent regulator of health and social care in England. Scotland, Wales and Ireland have different Care Quality Regulators, so be aware of this if you’re looking outside England.

The CQC registers, monitors and inspects care homes and gives them one of four ratings; Outstanding (for exceptional service), Good (for service that meets expectations), Requires Improvement (for service that is not performing as expected) and Inadequate (poor performance). The CQC will always take action against underperforming care homes to find ways to improve them.

Less than 4% of England’s care homes are rated Outstanding by CQC

CQC ratings are important because they give a trustworthy indication of a care home’s quality, including the staff’s expertise and their treatment of residents, the cleanliness of the premises and its equipment, the food, safety measures and much more. Any care home worth its salt should display a CQC rating, but it’s always good to check. A Google of ‘CQC outstanding care homes near me’ will bring up some quick results, but for a really detailed list, you can use Lottie to search for CQC outstanding care homes in your area

The CQC has remained dedicated to inspections even during the COVID-19 pandemic, introducing all-new Infection Prevention and Control inspections in order to keep vulnerable elderly people in care safe while still being able to share good practices and uphold high-quality care.

Now, let’s dive into some of CQC’s outstanding rated care homes.

  1. Admiral Court
  2. Anisha Grange
  3. Coombe Hill Manor
  4. Cumnor Hill House
  5. Groveland Park
  6. Kew House
  7. Netley Court
  8. Sherwood Grange

Admiral Court (Hallmark Care)

Cinema in Admiral Court

Lottie’s Verdict: Best for care quality and seaside living

The first care home on our list is Admiral Court, part of the Hallmark Care Homes group. Admiral Court provides industry-leading residential, nursing and dementia care in the quiet and peaceful town of Leigh-on-Sea, nearby neighbouring towns Westcliff-on-Sea and Southend-on-Sea. A modern, purpose-built building with 60 spacious bedrooms, Admiral Court also has a vibrant café, cosy hair salon, cinema, dedicated therapy room and beautifully landscaped gardens with potting shed. The care team at Admiral Court, headed up by manager Sue, pride themselves on their relationship-centred approach to care, working with residents to help them feel more independent and keep up old hobbies and interests.

Residencies From: £1,495 per week

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Anisha Grange (Hallmark Care)

Entrance at Anisha Grange

Lottie’s Verdict: Best for facilities and home experiences

An absolutely stunning 72-bedroom care home, Anisha Grange in Essex provides residential, nursing and dementia care of a standard to be expected from a CQC Outstanding care home.  Part of the Hallmark Care Homes group and with a rating of 9.8 from carehome.co.uk, Anisha Grange takes a relationship-centred approach to care, encouraging residents to live life to the full, take up new hobbies and discover new passions.

Residencies From: £1,495 per week

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Coombe Hill Manor (Signature Care Homes)

Private Dining in Coombe Hill Manor

Lottie’s Verdict: Best for activities and home experiences

Next on our list of outstanding rated care homes is Coombe Hill Manor, a purpose-built care home in Kingston, providing exceptional residential, nursing care and specialist dementia care. The home benefits from 94 private studios, one and two-bed deluxes suites, some of which come complete with en suite wetrooms, kitchenettes and private balconies. With outstanding facilities that include a cinema, two outstanding restaurants, spa and therapy suite, a hair salon and a fully equipped library, Coombe Hill Manor are truly passionate about providing expert care in a comfortable, friendly and luxurious environment. The home also has an activity team to take residents for daily events and trips out and organise visiting speakers.

Residencies From: £1,300 per week

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Cumnor Hill House (Berkley Care)

Garden Area at Cumnor Hill House

Lottie’s Verdict: Best for luxury living

Berkley Care’s Cumnor Hill House offers an all-inclusive weekly fee for an incredibly high standard of care – and there are even on-site physiotherapy, personal trainer, and holistic and wellness specialists to cover all care bases. With luxury facilities that include a private cinema room, spa and hair salon, specialist gym, and private dining room, it’s no surprise that Cumnor Hill House was awarded its Outstanding rating by the CQC.

Residencies From: £1,400 per week

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Groveland Park (Berkley Care)

Bedroom in Groveland Park

Lottie’s Verdict: Best for care quality and home experiences

Groveland Park can be found in Bexleyheath, providing the highest quality of residential, dementia, day and respite care. Part of the esteemed Berkley Care group, the team at Groveland pride themselves on the exceptional standards of care, which have earned them exceptional customer reviews, as well as entertaining social activities organised by the home’s resident events coordinator. Residents’ needs and preferences are always put first; whether they enjoy a spot of wine tasting, boogying the night away at one of the home’s jazz nights, or are happiest relaxing with a good film.

Residencies From: £1,400 per week

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Kew House (Hallmark Care)

Entrance at Kew House

Lottie’s Verdict: Best for London living

Next on our list of the UK’s top-rated care homes, Kew House really sets the standard when it comes to residential, nursing and dementia care. Located in Wimbledon, the home is part of the Hallmark Care Group and has a wide range of luxurious facilities available for care seekers. Residents are encouraged to join in with the activities programme, spend quality time with loved ones, or take small trips to nearby shops and amenities to maintain their independence.

Residencies From: £1,630 per week

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Netley Court (Cinnamon Care)

Lounge Area in Netley Court

Lottie’s Verdict: Best for home character and traditional living

Part of the Cinnamon Care group, Netley Court in Netley Abbey, Southampton is first on our list. Providing specialist residential and dementia care, Netley Court well and truly puts UK care homes on the map when it comes to outstanding quality services. The expert care team focus on dignity, personal choice and independence, ensuring that residents live happy and fulfilled lives at Netley Court; from pampering in the hair salon, to quiet reading and reflection in the library and soaking up the stunning waterfront views from the landscaped gardens. As well as an Outstanding from the CQC, Netley Court also has exceptional customer reviews.

Residencies From: £1,400 per week

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Sherwood Grange (Care UK)

Salon in Sherwood Grange

Lottie’s Verdict: Best for local amenities

Set against the gorgeous backdrop of leafy Richmond Park, Sherwood Grange is located in Kingston Vale in London and provides an exceptional level of care; from residential care and dementia care, to sensitive end of life care. Part of the Care UK group, the home was awarded an Outstanding rating from CQC and has achieved top reviews from customers. The team at Sherwood Grange strive to make sure residents are happy and cared for round-the-clock, with a varied activities programme to help each and every person find something they enjoy. 

Residencies From: £1,495 per week

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