The UK care home sector is ever-changing, paving the way for modern care homes with all-new facilities to provide the best possible level of care for our elderly people, as well as activities and events to keep care home residents entertained in their later life. In this guide, we take a tour around Wiltshire to discover some of the area’s best care homes.
With its idyllic countryside, picturesque towns and villages and no fewer than three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - The Cotswolds, Cranborne Chase & West Wiltshire Downs and the North Wessex Downs - it’s no surprise that Wiltshire is a popular place to live.
Offering a rich history with attractions like Stonehenge and Avebury Stone Circle, the impressive Salisbury Cathedral and many stately homes, there’s certainly plenty to explore, while bustling market towns like Chippenham, Corsham and Marlborough offer shopping, independent shops and cafés and eateries.
So, it’s time to discover the best care homes in Wiltshire! To see a complete list of your options, take a look at our roster of Wiltshire care homes here.
The first stop on our tour of Wiltshire care homes is Ridgeway Rise, a purpose-built care home in Swindon offering residential, nursing, dementia and respite care in a luxury setting. With 73 en-suite bedrooms, cinema room, hair and beauty salon, community café bistro and lounge and landscaped gardens, life at Ridgeway Rise is everything you’d want out of a care home experience.
Ridgeway Rise understands that there is no place like home, which is why the skilled team work so hard to ensure that every day is enjoyable for residents, whether that’s joining in with gardening and baking activities, having afternoon tea with family and friends, or getting a blow-dry at the hair salon. The home also celebrates national events and holidays, such as Burns Night, Valentine’s Day, St George’s Day and Bonfire Night, as well as hosting themed events and special meals.
The home is close to the shops and amenities of Swindon and has good transport links, making it easy for residents to get out and about.
Our next stop is at Westbury Court, a Brighterkind care home located in Westbury. The home provides residential, nursing, dementia, respite and palliative care services and houses up to 60 residents at any time. In addition to spacious, en-suite bedrooms, the home also offers cosy lounge and dining areas on each floor, an on-site hair salon and landscaped gardens.
Staff at Westbury Court place a real focus on quality of life, working tirelessly to make sure that each and every resident feels valued and cared for. The skilled chefs at the home prepare tasty nutritious meals on-site every day, made using the freshest ingredients and catering to specific dietary requirements. As well as the fine dining, residents can enjoy a range of daily activities, including day trips and excursions.
Westbury Court enjoys easy access to local shops and amenities, as well as the green spaces of the surrounding Wiltshire countryside - and it’s a short drive from towns like Trowbridge, Warminster and Frome.
Our next care home is Gracewell of Salisbury, a luxury care home located in Salisbury providing residential, nursing and dementia care for 63 residents. Designed around a beautiful Georgian house and grounds, the home has well-furnished lounges, a café, a hair and beauty salon, an activities room and a garden.
The friendly care team do their utmost to ensure that the home has a friendly, happy atmosphere for residents and their loved ones and that residents are supported 24/7 to live the fullest possible life they can, by taking part in daily activities at the home, socialising with peers and relaxing. With all this in mind, it’s perhaps no wonder that the home scooped a ‘Good’ rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and a strong 9.8 from carehome.co.uk.
Gracewell of Salisbury is close to local shops, has excellent road and rail connections and there is a minibus at the home to take residents for fun day trips and outings. Nearby attractions such as the famous Salisbury Cathedral and the city centre are within easy walking distance too.
Next up is Barchester Healthcare’s White Lodge Care Home, a converted hunting property in Swindon that was renovated as a care home. The home, which is set in the heart of Wiltshire, with stunning views across the landscaped grounds and private fishing lake, provides person-centred residential, nursing and specialist dementia care for 80 residents.
As well as en-suite bedrooms, you’ll find an activity room, conservatory, private dining rooms, hair salon, quiet lounge and sensory gardens complete with a peaceful vegetable plot to explore.
There is a varied activities programme at the home, including special events, entertainment and day trips, as well as a music therapy programme. The staff all undertake specialist dementia care training and the home’s Memory Lane Community provides a safe environment for residents living with dementia. However,, the jewel in the crown of White Lodge is undoubtedly the food - the home even achieved 5-star dining status for its diverse and delicious menu.
Another Barchester Healthcare home on this list is Cepen Lodge Care Home in Chippenham. Providing high-quality residential, dementia and respite care for up to 63 residents, Cepen Lodge is spread over three floors of impressive facilities, including communal dining rooms, lounges and quiet spaces, a hair salon and beautiful gardens featuring a seating area with a pagoda.
The caring and friendly staff are on-hand 24/7 to offer care and support, while the home’s activities coordinators encourage residents to engage in fun activities suited to their interests, such as coffee mornings, birthday celebrations, gardening and events partnerships.
The home is located just north of Chippenham town centre and is close to nearby amenities such as shops, parks, leisure centres, places of worship and a golf club. There are great public transport links via bus and train, making it easy for visitors to stop by.
We’re nearly at the end of our tour of Wiltshire, but there are still a couple more care homes to explore! Brendoncare Froxfield is a purpose-built care home located in the picturesque village of Froxfield, Marlborough, providing nursing care and dementia care for 44 residents, with a small 16-bed dementia unit.
Manager Maria heads up the highly skilled care team at Froxfield, helping residents to live as independently as possible, while still enjoying a good quality of life. All bedrooms at the home have a view of either the gardens or the gorgeous countryside with its charming 17th century almshouses and the home’s entrance hall, dining room and communal areas are all well-furnished and comfortable.
Froxfield has close links with the local community and there is an active friends network, plus frequent events and outings. Local GPs make regular visits to the home, in addition to a chiropodist, physiotherapist and hairdressing services.
Finishing off our list of Wiltshire’s best care homes is Milford House Care Home in Salisbury, providing 24-hour nursing, respite, palliative and sensitive end of life care for up to 72 residents. The home, which was originally built for the Earl of Ilchester, was extended and refurbished to retain the building’s charm while offering the modern care facilities that have made it such a success.
The passionate staff at Milford House encourage residents to live life to the full and pursue an active lifestyle and their own personal interests, an ethos of care reflected in its CQC rating of ‘Good’. The home also draws on support from a range of other care services, including chiropodists, dieticians, occupational therapists, opticians and physiotherapists to name just a few.
Milford House has plenty of local amenities in the nearby cathedral city of Salisbury but also benefits from acres of beautiful countryside for residents who enjoy spending time in nature.