These days, the care home industry looks a little different than it used to. With well-designed buildings, comfortable bedrooms, sociable communal areas, and a wide range of fun activities to enjoy, all at affordable prices, elderly care consumers throughout the UK now have such a range of modern care homes to choose from, that choosing a care home can be a really tricky decision!
In this article, we pay a visit to beautiful Berkshire, a haven for historic landmarks in the south of England and just west of London.
Well-known towns like Reading, Newbury and Slough have put Berkshire on the map for their excellent shopping and entertainment, and smaller villages like the picturesque Littlewick Green wow visitors with their rural charm. Nearby landmarks like the impressive Windsor Castle give Berkshire its title of ‘the Royal County of Berkshire’, while the surrounding rolling countryside and the North Wessex Downs made Berkshire a certified Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
With average care fees of more than £1,200, Berkshire is one of the more expensive counties for care homes. However, its proximity to London and wealth of bustling towns and cities make it the perfect destination for weekend trips, countryside walks and city shops and entertainment.
So, if you’re planning to look for a care home in the south, check out our useful list below of the UK’s best care homes in Berkshire. For more options, check out our full list of Berkshire Care Homes here.
Lottie’s Verdict: Best for luxury facilities and activities
Operating under the Berkely Care group, first up is the multi-award winning Shinfield View, located just outside Wokingham near the city of Reading. With an impressive team led by manager Amanda Tanner, Shinfield are dedicated to looking after each individual’s needs and providing the highest quality care possible and offer residential care, dementia care, respite care and day care.
Shinfield View is perfectly situated by the village green, so residents can take part in events with family and friends all-year-long. With facilities at the home including a private cinema room, bar, bistro area and private dining room, library, hair salon, spa and beautiful landscaped gardens, it’s perhaps no surprise that Shinfield View managed to snag a rare ‘outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission for all five individual scorings, as well as a much-coveted rating of 9.9 from carehome.co.uk. The home even has its own full-time events manager to plan fun activities and events, as well as a limousine and private chauffeur for days out and special occasions.
Residencies From: £1,400 per week
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Lottie’s Verdict: Best for local community
Next up is relatively new care home Bickerton House, situated in family-friendly Bracknell. Part of the Care UK group, Bickerton offers a range of different care services, including residential care, nursing care and specialist dementia care, both on a short stay and long-term basis. The care home team, headed up by manager Erika Smith, pride themselves on having built strong ties with the local community, meaning that residents have the opportunity to enjoy events with local churches, charities and schools.
Bickerton House’s unique lifestyle team are in charge of organising fun group activities and outings, as well as regular entertainment at the home. At the home itself, as well as a hair salon, café and cinema, the home also offers residents relaxing lounges, luxury bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and peaceful landscaped gardens, giving them total freedom to spend their time as they please. Rated Good by CQC, Bickerton House is truly an exceptional place to live.
Residencies From: £1,210 per week
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Lottie’s Verdict: Best for luxury surroundings
If you’re looking into the care homes Ascot has to offer, Ascot Grange from the Signature Care Homes group is a wonderful choice. Located in leafy Ascot, near local areas Sunninghill, Sunningdale and Windlesham, Ascot Grange provides several different types of private accommodation for assisted living, residential care and nursing care packages, as well as an industry-leading dementia suite for specialist dementia care. With Marian Alexandru at the helm as manager, the Ascot Grange team are always on-hand to ensure residents are happy and comfortable, whether that’s playing games in the activity and entertainment lounge, or relaxing in the dreamy landscaped gardens.
This beautiful building offers residents total comfort in relaxing surroundings, with a grand total of three dining rooms and delicious meals. It’s obvious that care home seekers won’t want for anything, as life at Ascot Grange comes complete with a cinema, beauty salon and even a spa and treatment room.
Residencies From: £1,300 per week
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Lottie’s Verdict: Best for residents’ independence
Another top care home from well-located market town Wokingham is Alexandra Grange, part of the Hallmark Care Homes group. Rated Good by CQC, Alexandra Grange offers an extremely high level of care, both residential care and dementia care.
Alexandra Grange is a relationship-centred care home, meaning residents are actively encouraged to keep up the hobbies and daily routines they loved before starting their care journey. The friendly and caring staff, led by manager Magda Anca, support residents to try activities they thought they may no longer be able to do, such as cooking, gardening and enjoying lunch with family and friends in the home’s café.As well as landscaped gardens and café, residents also have access to a dedicated cinema room and hair salon for when they feel like a bit of pampering.
Residencies From: £1,489 per week
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Lottie’s Verdict: Best for hobbies and interests
A modern, purpose-built care home, Mountbatten Grange in Windsor is next on our list of the best care homes in Berkshire, providing an impressive range of care services that include nursing care, residential care, short term respite care and specialist dementia care.
The dedicated team at Mountbatten Grange, under manager Debbie Winwood, create unique care packages that have been specially tailored to each resident’s unique needs, encouraging them to pursue favourite hobbies and interests. Mountbatten Grange offers varied group or solo activities, helping residents to feel independent and active. Featuring a beautiful garden with terraces, residents can enjoy a spot of gardening or some gentle exercise, as well as sipping a cup of tea and having a chat in sunny weather. As well as an on-site café, hair and beauty salon and cinema, residents also enjoy days to visit nearby landmarks such as Windsor Castle in the home’s minibus.
Residencies From: £1,389 per week
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Lottie’s Verdict: Best for countryside and nature
Our final stop on the tour of Berkshire’s best care homes is at Glebelands House, the third Wokingham care home on our list. One of the most impressive on this list, Glebelands House offers the highest quality residential care and nursing care in a stunning setting. Idyllic meadows surround the building, along with wildlife-filled woodlands complete with views of foraging deer, making Glebelands House the perfect rural getaway for those that love the countryside.
With a coveted ‘Good’ rating from the Care Quality Commission, residents’ quality of life and sense of wellbeing is at the core of the Glebelands House philosophy, demonstrated by a packed activity programme that includes luxurious hand and foot massages and aromatherapy experiences, as well as day trips out to tea shops and cafés in nearby Wokingham, quizzes and movie nights. Thanks to the caring and supportive care team, led by manager Sue Bickerstaffe, life at Glebelands is tranquil and relaxing, where residents’ lifestyle is the key focus.
Residencies From: £1,504 per week
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