Choosing a care home can be a tough decision to make. The care homes of today have so much to offer care seekers in the way of warm, comfortable facilities, modern amenities, fun-packed activity schedules and personalised care packages.
In this article, we take a look at the top care homes Buckinghamshire has to offer. Buckinghamshire, or ‘Bucks’ as it is affectionately known, is a county located in the South East of England. Nestled in ancient woodland and surrounded by the majestic Chiltern Hills, it’s no wonder that Buckingham earned itself its title of Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. However, it’s not just the beautiful wildlife that make Buckinghamshire a desirable place to live; nearby towns like High Wycombe and Amersham have such good travel connections to London that the county has become a haven for commuters wanting a quick journey into the city while still being able to enjoy the countryside.
These attractive qualities all serve to make Buckinghamshire a fantastic spot for care homes – and you’ll find some of the best in the country located here. With average care home fees of around £1,200, Buckinghamshire is one of the more luxury counties for care homes. However, its proximity to the city, surrounding countryside, and nearby historic towns make it a wonderful location for care home seekers.
So, if you’re after a care home in the South East, we’ve compiled a list of the UK’s best care homes in Buckinghamshire. For more options, check out our full list of Buckinghamshire care homes here.
Bletchley House (Gold Care Homes)
Lottie’s Verdict: Best for versatility of care
The first care home Buckingham has for us is located in Milton Keynes and boasts a top rating of 10 from carehome.co.uk. Bletchley House, which can be found in a quiet, residential area of the town, is ideal for care seekers who might want a more relaxing experience from their retirement. Alongside residential care, respite and convalescent care, Bletchley House specialises in speech and hearing impairment and is suitable for wheelchair users. The home offers a range of single and double sized rooms with en suite facilities, TV and telephone points.
Martin Dawes is in charge of the Bletchley House team, who are all care experts, devoted to caring for their residents and providing them with a friendly and home-like atmosphere, as well as lots of fun activities to enjoy. Staff can also speak a range of different languages.
Among the facilities available are hairdressing, chiropody and dental and eye care, demonstrating how Bletchley House are dedicated to looking after all residents’ needs; from the physical to the mental and emotional. There is parking available at the bottom of the road opposite the church and the home has good transport links for getting around. .
Residencies From: £1,000 per week
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Portobello Place (Berkley Care)
Lottie’s Verdict: Best for range of activities
Portobello Place care home is located in Chartridge, just outside Chesham, right in the heart of the Chilterns. Offering gold standard residential care, this purpose-built care home provides all-inclusive luxury care for its 61 residents and is one of the best-rated care homes in Chesham, with a top score of 10 from carehome.co.uk.
The building is tastefully decorated with luxurious furnishings, with a large bar and bistro area where residents can dine on top-quality, freshly cooked meals from a variety of cuisines. Activities available include art classes with the artist-in-residence, pampering at the on-site salon and nail bar, exercising at the gym or catching a film at the in-house cinema, as well as fun excursions in the area and trips to the pub.
With manager Alina Verescu in charge, Portobello Place has a slightly higher number of staff members than your average care home, meaning all residents receive individual attention and care and can chat to staff whenever they need. Staff are constantly thinking of new ways to entertain residents so they can enjoy each and every day at Portobello Place.
Residencies From: £1,300 per week
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Lakeview Lodge (Country Court)
Lottie’s Verdict: Best for personalised care
Located just on the edge of Newton Leys, our next care home provides person-centred care, including luxury residential care and dementia care and support. Lakeview Lodge care home is well-situated for nature lovers, overlooking the picturesque Little Willow Lake. The care home is also close to nearby towns Bletchley and Milton Keynes, perfect for day trips and outings.
The team of experienced staff, led by manager Claire Hedge, pride themselves on their personalised and family-led care and are devoted to looking after each individual resident, caring for their every whim. Staff also aim to keep residents connected with the local community through the list of activities available at the home.
With 66 en-suite bedrooms available spread over three floors, Lakeview Lodge offers care seekers an on-site café-bistro, a cinema room, a hair salon and shop, as well as luxury lounges and communal areas. Food at the home is of restaurant-quality standard and fine dining is the norm here, with a dedicated front-of-house hospitality team ready to serve residents meals, drinks and snacks whenever the mood takes them. There is a large on-site car park for visitors and the home is well-located to local shops and amenities by main road.
Residencies From: £1,200 per week
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Cliveden Manor (Signature Care Homes)
Lottie’s Verdict: Best for a homely environment
As far as towns in Buckinghamshire go, Marlow is one of the most beautiful, perfectly positioned by the River Thames, with pubs, shops and small boutiques lining the high street and good public transport connections. On the list of care homes Marlow is home to, we find Cliveden Manor, a stunning care home operated by Signature Care Group.
With a ‘Good’ rating from the Care Quality Commission, purpose-built Cliveden Manor demonstrate a shining example of high quality care and provide care to all; from those who are more independent but may require discreet support, all the way through to nursing care, dementia care or end-of-life care. The team’s aim is to make care seekers feel as though they are at home, which is why the apartments and suites are unfurnished, allowing residents to bring sentimental pieces of furniture and special personal items with them.
Rooms come in a variety of sizes, too – perfect for residents who want more space, or couples who want to stay together. In terms of facilities and entertainment, Cliveden Manor has a restaurant, bistro and café for both residents and visitors to enjoy, and the activities team are always on-hand to organise trips, visiting speakers and visits.
Residencies From: £1,310 per week
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Woodland Manor (Porthaven Care Homes)
Lottie’s Verdict: Best for communal areas
Situated in the village of Chalfont St Peter, the next care home Buckingham has to offer is Woodland Manor, set in charming landscaped gardens and outdoor space. With 24-hour personal care, the home supports a range of different needs, including nursing care, residential care and dementia care, with respite care available upon request.
The Woodland Manor team is headed up by manager Colleen Joubert and strives to achieve an exceptional environment for residents where relatives and loved ones receive only the highest standard of care, proven by its well-deserved ‘Good’ rating from the Care Quality Commission and a 9.8 from carehome.co.uk.
This care home is renowned for its varying choice of activities, thanks to the dedicated Leisure and Wellness team. A number of different en suite private bedrooms, lounge and dining rooms offer care seekers opportunity to rest, relax and eat a delicious meal, while to keep the mind and soul happy there is also a hair salon, nail bar and cinema. The home is well-located to nearby villages and shops, has excellent transport links and for days out, residents can simply hop in the minibus for an exciting outing or two.
Residencies From: £1,400 per week
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Burnham Lodge (Hartford Care)
Lottie’s Verdict: Best for countryside and nature
The final stop on our tour of the best Buckinghamshire care homes is Burnham, a large village and civil parish that lies north of the River Thames in Buckinghamshire, between the towns of Maidenhead and Slough.
Located between Burnham, Maidenhead and Beaconsfield, Burnham Lodge care home is a beautiful historic building, offering nursing, residential and day care. There are 39 spacious single rooms and ten double rooms, most of which have en suite facilities. Although the building dates from around 1900, the interior is modern, fully carpeted and centrally heated, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. At Burnham Lodge, residents can enjoy their own way of life; whether that’s relaxing in the lounge with wonderful views of the gardens or joining in the varied activities programme, which includes arts and crafts, musical activities, cooking, visits from animals and days out.
Residencies From: £1,200 per week
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