Foxgrove Residential Home

01394 274037 High Road East , Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 9PU


  • Dance troop surprises Myrtle at Foxgrove
  • Give us this day, our daily bread…
  • Foxgrove resident features in new Felixstowe book


Foxgrove is situated in two acres of tree-lined grounds with beautiful gardens, and is set in the centre of Old Felixstowe. The property is an attractive Victorian mansion that has easy access to all local amenities, including a post office and general store. Walks can be taken to the town centre and nearby cliffs.

Foxgrove has a friendly warm atmosphere and the elegant lounge and dining room combine to create a charming environment for residents. The generous bedrooms are all en-suite and decorated to a high standard. All rooms have a television and telephone point. Whilst they are all fully furnished residents are encouraged to bring their own items of furniture and personal effects so that their room can become truly their own.

Care staff are trained to the highest standards and chosen not only for their skills but also for their warmth, friendliness and caring attitude. Staff are available constantly to provide professional care that respects the rights and dignity of the individual.

Residents are assessed regularly to ascertain their needs are met fully. Appointments can be made with a visiting optician, dentist, hairdresser and chiropodist. Catering staff provide snacks throughout the day and delicious meals. Special diets can of course be catered for.

The home has a dedicated Activities Co-ordinator who can arrange for residents to take part in as many, or as few, activities as they wish.

Family and friends are always welcome at Foxgrove. Professionals value their involvement in residents' care. Above all, they promote individual choice in a caring environment that is free from stress or worry.

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Tel: 01394 274037

Address: High Road East, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 9PU



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Dance troop surprises Myrtle at Foxgrove

Myrtle showing her photographs

Myrtle Prime, a resident at Felixstowe’s Foxgrove residential home has been talking a lot lately with activities co-ordinator Wendy about her love of dancing and how she very much enjoyed dancing with her husband almost every weekend when the couple were younger. This gave Wendy a perfect opportunity to give Myrtle a special moment.

She arranged for Cowlings Dance Academy to come and visit Myrtle, aged 87, and the other residents at Foxgrove this weekend, who were happy to demonstrate their beautiful dancing skills. Cowlings Dance Academy is a local dance school that specialises in Ballroom and Latin for all ages and abilities. 

Not only did Myrtle enjoy a lovely dancing display from the visitors, but she was given a gift of VIP tickets to their dance show next year, which was very much appreciated. It was also a lovely opportunity for Myrtle to show her old photographs and chat about her memories with the group.

Magda Kurdziel, manager of Foxgrove said: “I would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone involved – thanks to Wendy for contacting the troop and arranging the surprise, and of course thanks to everyone from Cowlings Dance Academy for coming in and putting on a fantastic display. The dancing was lovely, we had visitors joining in with them and the music was delightful. Myrtle was absolutely thrilled and very thankful for her gift.”

For more information regarding Foxgrove, which is part of the Healthcare Homes group, visit or call 01394 274037.


Last updated on 13 November 2017.

Give us this day, our daily bread…

Bread making

A resident at Foxgrove residential care home in Felixstowe, Suffolk enjoyed some quality one to one time this week with Activities Co-ordinator Wendy, and enjoyed a morning of bread baking.

Before becoming a resident at Foxgrove, Margaret used to bake bread twice a week every week for her husband and children. It was an activity that she enjoyed doing, and one that delighted her family as it meant they would frequently come home from school and work to the smell of freshly baked bread. 

As part of the Healthcare Homes ethos and the holistic approach that is taken at Foxgrove care home to the overall care and well-being  of their residents, quality one to one time with residents is highly valued.

It is an opportunity for staff to engage with a resident on a more personal level. It gives residents a chance to relive some happy memories or partake in a hobby or activity that they enjoy but perhaps might not do so much of anymore. It opens up the opportunity to talk in a natural setting.

Speaking of the session, Wendy explained “Margaret thoroughly enjoyed talking about the times she made bread for her family and how she was very particular about getting the sides of the bowl clean when mixing, which she did entirely by hand.

It was a very valuable exercise as I learned a lot more about Margaret, and about baking bread too! We shared some for supper and it was absolutely delicious! ”

For more information about Foxgrove & Maynell residential homes, please contact Foxgrove Retirement Home on 01394 274037 or visit the home at High Road East, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 9PU. 


Last updated on 13 November 2017.

Foxgrove resident features in new Felixstowe book

The team at Foxgrove care residence in Felixstowe were proud of Rebecca Bewley, deputy manager, and resident Chrissy Harris for their role and involvement in the launch of a new book, which launched at Felixstowe's annual book festival this weekend.

The book "Not Forgotten Lives: Felixstowe 2017" has been published by Golden Duck Ltd and funded by the Co-op. It celebrates the lives of older people living in residential accommodations in Felixstowe.  Their experience is a rich resource which must not be forgotten, and the book includes a series of interviews and write-ups of people's memories of days-gone-by.

Chrissy Harris, who is 103, lives at Foxgrove and features within the book.  Her life story is told through relatives and from notes she had written previously.  Chrissy talks about her life and times and features not only on the front cover, but also on the back cover with a photo of her younger self with a friend.

Rebecca Bewley also wrote a chapter in the book, as well as helping Chrissy to select the photos.  Confirms Rebecca: "A resident's life history is so important as it can hold the key to understanding the person behind the diagnosis. At Foxgrove we understand that everyone’s dementia journey is unique. Unique to them and their family and it is our aim to show that you can live life well with dementia. It's been such a lovely project to be involved in and I'm very proud to be representing Chrissy and Foxgrove at the book festival."

Copies of the book are available from all the homes that have participated, as well as from the Felixstowe Dementia Action Alliance or directly from the publisher: 

For more information on Foxgrove or to find out more about the project, contact the home on 01394 274037.


Last updated on 07 August 2017.

Foxgrove resident celebrates 103rd birthday


A resident at Foxgrove residential care home in Felixstowe has celebrated her 103rd birthday. Florence ‘Chrissy’ Harris lives at the home situated on High Road East in the town and marked the milestone occasion in January.

Born in 1914 in Sarratt in Hertfordshire, Chrissy was one of eleven children born to her parents Alice and Arthur.  At the age of 15 she began working in the Ovaltine Factory before getting married, then worked in retail and became a mother to her daughter, Barbara.

She has lived at Foxgrove since November 2016, after moving to the area from her home in North Wales, to be near her daughter.  She has one daughter, three grandchildren and seven great children and is regularly visited by family.

Staff and fellow residents at Foxgrove marked Chrissy’s birthday at the end of last month.

Deputy Home Manager Rebecca Bewley said: “Everyone at Foxgrove would like to wish Chrissy a very happy birthday. Chrissy joined us in November and staff at the home she left were so sad to see her go.  We can really see why as she is a delight to be around and brings a real happiness to our home.  We hope she enjoyed her very special day.”

Foxgrove residential care home is part of the Healthcare Homes Group and is based on High Road East in Felixstowe.  For more information call 01394 274037.


Last updated on 22 February 2017.

BBC Radio Suffolk talks Dignity Action Day with Foxgrove

Staff and residents at Foxgrove

Wendy Jones, activities coordinator of Foxgrove residential home in Felixstowe was today interviewed by James Hazell from BBC Radio Suffolk to discuss Dignity Action Day.   A special coffee and cake morning had been organised to mark the commemorative day, and Wendy was happy to discuss the details with the reporter.

The staff and residents of Foxgrove today invited family, friends and members of the local community to join them for a special event today in support of Dignity Action Day.

Dignity Action Day is an annual nationwide event that aims to raise awareness of the importance of delivering ‘Dignity In Care’ and to ensure people who use care services are treated as individuals and are given choices, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives.

Confirmed Wendy: "At Foxgrove, we hosted the coffee and cake morning to provide our residents with an extra special day and to demonstrate that everybody in the Felixstowe community has a role to play in upholding Dignity in Care.  Plus, it was a great excuse to hold an event that brings the Foxgrove community together with the wider Felixstowe community and everyone enjoyed taking part."

Added Natalie Jones, Foxgrove's Administrator: "Wendy did an amazing job on the radio show. Our residents, visitors & staff were all tuned-in, listening in the sitting room. She got a big round of applause from them once she had finished!" 

For more information regarding Foxgrove residential home, telephone 01394 274037.


Last updated on 08 February 2017.

Foxgrove achieves 5 Stars for Food Hygiene

Chef Marc

Foxgrove Residential Care Home in Felixstowe has today been awarded 5 Stars for its Food Hygiene following an inspection from the council.  The inspector was pleased with the efforts made by the catering team, including head chef Marc, who produces homemade soups, cakes and bakes fresh bread daily. 

Confirms Judith Morgan-Worrall, manager of Foxgrove: "Today we had a surprise Food Hygiene inspection by the council and I'm extremely proud to confirm that we received 5 stars!  The inspector was especially pleased with our Head Chef Marc, as he home bakes fresh bread daily. Well done to all of the team involved in producing the best quality meals possible for our residents."


Last updated on 12 October 2016.

Foxgrove team declared as 'Dementia Friends'

The team at Foxgrove

All the staff at Foxgrove residential home in Felixsrtowe are committed to making a difference for all those living with dementia. Deputy Manager Rebecca Bewley is a Dementia Champion, she says: 'We have residents living with dementia, but dementia affects us all in so many ways. I'm so pleased that everyone at Foxgrove has pledged to make a small change, not just at work, but to make Felixstowe a dementia-friendly community. All of us at Foxgrove have now become Dementia Friends!'.

Last updated on 10 August 2016.

Felixstowe Manager completes enhanced industry training

Two of Felixstowe’s residential care homes will be benefitting from enhanced management support following the recent success of manager, Judith Morgan-Worrall.

Judith who serves as Home Manager for Foxgrove and Maynell House, both situated on the High Road in old Felixstowe, has successfully completed the ‘My Home Life (MHL) Leadership Support Programme’.

MHL is a charitable initiative led by City University in Partnership with Age UK.  It is a UK-wide initiative that promotes quality of life and delivers positive change in care homes for older people.  Working with care homes, statutory bodies, community organisations and others, they strive to co-create new ways of working to better meet the needs of older people, relatives and staff.

Judith has been managing the Felixstowe homes for 16 months and enrolled in the Leadership Programme to further enhance her knowledge and skills and to help find ways of improving the excellent standard of care at the homes.

The course covers a range of key areas to support and empower managers to create positive cultures in the homes they manage.  Over a 12 month period, managers take part in workshops and action learning sets to help them strengthen the relationships between managers, staff, residents and relatives.

Foxgrove and Maynell house, which are part of the Healthcare Homes group, have already secured ‘good’ ratings from the Care Quality Commission and Judith hopes the course will equip her with the skills and experience to take the homes to the next level of excellence, achieving the ‘outstanding’ status.

Judith says: “The course truly was an eye opener, it was fantastic.  It gave managers time away from the home environment to reflect upon our work. This has helped me think objectively about my leadership style and the culture of care in the homes I manage, so that I can identify realistic solutions to challenges I face.

“I have learnt an incredible amount about myself through attending the programme, and it has already achieved positive results for me and for the homes.  By making small changes to the way I manage staff, my team feel valued, and are carrying out even more active roles within the homes.

“The priority in everything we do is the welfare of our residents and the level of care we provide.  I am extremely proud of the quality of care delivered in both of the homes I manage, but we will always strive to improve.  I am looking forward to implementing the skills I have learnt across the programme to work towards the highest possible standards of care.”


Last updated on 05 July 2016.

Healthcare Homes completes acquisition of The Malthouse

The Malthouse

Healthcare Homes group, the East Anglian-based residential care and homecare provider, has today announced the completion of the purchase of The Malthouse Residential Home in Gillingham, Dorset.   The purchase takes Healthcare Homes’ portfolio of high quality residential and nursing homes up to 25 and expands its reach beyond East Anglia, into the South of England.

The Malthouse is an award-winning residential service that provides long-term care, respite, as well as supported living for up to 33 older people. Following an unannounced inspection by the CQC in January, the home has been awarded an overall rating of Good, plus the home has been awarded the ‘Commend’ status for the nationally recognised Gold Standards Accreditation for End of Life Care.

The purchase of The Malthouse is the second acquisition that the Healthcare Homes Group has completed in 2016, following the completion of Park House Nursing Home in Peterborough in January.

David Bates, Chief Operating Officer of Healthcare Homes Group said: “The Malthouse has an excellent reputation in Gillingham for providing exceptional care to its residents.  The CQC’s latest report on the home is proof of this, with an extremely positive write-up on all aspects of the care and support provided to its residents. We very much look forward to working with the existing team to continue delivering the same high standards of care that residents are accustomed to.”

The purchase completed on 15 March 2016 for an undisclosed sum.   


Last updated on 17 March 2016.

Healthcare Homes announced as 'Top 20 Recommended Large Care Home Group'

Top 20 Award

Healthcare Homes Group has been awarded a ‘Top 20 Recommended Large Care Home Groups’ 2016 award by, the leading guide to all UK care homes, care home products, services, jobs and news.  The group received an overall score of 8.8 out of 10, which was based on independent reviews submitted by both the residents that live in the homes, as well as their relatives.

The Top 20 Care Home Group Awards 2016 highlight the most recommended Care Home Groups in the UK. The awards are based on The Group Review Score as of 15th February 2016. This is derived from the average of all the Review Scores of its Members’ homes.

Independent reviews are submitted by residents and their relatives to the site, where they score a home on a range of factors including the standard of facilities, care and support provided, cleanliness, food & drink, staff, activities, management, safety, rooms, value for money and whether they feel they are treated with dignity.

Mike Osborne, Managing Director of Healthcare Homes Group said: “To be recognised as one of the top care home groups by is a fantastic achievement.  The scoring is based on independent votes from the relatives and residents who have first-hand experience of our homes, the services we provide and the people who help deliver the most appropriate care to them or their loved-ones. It is testament to the dedicated care and support provided by our team; everyone across our organisation should be very proud to be awarded this national accolade.”

For more information, telephone 01206 233190.


Last updated on 11 March 2016.

Event: Easter Bonnet Contest at Felixstowe's Foxgrove

Foxgrove Residential Care Home in Felixstowe, Suffolk would like to invite local members of the community to join in and take part in an Easter Bonnet Competition to be held at the home Friday, March 25th starting at 1:30pm for judging at 2pm.

Each entrant is being asked to design and create an eye-catching Easter bonnet to be brought to the home and displayed on the day of the competition. The design of the bonnet itself can be any shape or colour scheme, and any materials may be used.

Entries will be judged on the day, and prizes will be awarded for winners of each entry group, including a bottle of champagne for the winner of the adult category and a goody bag for the winner of the children's category.

Afternoon teas will be served throughout the afternoon.

Judith Morgan-Worrall, Manager at Foxgrove explained: “The idea behind the competition is to encourage local members of the community to come along and get involved in a creative and fun challenge. We aim to bring the community into our home, meet the residents and enjoy a lovely afternoon together. It should be a really fun day and we are all looking forward to seeing the fantastic bonnet designs that people create.”

For more information, call 01394 274037, or visit the home High Road East, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 9PU.


Last updated on 01 March 2016.

Mega Easter Bonnet Competition Launched

Group Activities Coordinators Sue Campbell-Bannerman and Rita Coleman are never short of an idea or two when it comes to setting a fun, creative, competitive challenge for residents and staff across the Healthcare Homes Group. The most recent challenge that has just been announced is a MEGA EASTER BONNET challenge. 

As the name suggests, the aim of the challenge is to bring individuals together to design and create an eye-catching oversized Easter bonnet. From each home, one lucky resident will be chosen by their peers to be photographed modelling the bonnet. The photo entries will then be judged and prizes will be awarded to the top three entries.

Each home is also being asked to take photos of the bonnet in its making so the judges can see the creation process in action.  The design itself can be any shape or colour scheme, and materials can be used. But the keyword in the title challenge is 'MEGA' - scale is the order of the day!

As Rita and Sue point out “The idea is to design and create an oversized, larger-than-life Easter bonnet. Oversized bonnets make fantastic photographs, so competitors should not hold back. Go as bold as you dare! We envisage tremendous fun, especially with individual homes choosing their own resident model to wear it for their entry!”

The competition is open to all residents and staff across the group. Friends and family of residents and staff are also invited to join in the creative fun.

Photo entries must be submitted by Wednesday 23rd March and prizes will be awarded to the top three entries, once the judging has taken place.

We look forward to publishing the photos here on the website and to announcing the winners in due course.


Last updated on 15 February 2016.

Team Foxgrove cycles to Great Yarmouth for charity

Mark and the team

On a very wet day at the end of June, Mark Bull, who works at Foxgrove residential home in Felixstowe, completed a sponsored cycle ride which took him all the way from Foxgrove up to Great Yarmouth. The challenge was undertaken in aid of the Alzheimers' Society charity.

Pictured is Mark, along with manager Judith Morgan-Worrall and carers Kerry and Lizzie, who accompanied him for the start of his journey.

If you'd like to contribute to the amount raised, please contact the team at Foxgrove on 01394 274037. 

Well done to all involved!


Last updated on 10 August 2016.

‘Tin for Ten’ Christmas Art and Craft Challenge Launched

In the final round-up of its 10th anniversary celebrations, Healthcare Homes group is hosting a ‘Tin for Ten Christmas Mobile Challenge’, which invites residents from its 23 homes from across the Eastern region to create a Christmas decoration showpiece, in the form of a hanging mobile. With Tin representing a tenth anniversary, the mobile must include tin foil somewhere in the design. 

Throughout the year, the Group has already successfully hosted several fun and creative challenges, including a Bake Off and an In Bloom flower arranging contest. This latest Tin for Ten Christmas Mobile project challenges residents, staff and friends and families of each home to work together to create an imaginative eye-catching mobile decoration. Each decoration will then be hung on display in a prominent place in each home for all to see and enjoy throughout the festive season.

Photos are to be provided to the regional activities coordinators, in order for a winning first, second and third place prize to be awarded to those that have shown design flair, creativity and team working.

Referring to the forthcoming challenge, Sue Campbell-Bannerman and Rita Coleman, the Regional Activities Coordinators for Healthcare Homes, said: “Following on from our previous successful challenges, we have launched “Tin for Ten” in order to wrap up our tenth anniversary celebrations with a final festive flourish. Each mobile must include tin foil in its design, which is not only an easy, pliable material to work with, but it is also adds a bit of sparkle for the Christmas season. Everyone has really enjoyed all the creative challenges set this year – we’ve found them to be a really great way of keeping residents engaged; physically, mentally and socially.”

Judging of the homes’ displays will officially take place once all the entries have been received – the deadline of which is 4th December. Prizes will be presented for the three best designs. 


Last updated on 07 December 2015.

Everyone gathers for Coffee and Cake in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

Healthcare Homes group is hosting a series of coffee mornings at its residential and nursing homes located across the region to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, as part of the ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ event. 

The event, which officially takes place on Friday 25 September, encourages people all over the UK to gather together over coffee and cake with friends, family and local community members to raise valuable funds for the cancer support charity.

Residents and staff are planning a varied schedule of activities, to encourage as many friends, family members and neighbours to come along to one of the many coffee morning events being hosted across the group.  The planned schedule of coffee mornings and related includes: 

  • Mill Lane Nursing and Retirement Home (Felixstowe, Suffolk) is holding a “Spot the Cake” and “Star Baker” competition at their coffee morning, which is taking place on Tuesday 22 September, 11:00am-12:30pm, as well as a prize-winning raffle;
  • Beaumont Park Nursing and Residential Home (Biggleswade, Bedfordshire) is hosting a raffle as well as serving a delicious range of cakes and sweet treats (from 10:30am); 
  • Olive House Residential Care Home (Newton Flotman, Norwich) is hosting a coffee and cake gathering for its residents and is inviting local people to attend to enjoy a range of home-made sponges and fruit cakes in return for donations for the charity (from 11:00am);
  • Uvedale Hall Residential Home (Needham Market, Suffolk) is hosting a ‘Fake or Bake’ contest to see if people can tell the difference between home-made and shop-bought cakes. Competitions will also be held in order to raise money for Macmillan (from 2:15pm);
  • The White House (Beccles, Suffolk) is hosting a coffee and cake afternoon, which will include a raffle and harvest festival celebrations as well as a non-uniform day to raise funds (from 2:00pm);
  • Lowestoft Manorcourt Homecare branch (Riverside Business Park, NR33 0TQ) is hosting a coffee and cake morning between 10am and 12 noon in the Marsh room.  Guests invited.

Sue Campbell-Bannerman, Group Activities Co-ordinator for Healthcare Homes explains: “Macmillan Cancer Support is a charity that is very dear to many of us – cancer is something that has touched most of us in some way and so we are pleased to be hosting a wide number of coffee and cake mornings across our group. A majority of our 23 homes are holding an event and so we encourage you to take a look at our schedule to find a home near you, so you can join in and raise money for this worthy cause.”

For more information regarding Macmillan’s ‘World Largest Coffee Morning’, visit


Last updated on 22 September 2015.

'Healthcare Homes In Bloom’ launches

'In bloom'

As part of a year of celebrations to mark its 10th anniversary, Healthcare Homes Group has announced the second in a series of fun and creative challenges for each of the group’s 23 residential homes.

After a hugely successful first ‘bake off’ challenge, the second for staff and residents at each home located across Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire is to design and create an “In Bloom” flower display, which will coincide withNational Dementia Carer’s Day, on Sunday 13th September.

Referring to the forthcoming floral challenge, Sue Campbell-Bannerman and Rita Coleman, Regional Activities Co-ordinators for Healthcare Homes, said: “Following on from the very successful Bake-Off, ‘Healthcare Homes In Bloom’ is the perfect second creative challenge for all of our homes to take part in, to continue our 10th anniversary celebrations. After all, who does not love flowers? Competitors can choose any design, colour or shape, but each display must include the number 10 somewhere, which can be in any form.”

Sue and Rita go on to explain why competitors are also being asked to include Forget-me-Nots in their displays: “Flowers, their colours and perfume, can evoke strong memories of times gone by, happy or sad. Reminiscence is very much a part of the work we do at Healthcare Homes and it is important in connecting our residents with memories of loved ones, friends and perhaps flowers and gardens they have loved in the past. Forget-me-Nots are therefore a highly symbolic part of our message – not to mention that they are beautiful too.”

Judging of the displays officially takes place on Friday 18th September 2015, once the floral designs have been on display for visitors to see at the homes during the week prior, which incorporates National Dementia Carer’s Day.


Last updated on 09 September 2015.

Foxgrove Residents Visit Levington Marina

Residents of Foxgrove Retirement Home in Felixstowe, Suffolk recently enjoyed a day trip out to Levington Marina, on the shores of the river Orwell, where they were able to enjoy a cup of tea and cake enroute, whilst taking in the sights of the surrounding riverside and natural habitat.

The area surrounding the marina is one of the most unspoilt and beautiful parts of Suffolk. Officially designated as one of the UK's 40 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is also rich in environmental and historical treasures, providing interest for all members of the family.

The grey skies provided a dramatic backdrop for photo opportunities as residents looked around the harbour, admiring the many yachts and chatting with other visitors on the day.


Last updated on 02 September 2015.

Felixstowe Mayor to open fete at Foxgrove & Maynell House

Foxgrove Summer Fete

On Saturday 15th August, Maynell House and Foxgrove Residential Home in Felixstowe will be holding their traditional annual summer fete. The joint event between the neighbouring homes will be officially opened by the Mayor of Felixstowe, Mrs Doreen Savage, at 2:00pm and will feature a whole range of activities and entertainment for local families to enjoy.

Visitors can meander around bric-a-brac stalls, chance their luck on the tombola and raffles, or have a go at some of the many traditional games on offer.  Visitors can also relax and enjoy the delights of scrumptious cake stalls or traditional cream teas.   Entertainment will be taking place, including bouncy castle, BBQ, garden games and Disney characters  

All money raised on the day will go to the residents’ activities funds for days out and entertainment.

Judith Morgan-Worrall, Manager of Healthcare Homes’ Maynell House said: “We are really excited about the summer fete and extremely honoured that the Mayor will be visiting too. There will be plenty of entertainment and fun activities for everyone to enjoy. Our residents, their friends and families, enjoy it every year, and it is a lovely afternoon out for local families. We look forward to seeing lots of visitors and welcoming them to our home.”

Further details about this or any other of the day’s events can be obtained from the Manager of Maynell House or Foxgrove on 01394 272731 // Maynell House, High Road East, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 9PU.   


Last updated on 14 July 2015.

Care Home Open Day Update, 19th June

Care Home Open Day

With National Care Home Open Day fast approaching, we thought we would provide an update :

In celebration of our 10th anniversary, all 23 homes across the Healthcare Homes Group, are currently designing and baking a special cake to mark our decade in business. The baked goods will be judged as part of this year’s National Care Home Open Day.

The Healthcare Homes ‘Bake-Off Challenge’ enables staff and residents to come up with a creative design, colours or theme for their cakes. The finished products will then be on display at each home on Friday 19th June, which coincides with National Care Home Open Day, enabling visitors to both view and sample the delicious cakes with afternoon tea.



Last updated on 23 June 2015.

Christmas Quilt is well on its Way!

Healthcare Homes, which provides residential care and support to the elderly and people with dementia, set every one of its 23 residential and nursing care homes the creative challenge of producing a Christmas-themed fabric square. The squares have been stitched together to make a quilt measuring over more than 6ft by 6ft.

The quilt is currently making its way around each of the homes which helped create it, starting its 435-mile journey across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, at Claremont House and Lodge in Caister, near Great Yarmouth, on November 13.

The quilt made its way to The Manor House in North Walsham on Thursday, and will be handed over to Olive House in Newton Flotman, Norfolk on Monday .

Residents from each home are accompanying the quilt to the next home.

Sue Campbell-Bannerman, group activities co-ordinator for the Healthcare Homes group, said: “As well as the creative element, by sharing the finished product across the homes, it also makes it a fantastic social occasion with residents taking the quilt from home to home.”

Emma Cooper, manager at The Manor House in North Walsham, said they welcomed the quilt on its journey with a glass of sherry and a mince pie.

The quilt completes its trip at the Healthcare Homes office in Langham near Colchester, on January 12, with plans to donate the quilt to a hospice.


Last updated on 08 December 2014.

Homemade Christmas Quilt to Travel 435 Miles for Festive Project

One of the quilt squares

Residents of Healthcare Homes’ 23 residential and nursing care homes across the Eastern counties have completed a creative project that has seen the formation of a huge Christmas quilt, which will now spend two months travelling between all homes for everyone’s enjoyment. The 435-mile journey starts at Claremont House & Lodge in Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk, on 13 November and completes its trip at the Healthcare Homes office in Langham near Colchester, Essex, on 12 January 2015.

The group, which provides residential care and support to the elderly and also to people with dementia, set every home the creative challenge of producing a Christmas-themed fabric square. Residents have enjoyed creating a wide range of festive designs, which on completion, has been professionally stitched together to make a huge quilt, which measures over 6.5 foot x 6.5 foot.

Now the quilt is finished, the next stage of the project is for it to make its way around all 23 homes, which are located across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. Residents from each home will accompany the quilt to the next home, where they will be greeted with mince pies and sherry from the welcoming home.  Once the epic journey has been completed, there are plans to donate the quilt to a local hospice.

Confirms Sue Campbell-Bannerman, Group Activities Coordinator for the Healthcare Homes group: “Every year my colleague Rita Coleman and I set our homes an annual fun challenge and the Christmas Quilt has really been enjoyed by everyone so far.  As well as the creative element, by sharing the finished product across the homes, it also makes it a fantastic social occasion with residents taking the quilt from home to home. It’s going to take just under two months to get round all 23 homes, and will take in 435 miles as it goes from county to county. It’s a lovely way for our residents to meet one another and enjoy a lovely festive day out.”

The first leg of the quilt’s journey starts from Claremont House & Lodge in Caister-on-Sea, where it will be delivered to residents at The Gables residential home in Gorleston, before moving on to Overbury House in Wroxham.  A full schedule of the quilt’s journey is below.

David Bates, Chief Operating Officer for Healthcare Homes added: “Congratulations to everyone who has been involved not only in making the fabric masterpiece, but to those coordinating the quilt’s journey across counties to ensure that everyone gets to see the finished piece. It makes quite a social occasion for those residents who have volunteered to hand it over to the next home, as they get to meet other residents and share the overall experience - as well as a mince pie and glass of festive sherry, of course.”


Last updated on 13 November 2014.

Knitted Tree project creates woolly masterpieces

“If you go down to the woods today you’re sure to have a surprise!”

Don’t be surprised if when passing one of Healthcare Homes’ residential or nursing homes this month you spot a multi-coloured tree or two in their grounds and gardens! The Group has set a fun challenge that invites all 23 homes in the group to take part in a ‘Knitted Tree’ project, which encourages residents, staff, friends, family and the wider local communities to get involved – and get knitting! 
Each year, Healthcare Homes sets an annual fun challenge across the group, which encourages creativity, but most of all, interaction and an enjoyable experience.  Last year saw a poetry competition, with entries being collated into a group-wide book, and this year sees the launch of the Knitted Tree Project. 

Sue Campbell-Bannerman, regional activities coordinator devised the idea for the latest project and is pleased with the response received so far: "All the homes have really enjoyed this project and already the entries we are receiving really are fantastic.  Well done to not only the residents and staff, but relatives, friends and people from the local communities who are joining in!"

Rita Coleman, who is also working with Sue on the project, added: "We have invited all homes to take part in a Knitted Tree Project. Anyone can join in with the knitting: residents, staff, friends, family and even the local community. All they need to do is find a tree within the grounds of the home and get knitting! They can make squares that can then be sown up to go around the trunk or branches, or create pom-poms that can be displayed – be inspired, get creative and happy knitting!”

The Knitted Tree project will not only inject a great deal of colour into the gardens of the 23 homes located across the eastern counties, but is also a great opportunity to bring everyone together for a fun experience.   Photos of all the completed Knitted projects will then be entered into a prize draw, where prizes will be awarded to the three most creative entries.

David Bates, chief operating officer, Healthcare Homes Group added: “Every year our activity coordinators set a fun challenge across all the homes in our group and this one is particularly colourful!  I’ve already seen some of the decorated trees and it certainly catches your attention, particularly as the weather is turning autumnal – it adds a zest of colour back into our homes’ gardens, and is ultimately great fun for residents, friends, family, and the homes’ local communities.”


Last updated on 14 November 2013.

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