Vale House is a 40-bed nursing home in Sandford, providing specialist care to the end of their lives to men and women who suffer from dementia in its severest forms.
The original home was set up in 1990, in Botley, west Oxford, by a group of volunteers, specifically to provide psychological, physical and palliative nursing care for people profoundly affected by dementia. We are proud that this care home was opened officially by Diana, Princess of Wales.
Our new home in Sandford, east of Oxford, is state-of-the-art and stunning. It has been designed by GBS Architects of Oxford. We have taken account of colours and patterns that have been shown to enhance the living experience of our residents. Every bedroom has a memory box at the door, which can be filled with momentoes by the family, reminders of special times in their lives. And, when words mean little, residents may recognise their rooms from these boxes of treasures.
Vale House has regularly received excellent (3-star) ratings from our Regulators, the Inspectors of the Care Quality Commission. This rating is awarded to only 13% of care homes nationally.
The cost of caring for each resident is currently £888 per week, and the fees may be met in one of three ways. Where the person’s care needs are formally and independently assessed as being ‘extremely complex’, the cost is met by the NHS through the ‘Continuing Care Funding’ budget. Where the care needed is not at such an extreme level, but the resident is assessed as having few private means (currently, less than £23,000 in capital), financial assistance is given through the Local Authority.
Otherwise, the residents’ fees are paid out of their own (or their families’) resources. There is no other regular income for the home and all other expenses for improving the fabric and facilities or providing extra benefits for the residents must be covered through fundraising, donations, legacies and similar means.
The application procedure is simple: it involves a form giving us details about the resident. A full assessment is then made by a qualified nurse from Vale House.
When a room becomes available it is offered to the most needy family at the time and they will be given a Welcome Booklet to explain all the details of admission and about life in Vale House.