Making the decision to help move your parent into a care home is a tough one and is one that you will be taking time over to make sure that it is the best fit for them. This can act as your guide for where to find the best care homes for your family in Cambridgeshire.
To help you know what to look for in potential care homes, Age Space has produced a comprehensive guide on what to consider, including a checklist on what to look for and to ask when researching specific care homes.
- Searching for a Care Home in Cambridgeshire
- Different Areas to Consider
- Average Care Home costs in Cambridgeshire
- Elderly life in Cambridgeshire
Finding Cambridgeshire Care Homes
We are working on a care home directory so that you can search for homes in Cambridgeshire – watch this space! In the meantime you can search for Care Homes in Cambridgeshire on CareHomes.co.uk.
Different Areas to Consider in Cambridgeshire
There are many care homes spread across the historical, prestigious and beautiful expanse that is Cambridgeshire. We have picked out the 5 districts throughout the county and given a brief overview of the area, the major benefits to each and a link to a search of the best care homes in that location. For more info on a good day out visit our page on the Top 5 Accessible Days out in Cambridgeshire.
Home to the world famous Cambridge University, Cambridge is stuffed full of stunning architecture, museums, green spaces and punts. In addition to the variety of things to do, Cambridge has excellent transport connections across the country, its own hospital, Addenbrooke’s, and plenty of top-rated care home options.
Surrounding the Suffolk town of Newmarket, East Cambridgeshire’s main town is Ely, which boasts the simply magnificent Ely Cathedral, Oliver Cromwell’s House and is surrounded by the Fens – rolling countryside home to some beautiful National Trust properties. There are good road networks throughout and Ely has its own hospital, the Princess of Wales Hospital.
Right at the top of Cambridgeshire, Fenland contains the the central town March and two neighbouring market towns or Chatteris and Wisbech – Capital of the Fens. The A141 runs through the centre of this district, and there are good connections to Peterborough (30 minutes), Peterborough City Hospital and Wisbech Hospital. There is plenty to appreciate throughout Fenland and is a great place to live.
Huntingdonshire stretches across a vast rural area in Cambridgeshire and homes many great historical towns including St Neots, Huntingdon, St Ives, and Ramsey as well as the only museum in the UK dedicated to Oliver Cromwell – born in Huntingdon. An hours train from London and connected by the A1 and A14 to Peterborough and Cambridge respectively.
Often thought of as its own entity, separate from Cambridgeshire, Peterborough is a medieval cathedral city. There is plenty to do culture-wise in this city, with arts events happening all year round including the Arts, Heritage and Willow Music Festivals. Peterborough also has an abundance of expansive open green spaces, while also being surrounded by stunning countryside. With a population nearing 200,000, Peterborough also has great train links to the north and south.
350 miles of countryside surrounding Cambridge City, South Cambridgeshire completes our overview of the county and is all about the rural sights and tidbits of history dotted throughout, as well as it’s obvious connection to the main city. The Imperial War Museum Duxford, Wimpole Hall and Linton Zoo are just a few of the great aspects of this county.
Average Cambridgeshire Care Homes Fees
In the UK, the average price of residential care is £33, 852/year as of 2019. The inclusion of nursing care takes this figure to around £47,000. You can see on the table below what the average price of care homes are in Cambridgeshire. The prices of Care Homes in the East of England are rising at a higher percentage that the rest of England, as the area becomes a popular place to retire to. Cambridgeshire prices are also slightly more expensive on average than those in its neighbouring counties of Suffolk and Norfolk.
Residential care is simply for elderly people who don’t have any specific medical needs but don’t feel they can safely live at home. Support might be offered in stead in the form of helping with meal preparation, getting dressed or washing. Nursing Care is for those with medical conditions that need attending to. Nursing care is more expensive as care providers are especially trained and more expensive equipment might be required, like breathing aids.
It should be noted that the average price is not indicative of the price your parents will pay for their care. Price is dependent on many factors including location, type of care, age of facility, staff per resident and much more. The amount your elderly relative will have to pay towards their care home fees is also dependent on the amount of savings and assets they own – visit our Cambridgeshire Care Needs Assessment page to learn about funding care.
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The data used is based on projection from Laing Buisson’s study into the cost of elderly care.
The Benefits and Drawbacks of Life in Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire is a great place in which to grow old. In addition to its rural nature, quintessential English market towns, renowned place in history and impressive architectural beauty, it boasts strong transport connections throughout the country and into London. One of its only few downsides is the distance from a beach, the nearest being North West Norfolk.
These factors combined have made Cambridgeshire a desirable county to live in and so the cost of living has increased steadily over the years.
Quality of life in Cambridgeshire is averagely pretty high and the county has one of the highest life expectancies in the country, 81 and 85 for men and women respectively.
There are hospitals throughout Cambridgeshire and in neighbouring Peterborough (City Hospital). We have listed the 3 major hospitals in this region with links to their Care Quality Commission (CQC) ratings.