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. AgeSpace has put together this page to be your guide on 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 things to consider, including a checklist on what to look for and questions to ask when researching specific care homes.
Finding Cambridgeshire Care Homes
Different Areas to Consider in Cambridgeshire
There are many care homes spread across the historical, prestigious and beautiful expanse that is Cambridgeshire. We have looked at the five districts throughout the county and given a brief overview of each area, including the major benefits to each and where to search for the best care homes there.
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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 rolling countryside in the form of the Fens, home to some beautiful National Trust properties. There are good road networks throughout the area and Ely has its own hospital, the Princess of Wales Hospital.
Right at the top of Cambridgeshire, Fenland contains the the central town of March and two neighbouring market town; Chatteris and Wisbech. The A141 runs through the centre of this district and there are good connections to Peterborough, Peterborough City Hospital and Wisbech Hospital. There is plenty to appreciate throughout Fenland and it 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. The area is an hours train ride 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, alongside its’ 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 area of Cambridgeshire.
Average Cambridgeshire Care Home Fees
How much you can expect to pay for a care home per year depends on whether or not the older person in question requires residential care only, or residential with nursing care. In the UK this is usually around £37,237 per year (residential) and £51,700 (nursing).
As you can see from the table below, care homes in Cambridgeshire are averagely more expensive than other parts of the UK. This is due to both its popularity as a retirement location and its proximity to London. However, this doesn’t mean that you can expect to pay the prices below as care home fees are dependent on a lot of things, such as location, facilities, space, type of care, length of care, staff per resident and preference.
|Residential with Nursing
Estimates taken from a study by LaingBuisson from the Care of Older People UK Market Report 2018, adjusted for inflation
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 its vast distance from a beach or coastline, the nearest being North West Norfolk.
These factors have made Cambridgeshire an incredibly desirable county to live in, which has caused the cost of living to steadily increase over the years. This has made it an averagely more expensive place to live in or retire to than other counties across England.
Equally, this has caused the quality of life in Cambridgeshire to averagely be relatively high, giving it one of the highest life expectancies in the country; 81 for men and 85 for women.
There are hospitals throughout Cambridgeshire and in the neighbouring Peterborough. We have listed the 3 major hospitals in this region with links to their Care Quality Commission (CQC) ratings.