As well as choosing the perfect care home for your relatives needs, it is important to choose an area that will suit them.
There are many factors to consider in working out the best location for a care home within Hertfordshire, and this guide will help you to think about what matters to your relative, as well as make some suggestions for areas to consider.
If you are looking for more advice on what to look for from an individual care home, you may be interested in Age Space’s Top Tips for Choosing a Care Home, which includes a checklist on what you should be looking out for.
- Finding a Care Home in Hertfordshire
- Areas to Consider in Hertfordshire
- Average Care Home Costs in Hertfordshire
- Pros and Cons of Elderly Life in Hertfordshire
Find Hertfordshire Care Homes
Age Space is currently working on our very own directory of care homes in Hertfordshire. Until then, you and your relatives can use the CareHome.co.uk website to search for Hertfordshire care homes. On this site you can filter the care homes according to your preferred locations, as well as other factors relevant to your relative.
Different Areas to Consider in Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire is a popular place for older people to live, and there are plenty of areas which may particularly appeal to your relative. Below we have listed some of Hertfordshire’s best areas, which you may want to consider.
Bishop’s Stortford is a historic market town in East Hertfordshire – an area of the country that was recently voted the best place to live in the UK by the Halifax Quality of Life survey 2020. Factors leading to this award included high life expectancy, good health and impressive happiness scores.
Letchworth Garden City
Letchworth prides itself on being the world’s first ‘Garden City’, created as a solution to the squalor and poverty of urban life in Britain in the late 19th Century. It is conveniently located, and also the location of one of Hertfordshire’s impressive retirement villages.
Royston is a town in North Hertfordshire, close to the border with Cambridgeshire. It has great travel links to the rest of Hertfordshire, to London, and to the north, making it easy for family to come and visit. Royston also has a wide choice of day clubs for older people that might be of interest to your relative, as well as a popular annual arts festival!
St Albans is Hertfordshire’s most famous cathedral city, with a long and interesting history dating back to it being a Celtic and then important Roman settlement. It was also the first major town on the old Roman road! With its rich history, remnants of which can visited today, and its packed programme of theatre, opera and museum exhibitions, St Albans may appeal to the culturally-minded older person. It is also only a short journey from London.
Berkhamsted is another of Hertfordshire’s historic market towns. It boasts Britain’s “most beautiful” and “best” cinema – the Rex – according to multiple national newspapers. Being in the area of Dacorum, older residents living in care homes in Berkhamsted can also benefit from the helpful services provided by the dedicated Age UK Dacorum group.
Average Hertfordshire Care Home Fees
Care homes in Hertfordshire tend to cost notably more than the national average figure, which was £33, 852/year for residential care as of 2019. There are a number of reasons as to why Hertfordshire costs more than the national average, including that care homes in the South are almost always more expensive than those in the North.
The difference between residential care and residential with nursing care is the level of medical attention and support offered by the care home for your relative.
|Residential Only||Residential with Nursing Care|
|Yearly Cost of Care Home||£54,019 per year||£64,302 per year|
Not all care homes in Hertfordshire will cost this much, of course. You should enquire as to the cost of each care home you look at on a case-by-case basis, as prices are affected by location, size of home, number of staff and more.
The Benefits & Drawbacks of Life in Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire is lucky to have large expanses of green space, countryside and parks. From the Roman Mosaics in St Albans’ Verulamium Park to Aldenham County Park in Borehamwood, to the Green Flag-awarded Southern Country Park in Bishop’s Storford, there are large and historically interesting outdoor spaces throughout the county.
As a popular commuter base, Hertfordshire has very good transport links to London, and to the other home counties.
Hertfordshire has a large number of ‘Good’ care homes according to the CQC ratings. As mentioned earlier, one downside to care homes in Hertfordshire is that they cost more than the national average.
The official CQC ratings of the 4 local NHS Trusts in Hertfordshire vary. The Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust is rated as outstanding and the Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust is rated as good. The East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust and the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, however, were both recently rated as requiring improvement.