Wytham House

Oxford, Oxfordshire

Koren Evans-Slade

Care Home Manager

Wytham House care home with nursing in Farmoor, is a purpose built home, offering the highest level of professional and specialist residential dementia and nursing dementia care, for up to 40 elderly residents.

  • Call us free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0808 223 5402
  • We can assess your needs at home or in hospital
  • Rated ‘Good’ in all categories by CQC, read the full report here.
  • Specialist dementia care
  • Friendly and dedicated care team
  • Nursing and residential care offered at our sister home, Oaken Holt
  • Tailored care plans
  • Excellent activities provision
  • Choice of beautifully appointed rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Located in a peaceful village with strong community links

Following a multi-million pound development, Wytham House at Oaken Holt has been meticulously built by Caring Homes to provide a home that is entirely centred on providing a safe environment with specialist dementia care provided by outstanding highly-skilled professionals. We have created a modern care home with exceptional facilities and the highest quality finish. Practical bedrooms with en-suite facilities and carefully considered furniture arrangements suit the specific care needs of our residents.

The luxurious environment with impressive decoration, belies the careful, thoughtful design. We have taken into account ease of movement and navigation, good visibility and accessibility, and introduced memory aids to promote maximum independence and confidence. Our dementia-friendly design features include strong lighting coupled with the use of colour and contrast for safety and perception, plus clear signage with icons to help wayfinding. In addition, low windowsills enable residents to admire wildlife including squirrels and birds in the extensive gardens and parkland.

For those that prefer a more intimate setting, the Coach House offers high quality residential dementia care for up to 12 residents and is adjacent to Wytham House.

Together with Oaken Holt main house, Wytham House and the Coach House are surrounded by gardens and parkland extending to 23 acres in the heart of rural Oxfordshire.

The Coach House, designed for those that prefer a more intimate setting, offers high quality residential dementia care for up to 12 residents.

The Wytham House and Coach House in-house chefs and hospitality team, drivers, gardeners, resident concierge, fully trained care and nursing teams all ensure that the time residents spent here is as rewarding for them as it is for us.

Care – giving a helping hand

We are dedicated to providing dignified and respectful residential and nursing dementia care. What matters most to us is the wellbeing of each of our residents, whatever their circumstances, whatever their needs. We have experience of listening, learning and sharing ideas to develop and understanding of continuous, sensitive care.

Before each resident’s arrival we create a detailed individual care plan, in consultation with them, their family, and any appropriate health and social care professionals. This guides us in understanding likes, dislikes, needs and wants, helping residents to feel at home quickly. It includes a wealth of information from preferred waking times and food favourites to pastimes, interests and health issues, and is frequently updated to reflect any changes.

Lifestyle – for a life less ordinary

Living at Wytham House and the Coach House, ‘everyday’ for a resident stays just as they like it, maintaining the continuity of recent times. When we couple a deeper understanding of current or former hobbies and interests, this helps us support them to enjoy their life more fully.

We find people want to keep as active a mind as possible and, if the body obliges, that too. With activity comes a renewed zest for life. For residents seeking a life less ordinary a variety of activities, events, entertainment and trips are on offer.

The lifestyle a resident leads is very much the lifestyle they want. Dependent on an individual resident’s needs there are a number of enhancements we offer which can add to the quality of life, especially in a care home setting. As a home offering residential, nursing and dementia care across three different areas of the home we recognise everyone is different, and we celebrate that, which is why we offer such a wide and varied programme with differing levels of engagement.

Hospitality on a plate

Mealtimes are an event much anticipated and sure to be savoured by residents and visitors to Wytham House and the Coach House. Our Hospitality Manager leads a customer focused team including our Head Chef who sources seasonal and local produce for our daily menus. There are always plenty of tasty options to choose from shaped by feedback from residents,   families and visitors. We cater for all dietary requirements, including the monitoring of hydration, nutrition and weight. They are recorded in care plans where appropriate.

Room service is always available or meals can be taken in the dining room with dedicated waiting staff on hand to help. Guests are welcome to join residents for lunch by appointment.

Care fees and funding

Our range of fees is determined to ensure the safety of our residents and the comfortable running of their home. Fees are competitive, reviewed annually, and can vary based on individual care needs, size or aspect of room, and duration of stay.

Depending on an individual’s needs some funding assistance may be available. When you visit the home please ask about the allowances and how we may help you request any funding entitlements.

We recommend that making the decision on how to fund a care home placement is ideally done with the support of a professional advisor. We understand that finance plays a large part in most people’s decision so we can help you find accredited industry specialists who can provide reassuring independent advice.

Care Facilities

To promote optimum health in our residents, a personalised nutrition plan is created for each individual, with specific dietary needs taken into account.
Our trusted and well-liked visiting physiotherapist is available to treat and advise our residents.
Our local, assigned GP is able to visit our site to treat and advise any of our residents.
A visiting occupational therapist ensures each resident's particular needs are met in our facility.
The regular team of visiting nurses are able to provide guidance, support and treatment to our residents.
Our qualified dementia team are experts in the latest developments in dementia care, identifying each resident's personal needs and creating a dedicated care plan catered to them.
Trained dementia care staff are on hand to support our residents and ensure their time with us is spent safely and positively.
We use a friendly registered mental health nurse, who residents are familiar with and trust.
We are proud to hold Hospitality Assured Accreditation, which demonstrates our commitment to outstanding service and resident care.
Our excellence in performance and efficiency is recognised through our ISO 9001 Accreditation.
Our dedicated Internal Quality Assurance Team ensure our accreditations are maintained and these high standards are reflected across the facility.
Once we have reviewed the results of the pre-admission assessment, Individual Care Plans are carefully created and a detailed approach to every resident's care is formulised.
Our specialist group of activities co-ordinators make sure there are a range of mental, physical and social activities for our residents to participate in and enjoy.

Room Facilities

Residents can use en-suite facilities with added peace of mind with an emergency call point.
We provide step-free, non-slip showers, which are safe and convenient for our residents.
Private bathroom and shower facilities are offered to all residents, so they don't have the inconvenience of sharing, or waiting to use the washroom.
Our bathrooms are fitted with automatic lights, which are serviced on a regular basis.
To aid the flow of traffic in our home and make moving from space to space easier, free swing doors have been fitted along corridors.
Indoor light is measured carefully to provide maximum benefit for residents. Natural daylight maintains a healthy circadian rhythm, increases production of Vitamin D and reduces symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Secluded patios provide a private space for residents to enjoy the gardens.
Lowered cill heights mean seated residents have an unobstructed view of our outside spaces.
Residents and guests can enjoy peace of mind in the sanctuary of our secure patio area.
Residents are able to enjoy all their favourite television shows and films, thanks to our modern television sets.
Clean, well-maintained furniture can be provided for residents to enjoy their own fully-furnished bedroom without the hassle of sourcing and moving in appropriate furniture.
Residents are welcome to bring their own furniture to personalise their space and create their own homely environment.
Our facility walls are colour contrasted to ease residents' navigation around the centre.
Our wall switches contrast to the wall colour, so they can be located quickly and easily.
Residents can take advantage of the flexibility of free WIFI in their bedrooms, for added privacy and convenience.
Special sensors indicate when doors are opened or when movement is detected in the room. These alarms help reduce risk to vulnerable residents.
Residents can relax and sleep easy, knowing their rooms are fitted with reliable, professionally-fitted locks. These recommended locks are safe and appropriate for our residents.
Bright walls and high contrast carpets are used throughout our facility to help residents find their way around the building.

Indoor Facilities

Our simple to use nurse call system allows residents access to a qualified nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Our friendly receptionist is on hand to answer any queries throughout the working week.
Residents and visitors can grab a bite to eat and enjoy a coffee in our relaxing on site café.
We offer full use of our modern hair salon, staffed by qualified stylists, to all residents.
Residents are can keep in touch with friends and family all over the world, as well as browse the internet, thanks to our reliable broadband, offered at no extra cost.
Residents can enjoy the cinema experience in the comfort of our bespoke cinema room, designed specifically with the needs of our residents in mind.
An engaging activity room, where residents can take part in group activities or enjoy a game of cards or dominoes, is available for use.
Every bathroom has been designed to make it easier to use for our residents' specific needs.
A modern, spacious and regularly serviced lift is available for use to all residents and visitors.
Friendly, fully qualified nurses are on-hand throughout the day and night to assist with our residents' needs.
A room where all our residents can keep up to date with their favourite soaps and take pleasure in watching shows and films with their friends.
Residents can relax with a book and a cool drink on our outdoor terrace, complete with comfortable furniture.
Light, airy and temperature controlled dining rooms make the perfect environment for our residents to enjoy their meals.
Residents have the option of eating meals in their own room, thanks to our popular and reliable room service.
Having the option of making your own cup of tea in a self serve kitchenette is a simple, but important choice we are proud to offer our residents.
Our popular themed food events are a great talking point amongst our residents and add a touch of fun and variety to mealtimes.
A packed schedule of games, activities and trips means there is a social event to suit every resident's taste.
Residents are able to take pleasure in a range of entertainment options, including singers and dance troupes, from the various types of visiting entertainment.
We offer a wide range of external trips, to the seaside, shopping centres, National Trust sites and other local areas of interest.
We help residents create memory boxes, filled with items such as photographs or tickets, to help stimulate happy memories from the past.
Reliable, modern and quiet air conditioning units are positioned around our facility to create a comfortable environment, whatever the weather outside.
Professionally created dementia orientation signage has been positioned around our facility to assist residents' navigational requirements.
Gently sloped floors and wide access routes make our centre wholly wheelchair accessible.
Safe, modern hoists are used by our trained staff to make activities such as getting into bed easy and comfortable for residents.
Our experienced and trained head chef creates a huge choice of meals to suit every palate.
Residents are able to worship and practise their own religion in our facility, with the support of our visiting multi-faith clergy.
State of the art computer facilities and tablets are available for use by our residents. We also offer support to those residents needing guidance with these devices.
An independent care fee planning advisory service is available to all residents, providing unbiased information and guidance.
A range of daily newspapers are offered to our residents, so they can keep up to date with local and international news.

Outdoor Facilities

We offer a safe place for friends and family to park their car whilst visiting loved ones.
Our relaxing green spaces mean there is always somewhere to go for residents looking for peace or wanting some light exercise.
Residents are encouraged to explore our state of the art sensory garden, where they can experience the calming influence of the flowers and greenery.
Our beautifully designed landscaped garden houses a range of plants, trees and shrubs, providing scenic surroundings for all our residents.
Friends and family arriving by bus can enjoy the complete convenience of a bus stop on our doorstep.
Our new build development provides all the mod cons you would expect from a modern complex, including secure accessibility and comfortably heated rooms.
Our countryside location means we offer a natural, healthy space for our residents to unwind and relax in.
Residents can enjoy the tranquillity and peace of our extensive gardens, which are fully secure and regularly risk assessed.
Friends and family are able to visit loved ones at any time they choose. We offer 100% visiting time flexibility.

Manager's Profile

As the Manager of Wytham House, I lead my professional team in providing the highest standard of specialist dementia care set in the enviable surroundings of the Oaken Holt Estate. With a background in learning disabilities nursing, I bring a unique perspective to my role and work hard to deliver the highest level of person-centred care for those living at Wytham House.

I feel that the Caring Homes philosophy matches up well with my own beliefs on care provision, and I am committed to ensuring that all our residents continue to receive the high levels of care and protection they deserve.

I gained my qualification in Learning Disability Nursing from the University of Southampton in 2001 which provided me with the foundation for my subsequent work supporting people with complex health and psychological needs across a range of clinical settings. I have also achieved two management qualifications; General Management and the Adult Residential Management Award.

Notable career achievements include a role at Douglas House, the world’s first hospice for young adults, which was an ‘awe inspiring’ place to work and recently as Registered Manager at Mill House, a sister home specialising in residential, nursing and dementia care where I was proud to see the difference we can make to people’s lives. I look forward to bringing my extensive experience and enthusiasm to Wytham House to not only provide great care but to enhance the specialist offering at our home.

Prior to joining Caring Homes, I worked as an assessor for the Oxfordshire Continuing Healthcare department for nearly four years. As my role involved visiting many care homes and carrying out live case assessments, I chose to work for Caring Homes as I felt the company had the warmest family feel and where the care of the residents is always the main focus.

Having lived in the Cotswolds for over a decade, I take full advantage of the local area and lead an active lifestyle away from work. When I’m not letting off steam in the gym or at the local swimming pool, I can often be found supporting the local, national, cricket and rugby teams. I also enjoy travelling ‘anywhere near the sea’ and spending time with my family and friends.

Koren Evans-Slade

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Oaken Holt
Eynsham Road

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