A personal reflection by resident Vera at Bradbury House

After being a resident at Bradbury House Care Home for nearly nine years Vera has kindly shared her own thoughts and experience of her time at the home, offering insight from her initial decision to look into care home options through to her highlights of the home.

How did you first find out about Bradbury House?
“I have always grown up knowing of Bradbury House formerly known as Bradbury Offices, as firstly my mother used to go to school with Mr Bradbury and then my mother used to work here for Mr Bradbury. When I finished school every day I used to have to walk here and wait for my mother to finish work.”

“So, when I started to think about going into a care home I had enquired around and then I saw an advert about Bradbury House in the local newspaper, rang up and asked for a brochure and I still have that brochure to this day. As I read about Bradbury House…

…the thing that stuck with me was the story that Helena (the owner) had put in the brochure about buying the home for a relative of hers as she couldn’t find a home suitable – this made my mind up for me as I thought what a lovely story!”

What qualities made you choose Bradbury House?
“I chose Bradbury as it is a small home which has lots of character and is very homely. Also, it is very close to the town, which when I first came into the home was great as I could take visits into town.”

Now you are here how do you feel about Bradbury House?
“Well nearly nine years later I am still here and still very happy and content, I am so glad that I chose Bradbury as I feel part of a family and it is a ‘home from home’. I would not dream of living anywhere else, yes I have seen many changes over the years but none for the worst, it is still the same as the first day I arrived here.”

Are there any specific ways Bradbury House helps you to create and maintain friendships?
“As I am an only child and have no family close by, I do like to keep myself to myself but over the years I have become friends with two lady’s that come and see me regularly, which both have the same love of cats as me. One of the lady’s mother’s used to be in the home, and I used to chat to her, then she passed away and her daughter and I became friends and she started to visit me.  She would take me into town if I required any shopping however now I no longer wish to go into town she will go for me. We now sit and have a chat over a cup of tea and we put the world to rights.”

Would you recommend Bradbury House to others and why?
“Yes, I would always recommend Bradbury House because it has a homely feel, great and loveable staff, and don’t forget the home cooked food.”

What could be done at Bradbury House to further your satisfaction and / or wellbeing?
“Yes, one important thing is for it to never change and for Bradbury House to remain the same.”

Bradbury House provides residential care in a 17th Century converted building for up to 20 elderly people.

If you would like to find out more about life at Bradbury House and the care we offer, or to request a meeting with our Home Manager, please contact us on 0808 223 5411 or email manager.bradbury@caringhomes.org.

Bradbury House

Home Manager

Karen Thompson


New Street,

0808 223 5411
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
To Whom it may concern,

RE: A message from the CEO and Clinical Director

At Caring Homes we are following the latest Government advice and stopping visitors to all our homes, except for essential visits by healthcare professionals who will be required to adhere to strict protocols.

We understand that this may be very difficult for families but we are clear in our duty to ensure we protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our Residents and Colleagues as our top priority.

We want you to know that you can contact your loved ones through calls, emails, video and social media and we will support our Residents to view any messages you send over. We are confident that the teams in our homes are doing all they can to ensure that life remains as comfortable and sociable as possible. There will be a full programme of activities delivered by our in-house health and wellbeing teams.

We hope you will understand and support these actions and any further subsequent measures we might need to put in place.

Yours sincerely

Paul Jeffery – Chief Executive Officer

Frank Cummins – Clinical Director