Swimbridge House Nursing Home

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Profile Strength
Excellent 97%
Care Type Care Home
Care Category Nursing | Dementia | Respite | Residential
Availability Yes
Weekly Prices From £846.00
Regulator's Rating Good

Care Provider: Vaneal Ltd

Meet The Manager

Claire Atkinson is Registered Manager at Swimbridge House Nursing Home.

I care passionately about providing a homely environment where our residents flourish within an atmosphere of calm , kindness and affection. Our relatives feel part of the Swimbridge House family and our staff are valued , supported and encouraged to grow and develop and to be " Proud to care" at Swimbridge House!

Claire Atkinson

Swimbridge House Nursing Home is a 44-bed nursing home, for those over 65, with a very homely atmosphere and plenty of personal attention.

The Home offers nursing, residential and respite care in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, where the physical and mental well-being of each resident is looked after in a warm and welcoming environment. The Home also specialises in dementia care and is accredited for the ‘Six Steps’ End-of-Life Care. The home is registered with the Care Quality Commission and is rated as ‘Good’.

The home is situated just outside the North Devon village of Swimbridge in a scenic rural setting, close to the A361 link road and in between the regional centre of Barnstaple and South Molton.

To help decide if Swimbridge House is a suitable choice, we provide a free trial day where potential residents can experience first-hand the benefits of our Home.

Swimbridge House - Video tour of the home
Swimbridge House
Care Options We Can Provide
Support For Companionship, Personal care.
Disability Support Physical Disability, Physically Frail, Walking Frame.
Medication By Mouth, Change Catheter, Injection, Suppository.
Type Of Dementia Mild Dementia, Moderate Dementia.
Dementia Specialisms Alzheimer's.
Respite Care Yes

Autumna has invited care providers to evidence the infection control measures they are carrying out, above and beyond those laid out by the government, in order to keep residents, staff and visitors safe.

Infection Control Initiatives in place
safe-tick Independent Assessments We have been independently assessed in our approach to infection control.
safe-tick Infection Control Training Our staff are trained to use measures which prevent and control infections.
safe-tick Sterilisation & Disinfection Devices We are using sterilisation and/or disinfection devices within our care setting.
safe-tick Virus Testing We are testing for viral infection when symptoms present within our care setting.
Safe Visiting Space
safe-tick We have a safe visiting space

In order to provide a safe place to meet, we have installed a Visitor centre to enable residents and their families to be re-united and spend some quality time together. Catching up with family and visiting parents and loved ones has brought smiles to all of our visitors! The Visitor centre is used frequently and ensures that social distancing rules are observed, with external visitors being mindful of hygiene practices.

Swimbridge House Nursing Home safe visiting space
Connectivity for resident testing, monitoring & communications

Infection control and the safety of both residents and staff often requires quarantine measures and the isolation of care home residents. To test, monitor and allow residents to communicate with relatives, the prevalence of room-level connectivity within the home is becoming increasingly relevant.

Wireless Internet access (WiFi)

Yes, our care home has WiFi in all our resident’s rooms.

Mobile Phone Network Coverage (mobile “signal”)

Yes, our care home has mobile phone signal in all our resident’s rooms.

Telephone for external calling

No, our care home does not provide a telephone in residents’ rooms.

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Our Building and Facilities


Swimbridge House has a total of 44 bedrooms for residents’ use, all with lovely views of the surrounding countryside or overlooking our gardens. Many spacious bedrooms have en-suite wet rooms and others have en-suite toilets and washbasins.

Each room is equipped with night lights, aerial cable, nursing bed duvet, pillows, and covers, a wardrobe, bedside table, arm chair and chest of drawers. There are electric profiling beds and a nurse call system in all the bedrooms.

Since individuality is at the heart of our vision, residents are welcome to personalise their rooms by bringing special photographs, mementos and items of furniture.

Communal areas

The three bright, comfortable and sunny lounges are well equipped with armchairs, sofas and fitted laminate flooring and have views of the garden. Side corners allow family and friends to be welcomed in a homely, private environment.

The dining rooms are situated on the ground floor and are connected to the lounge areas. Level access is available to all bedrooms, bathrooms and communal areas, including ramped access to car park and gardens.

Is Our Home Purpose Built

The Year Our Home Was Built
1 Jun 2019

How Many Floors We Have

Who Owns Our Building

Communal Rooms
Activities Room, Dining Rooms, Sitting Rooms, TV Lounges.

What Else Do We Provide
Assisted Bathroom, Beauty Salon, Chiropodist, Hairdressers, Lift, Minibus.

Our Garden
Communal Garden, Communal Patio, Greenhouse, Private Garden(s), Seating, Secure Garden, Summer House, Vegetable Plot, Wheelchair Friendly Access.

How 'Smart' Are We?
Individual Heating Controls.


Our Photos


Each new bedroom has en-suite facilities with a shower and is tastefully decorated, with a unique and homely feel.  To provide an environment suited for high quality care, all bedrooms have electric profiling beds, usability aids and a nurse call system. Other features include a wide corridor for easy wheelchair access, underfloor heating, ceiling hoists and grab-rails.

About Our Rooms
Number Of Rooms 44
Number Of Ensuite Rooms 42

Type Of Room
Single Room.

Room Features
Balcony, Direct Garden Access, Furnished, Garden View, Step Free Access.

Room Facilities
Alarm, Balconet, Catch up TV, Freeview TV, Internet Access, Safe, Secure Access, Wifi.

Our Photos

We have friendly, approachable and caring staff who are fully trained. The team has long-standing experience in healthcare, especially in providing nursing care to dementia residents. We believe in investing in our staff and supporting them, so that our residents can receive a high level of care and support.

See our website for some examples of our long-lasting staff (https://swimbridgehouse.co.uk/...).

Our Team
Claire Atkinson
Claire Atkinson
Registered Manager

I care passionately about providing a homely environment where our residents flourish within an atmosphere of calm , kindness and affection. Our relatives feel part of the Swimbridge House family and our staff are valued , supported and encouraged to grow and develop and to be " Proud to care" at Swimbridge House!

Jacky Holland
Jacky Holland
Clinical Lead

Jacky returned to Swimbridge House in July 2020, following an 22 month absence during which she managed a residential home. Before that, Jack was Clinical Lead at Swimbridge House from January 2015 to November 2018. She has over 30 years experience in Nursing and Leading roles at several locations in Devon.

Tracy Williams
Tracy Williams
Managers Assistant

I joined Swimbridge house in 2017 and have worked in the care sector for the past 19 years predominantly for Devon county council- progressing from working as a carer, working as a team leader and then to assistant manager at Swimbridge house. I have a NVQ 2 and 3 in health and social care. I am committed to my role at Swimbridge and I am proud to be part of such a dedicated team

Reka Lukacs
Reka Lukacs

Swimbridge is a warm and friendly care home, where the staff aim to provide a "real home" for all of residents, personal comfort, safety and high standard of care. The staff are always smiling and helpful. About half of the staff have been working together for more than four years now. We support and motivates each other and also we learn from the experiences from others, forming a strong team.

Ashleigh Boden
Ashleigh Boden
Senior Health Care Assistant

I’ve worked at Swimbridge House for four years and I thank Swimbridge for enabling myself to grow in confidence and for providing me with the opportunity to further my education. I completed my health and social care NVQ Level 3 whilst working here and the management have been great with supporting me not only through education but also personally. We are a close network at Swimbridge, like a family, including the residents as well as my colleagues.

Nichola Hussell
Nichola Hussell
Personal Assistant

I’ve worked at Swimbridge House for just over three years now and it’s a friendly, happy place to be - for residents, their families and staff. Everyone pulls together as a team to make sure that the residents and their families get the help and support they need and deserve. Everyone has their role to play to make the home the place it is – warm, welcoming and caring.

Heidi Bowen
Heidi Bowen
Kitchen Assistant

I started working in Swimbridge House Nursing Home 3 years ago in the kitchen department as a kitchen assistant, where I met a team that offered me the necessary support. Accumulating work experience and management trust, I was offered the opportunity to train as a cook, and this is a course I am currently pursuing. I am proud of the company's trust in me to deliver my work.

Remus Hosu
Remus Hosu
Kitchen Assistant

I started working in Swimbridge House Nursing Home 3 years ago in the kitchen department as a kitchen assistant, where I met a team that offered me the necessary support. Accumulating work experience and management trust, I was offered the opportunity to train as a cook, and this is a course I am currently pursuing. I am proud of the company's trust in me to deliver my work

Weekly Fees Start From Fee
Residential Fees From / Price Per Week £846.00
Nursing Fees From / Price Per Week £1,030.00
Residential Dementia Fees From / Price Per Week £846.00
Nursing Dementia Fees From / Price Per Week £1,030.00
Respite Fees From / Price Per Week £850.00

Funding Types
Local Authority Devon
Region South West
We Accept Self-Funding Clients Yes
We Accept Local Authority Funding Yes
We Accept NHS Continuing Healthcare Yes
We Accept Third Party Top-Ups Yes

The Importance Of Meal Times

A varied, nutritional menu is prepared daily in our modern, well equipped kitchen. There are always choices of breakfast, lunch and tea to accommodate different tastes and personal preferences.

Special needs are catered for as required, including diabetic and vegetarian diets alongside traditional home cooking, with the best local, fresh vegetables and produce. For those that prefer, we can offer meals in the residents’ rooms at any chosen time.

We Serve Food At
Afternoon Tea, All day snacks, Breakfast, Lunch.

Dietary Options
Diabetic, Pureed, Vegetarian.

Our Photos

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Activities Are So Important

A wide range of activities is provided to help keep a healthy body and mind and we will support residents to retain their independence to enjoy current hobbies and even pursue new hobbies. The Home has Activity co-ordinators to ensure that activities on offer are tailored to suit the needs of the residents.

As well as a herb garden encouraging planting sessions, the Home has its own mini-van, meaning residents can enjoy days out to the local gardening centre and beaches.

Our Photos

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Activities At Home
1 to 1 Activities, Animal Petting, Bingo, Birthday Celebrations, Board Games, Card Games, Cooking, Crafts, Dancing, Excursions, Exercise Class, Flower Arranging, Gardening, Knitting / Embroidery, Music Entertainment, Music Therapy, Painting, Pet Therapy, Quiz Games, Religious Services, Reminiscence, Residents' Committee, Singing, Themed Events, Visiting Entertainment.

Activities Outside Our Home
Garden Centre, Local Tourist Attractions, Park, Shopping Centre.
Our Pets

We recognise the right of the individual resident to live the lifestyle of their choosing, subject to an appropriate Risk Assessment. It is the Policy of Swimbridge House Nursing Home that the only types of pet that will be permitted in the Home will be those that can be taken care of by the resident or their family and that cause no risk for the home, any other resident and the staff, all at the proprietors’ discretion.

Can You Bring Your Pet

How We Help With Your Pet

We Welcome
Birds, Cats, Dogs, Others (subject to review).

Welcombe Lane
North Devon
EX32 0QT

Regulator: CQC

Current Ratings
Overall Good
Safe Good
Well Led Good
Caring Good
Responsive Good
Effective Good
Inspection Reports
Last inspected 3rd January 2019
Last rated 29th January 2019

29th January 2019

23rd June 2016

20th July 2015

31st March 2015

Registration Date 20th August 2013
Bus Stop nearby, Car Park on-site.

Places of Worship
Anglican Church.

Nearby Services

Frequently asked questions about Swimbridge House Nursing Home

Swimbridge House Nursing Home was given an overall rating of "Good" by the CQC in January 2019.
Swimbridge House Nursing Home provides Nursing, Dementia, Respite and Residential care.
Swimbridge House Nursing Home has 44 rooms.
Prices for Swimbridge House Nursing Home start from £846.00 per week.
Swimbridge House Nursing Home comes under Devon.
Swimbridge House Nursing Home accepts Local Authority clients.
Swimbridge House Nursing Home accepts NHS Continuing Healthcare clients.
Claire Atkinson is the manager of Swimbridge House Nursing Home.

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