Swimbridge House Nursing Home

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Welcombe Lane
North Devon
EX32 0QT


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Care Type Care Home
Care Category Residential | Nursing | Dementia | Respite
Availability Yes
Weekly Prices From £1,040.00
Regulator's Rating Good
Meet The Manager

Martine Butler is Registered Manager at Swimbridge House Nursing Home.

Martine is a qualified nurse with over 30 years’ experience of working within the Health and Social care sectors. Prior to joining Swimbridge House she worked as a senior regulatory inspector, quality and compliance manager, and care home manager within the independent sector and with Devon County Council, and most recently as Nurse Educator and Safeguarding Lead. Martine’s skills and experiences have equipped her with a strong commitment to continuous quality improvement, a process that she aims will become synonymous with the reputation of Swimbridge House.

Martine Butler

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.

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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.
Nursing Specialisms Cancer, Heart Disease, Liver Disease, Lung Disease, Motor Neurone Disease (MND), Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy (MD), Pain Management, Parkinson's Disease, Stroke.
Type Of Dementia Mild Dementia, Moderate Dementia.
Dementia Behaviour Agitation / Restlessness, Disrupted Sleep Patterns, Mild Forgetfulness, Wandering .
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.

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.

Family Portal

Yes, our care home has provides families with a family portal. Find out more about Family Portals.

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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.

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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.

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Weekly Fees Start From Fee
Residential Fees From / Price Per Week £1,040.00
Nursing Fees From / Price Per Week £1,260.00
Residential Dementia Fees From / Price Per Week £1,040.00
Nursing Dementia Fees From / Price Per Week £1,260.00
Respite Fees From / Price Per Week £1,200.00

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 Local Authority funding with a Third Party Top-Up Yes

Choice Dining Logo

Choice Dining is a food-focused accreditation designed to give care-seekers like yourself the ability to consider and compare the dining experience within different care settings.

To be awarded the Choice Dining badge, a care home will have committed to delivering exceptional dining experiences with a strong focus on preference, individuality, hygiene and the environment. You can explore the specifics of all participating homes in the tab below to learn more about the food on offer, how it is served and presented and what they’re doing to cater for your personal taste. Find out more about Choice Dining.

Styles of Food Pink tick icon Pureed Pink tick icon Vegan Pink tick icon Vegetarian
Dining Locations Pink tick icon Bedroom Dining Pink tick icon Lounge/Diner
Dining Styles Pink tick icon Hot Trolley Pink tick icon Room Service
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The preparation, nutritional value and presentation of food.

Pink tick icon Attractive drinks and adaptive cups/glasses are available and accessible where needed.

Pink tick icon Individual dietary needs are person centred.

Pink tick icon Meals reflect the nutritional needs of the residents.

Pink tick icon Our menu is balanced.

Pink tick icon Snacks are provided for residents that require texture-modified food.

Pink tick icon Sweet and savoury foods are provided between meals (this does not just include cakes and biscuits).

Pink tick icon Hot Trolley

Pink tick icon Room Service

A critical component for good health.

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Pink tick icon 5 Star Rated by UK Food Standards.

Pink tick icon Hand hygiene for both residents and staff.

Pink tick icon We are following best practice including NICE guidelines as a standard.

Pink tick icon We are conducting internal and/or 3rd party food safety audits.

Pink tick icon We have allergen management policies in place.

A freedom to eat the food you want, when you want it.

Pink tick icon A Private Dining room is bookable for residents and their families.

Pink tick icon Families are invited for meals [Covid permitting].

Pink tick icon Residents dining in their own room have the same food options as elsewhere.

Pink tick icon Residents dining in their own room have their food presented to same standard as elsewhere.

Pink tick icon Residents have access to Dining Room.

Pink tick icon Residents have the option of dining in their own room.

Pink tick icon Staff also dine themselves with the residents they support.

Pink tick icon Staff sit with the residents they support when they dine.

Pink tick icon Residents can order food not on the menu, or have access to an ‘evergreen menu’.

Pink tick icon Residents have access to a flexible meal service beyond defined times.

Pink tick icon More than one option is available at mealtimes for all residents, including those with special and theraputic diets.

Pink tick icon Residents with dementia are shown food or visual menus to help them decide.

Pink tick icon There is a weekly menu.

Pink tick icon We offer catering for special events.

Pink tick icon Residents are involved in the creation of the menu.

Pink tick icon The best interest choices are made for residents unable to make their own choices.

Understanding the wants and requirements of every individual be it cultural, religious or dietary.

Pink tick icon Vegan food can be served.

Pink tick icon Vegetarian food can be served.

Pink tick icon We can support people with Diabetes.

Delivering a respectful and quality service.

Pink tick icon Residents are given appropriate and dignified crockery / glassware and cutlery.

Pink tick icon Staff are hospitality trained to present / serve meals.

Pink tick icon Tables are well laid.

Pink tick icon We have food theme days/nights.

Pink tick icon Staff understand and pre-empt potential meal-time behaviours which can impact nutritional intake.

Pink tick icon Staff always use appropriate and dignified language (e.g. it is an ‘apron’ not a ‘bib’).

Pink tick icon We promote an inclusive dining experience.

Pink tick icon There are no unnecessary disruptions during mealtimes.

Being environmentally and socially responsible and thoughtful.

Pink tick icon We correctly dispose of our waste.

Pink tick icon We have a waste management system.

Pink tick icon We monitor our food waste.

Pink tick icon We grow some food and/or ingredients on site.

Pink tick icon We use locally sourced and locally grown or reared food.

Pink tick icon Our energy usage is well maintained.

Pink tick icon We are actively reducing food mileage.

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, for example at the local gardening centre or even at the beach.

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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
Current Report

Swimbridge House Nursing Home Care Home - Care Quality Commission (cqc.org.uk)

Historic Reports

Swimbridge House Nursing Home Care Home - Care Quality Commission (cqc.org.uk)

Registration Date 20th August 2013
Service Provider Vaneal Ltd, EX32 0QT
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 Residential, Nursing, Dementia and Respite care.
Swimbridge House Nursing Home has 44 rooms.
Prices for Swimbridge House Nursing Home start from £1,040.00 per week.
Yes. Swimbridge House Nursing Home does offer Residential care.
Yes. Swimbridge House Nursing Home does offer Respite care.
Yes. Swimbridge House Nursing Home does provide care for people with Dementia.
Swimbridge House Nursing Home comes under Devon.
Swimbridge House Nursing Home accepts Local Authority clients.
Swimbridge House Nursing Home accepts NHS Continuing Healthcare clients.
Martine Butler is the manager of Swimbridge House Nursing Home.

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