Gloucestershire charity, Lilian Faithfull Care, has been looking after elderly people in the county for more than 75 years, providing expert residential, nursing, palliative and dementia care, as well as independent living.
The charity is proud to put people before profits, providing a home for life for its residents - and with six beautiful care homes across the county, SoGlos rounds up just some of the wonderful things about each of them in this hot list.
Bay Tree Court in Prestbury
Bay Tree Court has recently become part of the Lilian Faithfull Care family, with the home being at the heart of the local community tucked away just off Prestbury High Street. There are lovely pubs and cafés right on the doorstep, as well as four main bus routes passing the home to take residents and their families into Cheltenham.
The purpose-built residential home has 59 fully accessible rooms, with spacious communal areas, cosy coffee lounges, a library, conservatory, hair salon and private gardens, as well as an enclosed courtyard at the centre of the home which is an ideal alfresco dining spot in summer.
Astell House in Cheltenham
Providing a peaceful location that's still in close proximity to the centre of Cheltenham, Astell House benefits from the best of both worlds – but it's the spectacular red brick building that really makes this home stand out.
With a stunning exterior and an interior that's bursting with period charm, the characterful home has 36 accessible rooms and plenty of lovely communal spaces. At the heart of the home is a spacious, architect-designed conservatory looking out onto its utterly gorgeous gardens, complete with colourful flowers, a water feature and even a greenhouse for residents who enjoy a spot of gardening.
Faithfull House in Cheltenham
Located within a stunning Regency building in the heart of The Suffolks, in walking distance of Montpellier, Faithfull House is a spectacular place to live. The building itself boasts beautifully restored period features throughout as well as modern facilities, with a vibrant community of 72 residents. It also has several double rooms allowing couples to live together.
Residents at Faithfull House enjoy private gardens, a busy activity programme, a library and even a hair salon all on-site. As well as offering residential care, Faithfull House also has a specialist dementia care suite with its own tranquil lounge, dining rooms and accommodation with lovely views over Suffolk Square, as well as a team of experienced staff who have been commended by the Care Quality Commission for their knowledge and care.
Resthaven in Stroud
Offering residents panoramic views of the Cotswold countryside and gorgeous grounds that are regularly visited by birds, butterflies and even deer, it's easy to see why life at Resthaven in Stroud is blissful. Its idyllic location near the Painswick Valley provides a calm and relaxing setting, with the extensive grounds giving residents a chance to soak in the stunning views and natural beauty all around.
The home itself offers both residential and nursing care, with 41 fully accessible rooms as well as an activity suite, a hair salon and fleet of vehicles so residents can pop into Stroud and the surrounding areas for day trips, too.
St Faith's in Cheltenham
Providing exceptional, individually assessed nursing care for up to 59 residents, St Faith's in Cheltenham is a fully accessible home that's ideal for elderly people with additional needs. It benefits from a full-time activity co-ordinator and dementia care, as well as lovely gardens where residents can enjoy the outdoors safely.
St Faith's is also home to The Fairhaven Suite, which is Lilian Faithfull Care's dedicated end-of-life care facility. Separate from the main building to provide a calm, tranquil environment, the suite offers palliative care in nine spacious and fully adapted suites, with space for family and friends to be close by, too. Fairhaven can also arrange bespoke activities and trips so families can enjoy making memories with their loved ones, knowing they've got the care they need.
Royal Court in Cheltenham
Unlike Lilian Faithfull Care's other homes, residents at Royal Court have their very own self-contained apartments, with 24-hour support available and a dementia care suite also on-site.
It benefits from a quiet location on the outskirts of Cheltenham with a bus stop directly opposite for heading into town. It also has a communal conservatory, lounge and dining room ideal for socialising with neighbours; a team of activity and wellbeing co-ordinators providing plenty of fun things to do; a hair salon; and specialist care for residents with dementia or bariatric needs.