Guidance and Advice on Admissions to Berkley Care Group Homes

Dear Relative and Friends

Please see below our guidance on admissions and visiting a Berkley Group Care and Nursing home.

The safety of our residents and staff is always our priority, newly admitted residents to our homes who are transferring from other care homes or service providers will no longer need to self-isolate upon arrival. Our new residents can be admitted, and we encourage all to be fully vaccinated.

New residents joining a Berkley Care home:

To protect our current residents and staff, new residents are encouraged to be part of our on-going programme, consisting of a PCR test before admission (within 72 hours), a PCR test on the day of admission (day 0) and a further PCR test 7 days following admission (day 7). Additionally, a daily rapid lateral flow testing until the day 7 PCR result has been received.

Admissions from hospital

New residents discharged from hospital following an admission will be individually risk assessed and our team at the home will have a tailored Well-Being programme in place to ensure our new resident feels completely at home during this time. Visitors are welcome each day, an LTD will be required before each home visit.

The regular PCR and LFT stays in place for additional protection to all. There are no changes to PPE to be worn inside and we will continue to supply PPE on external trips out with family members and resident’s friends.

Visiting Residents

Each resident can have named visitors, we are continuing to offer our online visiting calendar for family members to book their visits.

Our visitors will be tested using rapid lateral flow tests on the day of every visit and produce a negative COVID test prior to their visit, either prior to arriving on site and registering their result (Government website) or upon arrival at our homes.

Every care home resident can choose to nominate an essential care giver who may visit the home to attend to essential care needs, please discuss this with our Home Managers for full guidance.

Care home professionals, contractors and other visitors will be required to show a vaccine passport via the NHS.

All staff at our homes can give evidence of a full vaccination passport and encourage anyone visiting to continue the Covid vaccine and flu programme. All staff have a weekly PCR test and LFD twice a week, residents take a monthly PCR test.

For more detail please visit Guidance on care home visiting - GOV.UK (

I would like to thank you for all the support you have given during this time and look forward to seeing you in our homes.

Any queries please do contact me.

Kind regards

Louise Atherton
Clinical Governance and Training Manager

Spades Ready, Plan, Plant and Protect with Shinfield View!

Next year will mark 70 years since HM The Queen came to the throne.  Plans are in place for celebrations to mark her Platinum Jubilee.

As part of the celebrations, HRH The Prince of Wales has devised a project called The Queen’s Green Canopy, which is designed to leave a legacy in memory of his mother’s reign for many generations to come.

The idea is for people, both individuals and organisations, to plant as many trees as possible around the country during the tree-planting seasons that run from October 2021 through to March 2022, and again from October 2022 to the end of next year.

The Berkley Care Group are joining in, and they have made a start!

Shinfield View care home has begun planting new trees this week with the local nursery Honey Suckle day nursery and the local schools in the village Shinfield infants and St Mary’s. Jodie Whatmore, General Manager and Laura McSoley, Events Manager of Shinfield View said it's really great being able to get out in the local community and join forces for such a special occasion.

The project that we are working towards is planting as many new trees in our community this October to be able to revisit and see how much they have grown next year for the Queen's Jubilee. We could not have done this without the kind donations from the charity freely fruity who have given us baby apple trees to plant so we haven’t just got new trees into the community but also fruit which is amazing. Big thank you to one of the co-founders of this charity Matthew Knight who came along to help dig the holes and a huge thank you to all the children who got involved and rolled up their sleeves to dig and get them in the ground last week.

This initiative will not only celebrate the Queen’s long reign but also have a positive impact on the environment and help to counter the damaging effects of climate change.

New admissions for permanent moves and respite stays at a Berkley Care Group home.

Important information on isolation and COVID testing

Our homes are still accepting new admissions but with a few extra measures to keep everyone safe. All new residents joining us are asked to take a Polymerase Chain Reaction test (PCR) Covid test prior to admission.

We will be happy for a team member to visit your home to do the test, the resident will need to self-isolate at home for 3 days prior to admission. If the resident lives outside of the area we can assist you by arranging a Covid test either through your GP, or posting one out to you if you feel confident to undertake the test,  If the new resident is in a support bubble with other family members or a friend, we can offer a test for those individuals.

Please ring and email the homes General Manager with your test results.

On admission day we would carry out a Lateral Flow Device Test (LFD) and the resident will be introduced to our team for a 1 to 1 Well Being Programme for 11 days. During this time this ensures new residents do not feel isolated and includes daily Skype calls and phone calls with family and friends. A named key worker or nurse will be assigned to our new resident joining us and will continue to enhance the care planning.

Our homes General and Deputy Manager will also spend time with you during this time.

During this time, we will retest (LFT and PCR) with negative results you will be able to enjoy the company of a nominated family member or friend after day 10

Day 11

As part of our Well Being Programme, our new resident can enjoy Afternoon Tea, Cocktails and Nibbles or Cheese and Wine with fellow residents and make new friends around the home.

If you have any questions, please email the Home Manager or Louise Atherton Clinical Governance Manager -

We look forward to welcoming you to a Berkley Care Home.

A Home Away from Home

Berkley Care Group is a collection of all-inclusive, 5-star hotels offering care to the elderly.

Comprising seven homes dotted around the South East, South West and Midlands, the multi-award-winning Berkley Care Group is rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.

People who are entering their later years in the 21st century have led sophisticated and cultured lives, having enjoyed their adulthood in prosperous post-war Britain. They have worked hard, raised families and we firmly believe in indulging their broad and fascinating range of hobbies and tastes to the fullest extent, especially during these challenging times. Our residents come here to have a quality of life and to be happy and we take great pleasure in facilitating this.

This is where our superb, carefully chosen events managers come in. Tasked with planning a huge variety of events and activities, we want our residents to enjoy themselves. In more normal times, we encourage family members and the local community to join in too. From a casino night to wine tasting and from comedians to live music, even belly dancing, life begins when our warm and happy homes.

Our homes are all-inclusive. Within the weekly fee in a Berkley Care Group care home is everything residents would expect such as food, washing, care and comfortable surroundings, but also a whole lot more.

The jewel in the crown for foodies is the fine dining rooms in each of our homes, all offering sophisticated menus created by our expert chefs, complete with fine wine. During more normal times, our residents are welcome to invite their families and friends for supper or lunch, a birthday or other celebration, or simply because they feel like it. After all, who needs a reason to spend quality time with loved ones? When we say that we want our residents to treat this as their home, we mean it. Having space to invite friends around makes visiting hours inevitably longer, more relaxed and enjoyable. Once again, all-inclusive means just that – all of this is included in the fee.

In more ordinary times, residents like to take the chauffeur-driven car out, have spa treatments, visit the cinema, the gym*, enjoy an evening event and they do not have to worry about an extra penny.

Presently, our residents are making the most of a whole range of activities despite the pandemic. They can take classes in art, baking, fitness; whatever takes their fancy. Many prefer to play croquet on the lawn or sit in our bar bistro area by the fire with a book, enjoying the beautiful surroundings with a pot of tea and a cake.

For residents to be able to enjoy everything on offer to them in one of our homes, we ensure that they have access and help to be able to take part and utilise the home as much as possible. After all, all the fabulous facilities in the world are no good if they can't use them. This is exactly why we make sure that there is always somebody on hand to help.

Residents in our homes don't ever have to worry about 'being a burden’ with tired, overworked staff stretched between too many tasks – they want relaxed company and someone who has the time to spend chatting, gardening or simply watching the world, so that’s exactly what we offer.

We have invested just under half a million pounds in ski chalet-style lodges to facilitate COVID secure visits from family members. Each lodge boasts a sumptuous sitting room divided in half by glass for the ultimate protection against the virus. Families and residents can enjoy a glass of bubbly and a cream tea and take in those precious moments together. Following each visit, the lodge disinfects itself ready for the next visit.

Furthermore, residents all have access to iPads to call their family members and friends whenever they feel like a chat and our carers are on hand to help where necessary. We have had many Zoom birthday parties over recent months!

When the pandemic is over, we will be reopening our homes to non-residents for them to enjoy all the benefits of our exclusive facilities for a short period of time. Carers can use our homes as a safe and happy alternative when they are unable to be present; the home provides variety and social interaction for those who spend much of their time alone; a day at one of our homes is an ideal way of experiencing a taste of what we have to offer prior to moving in permanently.

Those who choose to come to us for daycare can begin their morning by being collected in a chauffeur-driven limousine or minibus, take breakfast, lunch and dinner, participate in the enjoyment of any of the activities, enjoy the free bar and events, and use of all the home’s facilities. At the end of the day, our chauffeur will ensure residents have a relaxing drive back to their own home. What could be better?

The term ‘luxury’ is often used to describe care homes, and in many cases, it’s misused. We were one of the first operators in the UK to offer such a high standard of fit and finish in our homes, and now, we are pushing the boundaries even further. Our designers scour the UK for inspirational designs; our homes feature bespoke artwork, including from SCARLETT RAVEN, with some pieces including augmented reality to add depth to the experience. . Visit our gallery of the homes’ interiors to see how and where we are bringing hotel-standard interior design into care homes.

Berkley Care Group comprises seven luxury 5* hotels offering care to the elderly: Cumnor Hill House (Oxford), Shinfield View (Berkshire), Leycester House (Warwickshire), Portobello Place (Buckinghamshire), Groveland Park (Kent) and the newly opened Badminton Place (Bristol).

For more information, please telephone us on +44 (0)1926 357210

Berkley Care Group Luxury Care Homes

We launch a £10m 'all-inclusive' care home in Bristol

Badminton Place, our £10m development in Bristol is set to open its doors on the 1st September 2020 and will employ 100 staff.

Our newest care home will provide residential, nursing, day, dementia and respite care for up to 73 residents.

Spread over three floors, all bedrooms in Badminton Place will come with en-suite bathrooms. The home will include a gym, cinema room, spa, hair salon and terrace overlooking landscaped gardens.

Badminton Place will also boast a palatial bistro and bar area where residents can mix with guests and fellow residents.

The home will boast a luxurious private dining room where residents can host friends and family members for dinner as part of the all-inclusive care.

The home will boast its own artist in residence.

Our award-winning group of care homes, which are known for their all-inclusive care offering and paying staff above the Living Wage, boasts four Outstanding rated care homes.

Visit the Badminton Place website here.