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Langdon House Care Home in Cambridge – CQC Outstanding, Dementia Care

Langdon House care home is now run by Athena Care Homes and can be contacted here

Langdon House Care Home, Cambridge

Langdon House in Cambridge is an established purpose-built residential care home for residents who are frail, elderly and may have a diagnosis of or are living with dementia. Situated in Chesterton on the north-eastern side of Cambridge, a mile from the city centre, it is a beautifully designed spacious home with attractive gardens. The home offers 24-hour residential care and is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to accommodate 51 older people, over the age of 65 years.

  • Rated Outstanding in Caring by CQC
  • 51 single rooms, all with en-suite facilities
  • The facilities include two ground floor dementia households dedicated to caring for and supporting residents living with dementia at an advanced level
  • All rooms are linked to a call system when staff assistance is required
  • The home is fully wheelchair accessible with a lift to the first floor
  • Bedrooms are close to shared living and dining rooms
  • All specialist bathrooms are equipped with adapted fittings for an improved bathing experience
  • All meals are cooked on the premises in our own kitchens in partnership with Apetito and have been awarded a five-star rating by Environmental Health

Other Cambridge Care Homes

CHS also runs Alex Wood House in Cambridge and three Housing With Care schemes in Cambridgeshire  – click here for more information about our different housing and care services

Our Values are at the heart of what we do


What our residents and families say about Langdon House Care Home

‘Thank you for the care and love you show mum, we see the trust and confidence she has in you’

‘When you showed us round Langdon House on our first visit and made us feel so at ease, we knew we had found the place where mum would be best cared for.  My sister even cried with relief.  Thank you for your care and compassion.’

Cambridge care home young care assistant holding hands and talking to older person

‘Our thanks to everyone at Langdon house who has looked after our Aunt for the last 5 years! You have always done an incredible job, and during the pandemic the care has continued to be amazing. You should be hugely proud of the work you all do’

“The level of care is excellent. I have a lovely room, it’s spacious with a picture window. I have my own furniture and it is very comfortable, it feels like home.”

‘My sister and I have lived here for almost five years and the level of care is excellent.  It feels like home and it’s my retreat.’

Life at Langdon House Care Home, Cambridge

Residents and their well-being are the central focus of our care homes. We offer high standards of care by trained and dedicated staff. Our staff aim to create for residents a comfortable and safe environment that feels like their own home and where friends and family are very welcome. Residents are treated as individuals with their own, very personal needs and are encouraged in personal fulfilment and independence and offered respect, dignity, privacy, equality and diversity. We evaluate the experience that our residents have, to constantly improve our service. We encourage residents  to be involved in the running of the home and to have as much choice as possible.

In the interests of transparency we have uploaded our licence agreement for your guidance; this is available if you follow this link.  The licence agreement sets out our terms and conditions of residency and is agreed by both parties at sign up.  This safeguards our residents during their stay with us.

Meal times

We work with Apetito’s team of in-house dieticians, nutritionists and food scientists to ensure all our meals not only taste great, but also deliver optimal nutritional value across a range of dietary requirements.

“I really look forward to mealtimes; there’s always lots of variety and I know I’m getting a healthy balanced meal” Langdon House resident

Care support

Nourish is an electronic care management platform that enables care teams to plan, record, report and coordinate care on the go allowing them more quality time to care and support our residents.

“Nourish allows me to log important resident information thoroughly and quickly, and so allows me more time to talk and interact with residents” Langdon House Day Care Assistant

How we support our staff, to support out residents

At CHS we believe that our staff are our biggest asset and so at Langdon House we support our staff in a number of ways so that they in turn can offer the best possible support to our residents.  This includes:

  • Competitive pay
  • Free DBS check
  • Comprehensive free training and development opportunities with paid time off
  • Free confidential employee assistant helpline
  • Excellent holiday entitlement

Frequently Asked Questions - Life at Langdon House

Can I bring my own furniture?

To add to the homeliness, residents are encouraged to bring their own furniture, pictures and other personal belongings to create familiar surroundings in their room.

Can I access my personal records and care plans?

All residents have the right to access their personal records and care plans, and it is important to us that they are involved in both the preparation and regular monitoring of their health and social care needs and plans.

Will I need to register with a new GP?

Residents may remain registered with their own General Practitioner if it is within the catchment area who will visit them in the home or residents can re-register with a doctor of their choice within the local catchment area. Nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other professionals from the local GP practice visit as needed. Nuffield Road Surgery offer a fortnightly ‘GP round’ with a named regular GP

Residents may need hospital treatment from time to time, and although Langdon House is not a nursing home, staff can care for residents even though their needs may change.

What happens if the care home can no longer meet my needs?

We try to offer a ‘home for life’, however, residents’ care needs may change significantly and if we are unable to meet these needs in a residential care home setting, a move to a nursing home may be required. A nursing assessment would be carried out by the District Nursing and/or the NHS continuing care team

Will you need to consult my family?

We will respect your wishes and with permission consult with your family, power of attorney or advocate, if possible, to complete this transition as smoothly as possible and to continually evaluate our service with you and your agreed representative.

What are the mealtime regimes?

Mealtimes are, of course, important and all meals are cooked on the premises in our own kitchens in partnership with Apetito with a varied and seasonal menu, and a choice of main options. , Supper is provided in the early evening. Light refreshments are available during the day in the living and dining rooms. Residents can help themselves to snacks and drinks and may also offer refreshments to their guests or ask care staff to help. All our Kitchens have been awarded a five-star rating by Environmental Health.

Can my friends and family visit?

Please refer to the most current Covid 19 visiting restrictions with the home.

What other additional services are available in a care home?

A hairdresser, chiropodist and optician visit on a regular basis and visits to a dentist can be arranged by the staff. Daily delivery of newspapers and magazines can be arranged all the above services incur a cost please contact the home for the current prices.  A weekly shopping facility is provided to residents within the home for small purchases of toiletries, chocolate and sweets.

What religious and cultural services are there?

Regular Church of England services are held weekly and visits from other denominations can be arranged. There are also opportunities to attend religious services of your choice outside the home. Every effort is made to ensure the specific needs of varying cultural backgrounds are met.

How much do care homes cost per week?

The cost of a care home depends on where you live, what type of care you need, your savings and if you own a property. Care homes fees are inclusive of accommodation, laundry, meals, heating as well as other utility costs. 

Registered Care is means tested by the Government, meaning most people who decide to live in a residential care home have to pay a contribution towards the cost of this care.

When visiting the Care Home, the Manager will be able to discuss the charges. If you have personal assets of over £23,250 then you will be required to fund at least some of your care. If you own your own home this asset will be taken into account unless a partner continues to live in it. If your assets fall below the £23,250 threshold, help with fees is available from your local Social Services Department.

Before residents can get help to pay the charges of a care home, a care need assessment and a financial assessment will be completed by the local authority to agree the type of care that is required, and your eligibility for local authority funding. Further information on fees can be found at:

For those funding their own care a full comprehensive needs assessment will be completed by the Management team to ensure we are able to meet your needs and once assessed we will be able to agree the fee

Do dementia patients pay for care homes?

Yes – specialist care, such as dementia care, will normally charge a higher fee. 

What are the alternatives to care homes?

The alternatives to care homes include sheltered housing accommodation which is specially designed for older people to allow them to live independently. All properties have their own front door, kitchen, and bathroom. Sheltered housing is usually available to people over the age of 55 and normally has a call answering system installed for reassurance. 
Extra care is sometimes known as ‘housing with care’, ‘very sheltered housing’, ‘assisted living’ .   Residents live in self-contained flats, but care staff are available to help with getting in and out of bed, washing and dressing. Can help with cleaning or provide meals. Care staff are based onsite and are typically available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Rent is payable for the accommodation and these other services are chargeable.

What types of care are there?

There are many different types of care available

  • Local community services care  which is care delivered in your own home within the community 
  • Live-in care  –  qualified carers living with you in your own hometo keep you comfortable and independent at home supporting you with your specific needs  
  • Residential care  –  offers someone the perfect way to give someone as much of their independence back by giving added security of 24 hour care and support in a care home setting
  • Extra Care or Assisted Living  independent accommodation with care and support with care staff based on site and available 24 hours a day if required. 
  • Dementia or Alzheimer’s care – specialised care provided by specialist carers in the preferred setting
  • Respitecare – short term care provided by carers at home or in a residential setting
How do I choose a care home for dementia and what questions should I ask?

When choosing a care home for someone living with dementia it is important that you choose a care home that specialise in supporting people with dementia and highlight this on their website and marketing materials. However, when you visit a care home to see if it is suitable, whether it says it specialises in dementia or not, it is best to ask a few questions. Questions you ask may include:

  • How many carers have had training in dementia care, at what level, and do they have certificates?
  • Can you talk to a couple of the carers who have dementia care experience?
  • Can you talk to other families who have a relative who has dementia in the care home to hear about their experience?

By asking these questions and talking to people it should give you an indication of the care homes standards of dementia care. 

Make sure to check each care home’s Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection report 

What is the difference between a care home and a residential home?

There is no difference between care homes and a residential home. Residential homes are generally used when a person becomes highly dependent on others for assistance with personal care and general daily tasks. Residential care homes are frequently termed as care homes. 

How will I be treated?

We offer high standards of care by trained and dedicated staff. Our teams aim to create for residents a comfortable and safe environment that feels like their own home and where friends and family are very welcome.

Residents are treated as individuals with their own, unique needs. They are encouraged to remain independent, keep up with hobbies and interests and make new friends. CHS evaluate the experience that our residents have, to constantly improve our service.

What is our Philosophy of Care?

Residents and their well-being are the ‘heart of what we do’ and the central focus of our care homes.

Join our team

We’re always on the look out for dedicated, qualified staff who care about delivering the best service possible for our customers. You can be part of a fantastic community that aims to challenge and develop its staff.

How to find Langdon House

20 Union Lane
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We have retained our overall rating of Good at this year’s CQC inspection. The inspector has rated us Outstanding in Caring, which we are very proud of.

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