Our concept of care is to provide an environment & lifestyle that is as close to our clients’ own home as possible.
Set in its own grounds in the lovely Devon town of Ashburton, in the shadow of St Andrews Church, our residential care home is near (80 metres) the busy town centre. This promotes an active lifestyle for residents seeking extra services from the now thriving hub that Ashburton has recently become. This ancient Devon Stannary Town lies on the southern slopes of Dartmoor in the heart of the South Devon countryside. Easily accessible via the M5 and A38, it is situated roughly halfway between Plymouth and Exeter.
We try to be as ‘un-institutionalised’ as we can, our staff do not wear ‘traditional’ uniforms and the tempo and fabric of life at St. Andrews is as relaxed and informal as possible.
We provide residential care and are not a nursing home. However, we do endeavour and indeed nearly always succeed in helping clients to remain with us through to the end of their lives – if they so wish – rather than moving them along into nursing care should it become necessary.
We are occasionally able to offer respite care for clients – should we have an available room as well as our Day Care Service and this has proved to be a successful entry path for several of our residents who are able to get to know us before moving in on a more permanent basis.
We are registered to take clients with dementia on a mild to moderate basis and have several years’ experience in managing the associated needs that dementia brings. Our staff are well trained in the care of clients with dementia and although we do not operate as a secure unit with a locked door policy, we do have large amounts of equipment and electronic alarms which ensures we can offer a very high degree of security. We find this enables us to offer a safe home for clients with dementia problems without totally restricting their and our other residents’ personal freedom.
History of St Andrews House
St Andrews House invited our first client into residence in 1987. This was only possible after a substantial renovation from dilapidated former Vicarage into a fully functioning care home. Our original registration was for 11 people and we had a small care team to assist Rosemary, Jeremy and Duncan Christophers in establishing the home.
St Andrews House was one of five care homes, which operated in the area in the 1990s. We are now the only care home in Ashburton.
Sally Rhodes joined the team soon after the completion of our first extension, which increased our capacity to 24 residents. She worked tirelessly to achieve the best possible standards in care. She retired in 2017 and we will always be grateful for her long service and commitment to St Andrews.
A huge part of our history involved Duncan Christophers, who sadly passed away suddenly in 2012. His vision for St Andrews still has an impact today and our recently improved facilities would not have been possible without him.