What are care homes like?

RCH has ten care homes located in the east and south-east of England in the counties of Essex, Kent, Bedfordshire, and Cambridgeshire.

We are focused on providing care homes where our residents feel safe, happy and content in their surroundings. Whilst a large part of this is down to our wonderful care home teams, our care home environments themselves also play an important role.

Across our care homes, you will find a variety of different spaces, all designed with our residents’ wellbeing at their heart. Our décor and soft furnishings are carefully selected to create beautiful areas for residents to enjoy spending their days doing the things they love.

Our care home buildings

The majority of our care homes are located in purpose-built buildings and have been carefully designed to create warm and welcoming communities for the individuals we have living with us.

All of the homes are wheelchair accessible and have secure lifts. These enable residents to visit different areas of the home if they want to take part in an activity in a separate suite or be pampered in the in-house hair salons for example.

Communal spaces

Open plan lounges/diners and conservatories provide the ideal space to socialise and make new friends. They’re often where you find our daily group activities happening, and also where you can find us during our themed events with members of our local communities who have popped in to enjoy a range of entertainment and activities.

Our smaller communal spaces such as sensory rooms, cinema rooms, libraries, pubs, and cafés are ideal areas for those residents who enjoy spending time away from the hustle and bustle. They provide the perfect place to chat with visitors, sit back and watch the wildlife in the gardens, relax with a good book or enjoy a game of dominos or cards with a friend.

Find out more about our activities here.

Care home gardens

With a variety of wheelchair accessible, secure gardens across our care homes, our residents have some wonderful places to enjoy the great outdoors come rain or shine!

Paved patios areas, complete with garden furniture, provide the perfect places to enjoy afternoon tea with home-baked cakes on a warm day.

During the summer months, our gardens become a hive of activity with green-fingered residents tending to the flowers and vegetable gardens, whilst others prefer to take a stroll or sit and relax in the shade.


Whilst all of our bedrooms come fully-furnished, residents are encouraged to personalise their rooms with photographs, pictures, ornaments, and small items of furniture so they are surrounded by their belongings that bring them joy and they like to have close at hand.

The majority of our spacious bedrooms come with an en-suite toilet, sink, and shower or toilet and sink — giving residents the choice of using facilities in their own room rather than the accessible shower rooms or bathrooms if they prefer.

Many bedrooms also feature television and telephone points, enabling residents to watch their favourite programmes in the comfort of their room or chat to a friend or family member on their private telephone.

What happens next?

We understand you might be unsure about what to do next, uncertain about your options and where to go from here. The care sector can be confusing to navigate and, combined with a wide range of different emotions and pressure to find a solution, it can be difficult to know where to turn.

This is why we pride ourselves on being there to provide help and support to residents as well as their families, friends, and advocates.

Contact a member of our team at your local care home, which you can find details about on our search here, and we can have a chat about your personal circumstances and what options you have.

We’re here to help.