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Shaftesbury House Residential Care Home in Suffolk

5 Cowper Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 5JD
Residential Care
Dementia care
Respite care

Located next door to St John’s Church, our care home is tucked away in a residential area of Ipswich. There are many of the town’s stunning attractions including the marina, art galleries, theatre and restaurants just a short drive from the home.

Our residents are extremely proud of the vibrant community in which they live, with many ‘born and raised’ in Ipswich and Suffolk, so we do all that we can to support them to stay connected to the local area. Not only do we enjoy regular day trips in and around the town, but we also open our doors for celebratory events.

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Safe admissions into our care homes include the option for new residents to self-isolate in their own home before joining us.

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Our home has a pre-bookable designated visiting space to enable families to visit their loved ones safely. Please contact our home directly to pre-book.

Active members of the community

Throughout the year, we invite friends, families and even neighbours from across Ipswich and wide Suffolk area to join us for all sorts of care home celebrations. From summer fetes to Christmas fayres, scrumptious afternoon teas to annual awareness day celebrations and Care Home Open Day. For our last Silver Sunday celebration, we hosted a tea party with a rock n’ roll twist. We dusted off our leather jackets, a-line skirts and spent the afternoon singing and dancing to music from the 1950s and 1960s.

Our community events are the perfect way to support our residents to meet new friends. Those receiving residential care often comment on how their social life has never been so busy. And that’s the way we like it!

The team delivers an engaging activities plan, shaped by the passions and favoured pastimes of our wonderful residents. Some days you might see us enjoying a spot of animal therapy, while the next we could be baking. Some of our residents love to spend time singing, which can be wonderful for bringing back happy memories, particularly for those living with dementia. 

Pre-bookable respite care

Shaftesbury House offers short-term pre-bookable respite care breaks for families in and around Ipswich and Suffolk, giving people who care for a loved one in their own home the chance to take a well-deserved break.

Call Shaftesbury House today to book pre-book respite care.

Ready For Respite? Pre-bookable stays this summer. Call our Enquiry Support Team on 0800 917 0478 to enquire about respite care today.

Pricing information

It is usual for residents in care homes to contribute to the cost of their own care. Some people have the resources to pay for their care in full, whilst others make means-tested contributions. Our weekly fees are individual to each of our residents and are subject to a pre-admission assessment, which is required to truly understand the level of care and support needed. Our 2021 weekly care fees for residential care start from £839 but may be in the region of 20% more*, dependent on your care needs and the type of bedroom that is right for you, from our standard rooms through to our premium bedroom options. *If you require more specialist care such as 1-2-1 support your weekly fee could be higher.

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Facilities at this home


  • Dining room
  • Ensuite
  • Lounges
  • Wheelchair accessible garden
  • Wifi


  • Arts and crafts
  • Bingo
  • Community events
  • Day trips
  • Movies
  • Singing

Care and support

  • Chiropody
  • Hairdressing
  • Home cooked meals
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Respite Care

Stories from the home

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COVID-19 Emergency Support Framework

Review our latest CQC engagement and support call framework information sheet (PDF 337KB) for Shaftesbury House.

Take a tour

Watch our virtual tour to find out more about our home and the care we provide at Shaftesbury House. Read our virtual tour transcript (PDF 328KB).

Shaftesbury House residents playing corridor bingo

Anyone for corridor Bingo?

Social distancing isn’t stopping our residents enjoying a game or two of bingo – we’ve just moved it into the corridors.

Chef at Shaftesbury House

Meet our Chef Manager Colette Carr

Colette showcased her culinary skills and served up dishes to be proud of in the Sanctuary Care Masterchef 2019 competition.

Bedroom at Shaftesbury House

Spacious bedrooms to call home

Our bedrooms are bright, airy and are a beautiful place to unwind. Loved ones often compliment on the size of the rooms.

A staff and resident dancing

Five stars reviews from loved ones

“Right from the minute Dad walked through the door he was made extremely welcome, safe and comfortable”
Daughter of resident

Dining Room at Shaftesbury House

Dining is the highlight of the day

Our welcoming and relaxing dining rooms are the perfect home-from-home setting for our nutritious and wholesome mealtimes.

Care staff

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We are welcoming new residents safely

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