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A bench in the front garden at Shaftesbury House Residential Care Home.
The lounge at Shaftesbury House Residential Care Home with comfy chairs, book shelves and large window.
A dual aspect country-style bedroom at Shaftesbury House Residential Care Home.
The dining room at Shaftesbury House Residential Care Home with flowers, dresser and chequered table cloth.
A collection of thimbles.
An old box camera in the activity station.

Shaftesbury House Residential Care Home in Suffolk

5 Cowper Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 5JD
Dementia care, Residential care, Respite care
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Located next door to St John’s Church, our care home is tucked away in a residential area of Ipswich. A short drive from the home are many of the town’s stunning attractions, including the marina, art galleries, theatre and restaurants.

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, we also open our doors for celebratory events.

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 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. 

An Ipswich team that truly cares

Our dedicated team provides high-quality residential care, residential dementia care and respite care with kindness and genuine compassion. It’s something we pride ourselves on and it hasn’t gone unnoticed by our residents and their loved ones, many of whom have left heart-warming reviews on Carehome.co.uk, and independent reviews website. Extracts include:

 “The carers are very helpful and welcoming. When I visit nothing is too much trouble… I would highly recommend Shaftesbury house to anyone who is looking for a warm and welcoming home from home.”


“My father recently stayed at Shaftesbury House in Ipswich for respite care, and from the moment he arrived, he felt at home. He loved his stay there, all the staff are so friendly and helpful, there is a lovely homely atmosphere. The food is excellent and the care exceptional.”

Pre-bookable respite care

Taking a break from caring for a loved one can be daunting. With short-term respite care at Sherwood Forest, you can rest assured your relative is in safe hands. Please call 01473 271987 for more information. (Minimum one week stay).

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

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If you would like more information about our care home or have any questions, please feel free to contact us either via the yellow ‘view phone number’ button above or the yellow ‘contact us’ button below.

We would be delighted to offer you advice or arrange an informal visit to our care home so you can meet our residents and team and see first-hand the excellent services and facilities we have to offer.

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