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Wantage Nursing Home in Oxfordshire

Garston Lane, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 7AR
Dementia care
Nursing care
Palliative care
Residential care

Our nursing home is located in the beautiful market town of Wantage. A 5-minute walk from the heart of the town in the Vale of White Horse area, the home is a short drive from Oxford.

Enriching lives through activities

The team organises person-centred activities for our residents, who receive nursing care, dementia care and palliative care. We also support them to remain active members of their wonderful community in Wantage and wider Oxfordshire area.

Starting with celebratory events, we look for any excuse to throw open the doors to our nursing home, from the summer fetes with stalls galore to Christmas bazaars with mince pies and mulled wine. Then there are cake bakes and even a virtual summer cruise. Last year, friends and family joined us for a themed celebration, exploring the traditions and flavours of countries all over the world in the comfort of the nursing home. Residents tried to master the hula dance in Hawaii, sampled tapas in Spain and ‘sailed’ back to Blighty for some traditional fish and chips and a good old sing-a-long.

Other visitors to the home have included Alpacas! Some of our residents like to take part in gentle armchair exercises, sow seeds in our gardening club and sing along to live musical entertainment. Visits from local primary school children, who often sing for us or take part in our Movement to Music classes are without a doubt a real highlight. Children from our local scouts' group also regularly visit for a game of bingo.

Other community links include visits from the home’s volunteers and local church groups.

As well as homely comforts, Wantage has a bright and airy conservatory and relaxed dining areas. There is a large activities room, which acts as a hub of the home. The gardens are beautifully bright with raised flower beds, which make it easier for our residents to continue to enjoy gardening from the comfort of their wheelchairs.

The home has its own hairdressing salon. A local stylist from Oxfordshire gives our residents the salon experience, in a space where they can relax. Members of the team also use this area to treat residents to a gentle hand massage or a manicure.

Pre-bookable respite care

Wantage Nursing Home now provides short-term residential dementia and nursing dementia respite care breaks. Pre-bookable respite care gives carers the opportunity to book a break-away of their own, safe in the knowledge that their loved one is receiving the very best care.

For more information and to book, call our friendly team today.

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Stories from the home

Resident at Abercorn House

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“Devoted staff, always happy and encouraging. They are competent, reliable, kind and supportive to residents and are friendly and welcoming to visitors.” Son of resident

Resident Heather Cottrell

Messages to loved ones

Our residents have been busy writing heartfelt messages to their loved ones to keep them smiling during this unusual time.

Feathered friends visit Wantage

Feathered friends

Our residents love visits from all creatures great and small during regular animal therapy sessions.

Residents at Wantage take part in reverse advent

Reverse advent

We all enjoyed giving something back to local people in need during our reverse advent calendar campaign.

Alpacas at Wantage care home

Alpacas and more

Every day is different, a highlight recently was when we welcomed fluffy alpacas through our doors for a spot of animal therapy.

Resident John Challingsworth who won the ‘Super Baker’ award

International Men’s Day

We hosted a superhero-themed awards evening, recognising the lifetime achievements, including John – who was our ‘Super Baker’.

Bedroom at Wantage

Bright and spacious bedrooms

Our rooms are a safe and secure place to call home, with bright and welcoming décor. An area to really make your own.

Wantage dining area

Highlight of the day

Our dining experience is a real highlight of the day, we all come together to enjoy nutritious food in a supportive environment.

Cake celebrating Wantage 10 years

Happy birthday Wantage!

In April 2018 we celebrated 10 years of delivering care in our Wantage community.

Canapés at Wantage

Our super kitchen team

Our skilled chefs like nothing more than an excuse to hold a party for birthdays or family gatherings.

Facilities at this home


  • Activity room
  • Conservatory
  • Dining room
  • Ensuite
  • Hairdressing salon
  • Lounges
  • Wheelchair accessible garden
  • Wifi


  • Bingo
  • Children visits
  • Community events
  • Gardening
  • Light exercise
  • Live entertainment
  • Pet therapy

Care and support

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

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Garston Lane
OX12 7AR
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Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn (Visits) – Group Director Sanctuary Care 29 May 2020

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Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn (Visits and PPE) – Group Director Sanctuary Care 15 April 2020

At Sanctuary Care our number one priority is to keep our residents, their relatives and our staff safe.

With the increasing number of reported cases of Coronavirus in the UK, we have taken the difficult decision to minimise all non-essential visits to our residential and nursing homes until further notice. These include routine visits from loved ones and friends, entertainers, hairdressers, volunteers, work experience students and school parties.

We have not taken this decision lightly and understand this will be upsetting for relatives who want to visit loved ones. We do feel this is the best way to keep our residents safe and is one of many proactive, preventative measures we are taking to stop this infection getting into our homes.

We do hope you understand why we are taking these precautions. Please don’t hesitate to call if you would like to speak to us directly if you have any questions or concerns.

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