Reviews for Rivermead Care Home

Barchester Rivermead Care Home Recommended on
We score 9.6/10

19 Reviews

Barchester Rivermead Care Home Recommended on

23 January 2020

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"Incredibly caring and proficient staff at Rivermead who always have the time of day for residents and their families. Always looking to improve their levels of care and going above and beyond. Plenty of renovation work going on too to improve the care home and facilities."

A L rating: 3.92 out of 5

"My husband transferred to Barchester Rivermead Care Home from hospital, he suffers from Parkinson's disease and other medical issues requiring complex nursing. He is making slow progress thanks to all the wonderful staff who are very caring, kind, respectful, encouraging and patient. Not just to the residents but also family members. Management too, they are always willing to help and give advice when needed. Rivermead is the most caring home that any of our family and friends have had to stay in."

D A rating: 4.83 out of 5

"Lovely friendly yet professional staff. They made my husband very welcome and reassured about his respite stay. They encouraged him to be independent and to manage his time as he wanted, enabling him to join in with activities such as the exercise classes and quizzes. This was our first experience of respite and we would certainly return to Rivermead in the future should we need to."

N H rating: 4.83 out of 5

"Whenever we come, I'm always happily surprised at the excellent level of care the patients are getting. The staff have a very good and professional manner, treating people with dignity. Thank you."

Chris C rating: 4.58 out of 5

"Amazing staff, really friendly and caring."

Ben C rating: 5.00 out of 5

"This is an amazing place and I can't thank them enough for the love, care and compassion they are showing my dad. All the staff we've seen are so positive and encouraging. My Dad enjoys his own company and they are giving the perfect balance between encouraging friendships and letting him choose to be in his room. Thank you."

H H rating: 4.17 out of 5

"My mother has been in Memory Lane for about six weeks now. She is very happy and content, more than she was at home, which we never thought possible. This is because the staff are wonderful in every way. They are professional, caring and have the skills necessary to help with my mother's dementia. She is clean and well dressed, her hair looks lovely and staff even give her a manicure from time to time. Barchester Rivermead Care Home is a happy place, the delicious food is freshly prepared each day and the activities are fun and appropriate. I couldn't recommend Rivermead more highly."

Ali M rating: 5.00 out of 5

"Very good all-round care. No fault to find in general. Everybody is very helpful and kind. My wife is very well cared for and turned out immaculately every day."

Allan V rating: 3.75 out of 5

"My aunt was given lovely care from all the staff. Her care towards the end of life was wonderful, very respectful and dignified. The staff were also so caring towards her family."

Beverley M rating: 4.58 out of 5

"I have, with my family and friends, visited my husband, who has been looked after in Rivermead since December 2022. It has been a very emotional year for all the family, but thanks to the wonderful staff, we know he is well looked after, and it has made it much easier for all the family to visit. We are always made welcome, and we can't thank all the staff enough."

Heather S rating: 4.67 out of 5

"I find the care home very good and friendly and all carers are friendly, kind and very helpful."

Edward C rating: 4.00 out of 5

"My husband was fast-tracked to Barchester Rivermead Care Home from the hospital for end-of-life care with Alzheimer's disease. I could not have wished for better care for him after the bad experience he had suffered. Everyone treated both him and me with utmost respect, cared for him gently and sympathetically and kept me informed. I have no hesitation in recommending Rivermead and its staff and am deeply grateful for their help when he passed away."

A C rating: 5.00 out of 5

"My mother was cared for at Barchester Rivermead Care Home for a little over three years. During the whole time she was there. My family and I were delighted by the wonderful care she received."

John H rating: 4.58 out of 5

"My husband was in the memory lane unit for 15 months. The care given to him always encompassed his best interests. His needs were always considered and met. The staff cared for him and got to know him; they supported us as a family."

S G rating: 4.08 out of 5

"Father is making progress. His needs are being met and getting the care I hoped he would."

T S rating: 4.44 out of 5

"Moving to a care home after 75 years of an astonishingly independent lifestyle is no easy decision, but the superb staff at Rivermead did everything possible to ensure that my sister-in-law quickly felt that Rivermead is now her true home and a happy one. The standards of care, the cleanliness, the food and the effort made to ensure my sister-in-law's determination and individuality are fully respected impress all her family every time they visit. It's to the great credit of Rivermead staff and management that such high standards have been achieved and maintained during the last few difficult years."

D S rating: 4.92 out of 5

"Very pleased with the care my mother receives. Lovely staff. Wonderful care home. Mother is very happy and settled. Food is beautiful, cannot fault Rivermead Care Home. Pleasant surroundings and bright clear rooms. Would recommend it to anyone."

Carol H rating: 4.92 out of 5

"Visited today to see my Mum, She was in a tiki bar activity. It was a magical experience she was so happy sipping her cocktail and wearing her feather garland. The songs were perfect and triggered memories which we were able to talk about. She knows lots of words and joined in with the singing, clapping and tapping her feet. She enjoyed laughing at me when I wore a sailor hat and tried singing the words. We were so privileged to be part of the session and see Mum so happy."

Andrew S rating: 5.00 out of 5

"Excellent - everything very food - particularly the food. Staff are very pleasant."

J K rating: 4.92 out of 5

"My husband has now been at Barchester Rivermead Care Home for about 10-months. He was a bit difficult and can still be at times. The staff deal with him in a lovely and kind manner, with patience and humour to name but a few. I now have peace of mind that he is safe, clean and well-fed. Thank you."

Sue M rating: 5 out of 5

"Our friend has settled in very well and is really happy and full of smiles when we visit. She looks healthy, clean and well cared for."

T H rating: 4.92 out of 5

"When my mother was admitted from hospital she was very disorientated but not as unhappy as she had been in hospital. Once she had settled she told me how much she liked it here and she said the staff were kind and helpful. I am relieved that she is in such good hands and delighted I am able to bring her old dog in to see her. I feel very secure to know she is treated with kindness and respect."

A C rating: 5 out of 5

"Staff have been helpful and accomodating. Lots of activities. Everyone is friendly and cheery. Food is wonderful!"

Julie H rating: 4.75 out of 5

"After the closure of her previous care home due to the lack of nursing care during Covid, I had been worried about the enforced change in someone with advanced dementia. I need not have worried, the transfer has been handled with great care and support by staff who clearly understand the problems with dementia and how best to deal with them. The ratio of staff to residents is good and the atmosphere seen as you walk through the door is excellent. Though it has been a difficult couple of weeks I have no doubt that the change of nursing home has been for the better, this will definitely be a forever home."

L M rating: 4.42 out of 5

"Very positive experience. Dad was very well looked after, staff were consistently very caring and considerate, and went above and beyond what we expected. The person on reception was very good throughout, there was one carer who was excellent with Dad and cheerful, despite his sometimes gloomy ways. The care assistants were also very warm and thoughtful, and the nurse was brilliant and very gentle with Dad in his last few hours, and the communication with us was much appreciated."

Mark G rating: 4.58 out of 5

"Staff were very helpful and polite. Nothing was any trouble when needed to help the resident. They were always ready to help quickly and promptly. The food was varied and appetising and assisted in feeding if required."

A S rating: 4.67 out of 5

"Once my dad had settled into the home, he wished he had moved in sooner so that he could take advantage of all the wonderful facilities and activities. The staff at Rivermead were superb; kind, caring and very patient. My dad was bed-bound, so needed 24-hour care and assistance, and the staff couldn't have been any more attentive."

Andrew B rating: 4.58 out of 5

"The team at Rivermead are very lovely they are doing a fantastic job of looking after my mother in law. They are all very kind and caring. Any questions or queries you may have regards your family care needs or medication/health they will walk you through everything and give you all the information you may need. I can not fault the manager she is superb and is doing a fantastic job. Thank you so much."

Josephine P rating: 5 out of 5

"The care is good, and the staff are lovely, and they try and accommodate you with most things. Very short staffed, twice I had to wait 45/40 minutes for a bedpan, which is not acceptable in my eyes. I was in agony when they arrived. A lot of days there has been only 3 staff and a lot of people need two carers to do them. Some residents were not getting their personal care till late afternoon which is not good, especially when I was on total bed rest. staffing situation was getting worse, as they were starting to get new residents every day. I had numerous clothing items disappear and were found in someone’s else’s drawers. They use agency nurses, and a lot don’t know the routine of the residents, and you're forever asking them to do things for you. The rooms were cleaned every day. The day I went to hospital for my scan, the cleaner did a thorough clean of my bed, and washed down my air bed."

Gillian W rating: 3.92 out of 5

"My nana arrived six weeks ago and we are over the moon with how she has settled with the excellent care she is receiving. It is a very clean care home with caring staff, she is more content after each visit."

Gareth E rating: 4.67 out of 5

"My husband has received the utmost care from all the staff at Rivermead Barchester Care Home. Their care and support have been outstanding. Also, the kindness they have shown to me. Thank you."

Josephine H rating: 4.92 out of 5

"Have found the home very good in all aspects over the last seven years. Since this covid-19 came, the staff have been excellent."

Keith T rating: 4.42 out of 5

"I have been visiting my old friend of forty plus years in Barchester Rivermead, Norton, for the duration of her stay. I've always found it to be clean and well kept, the staff are lovely and appear to be genuinely fond of the residents, always a smile and a kind word in a difficult job."

P C rating: 4.08 out of 5

"During Coronavirus there hasn't been much contact. On outdoor visits the staff changes are phenomenal. The review is based on previously as unable to see food, staff etc. My dad was also at Rivermead until his passing. Mum seems happy enough as she has also deteriorated so much in this pandemic."

A L rating: 4 out of 5

"Highly recommend the care and dedication of the staff is of a very high standard. Residents' quality of life and care seems very utmost of this provider."

John A rating: 4.75 out of 5

"First of all, I would like to say how impressed and grateful I am to all the staff at Rivermead for the sterling effort they have put into caring during the last eight months. I realise the extreme pressure they must have endured and appreciate it. Regarding the visiting questions, I'm not sure that I agree to the visiting vigil being relaxed at the moment, the virus is very fickle and difficult to read, testing seems to be far from reliable. Yes; I would love to be able to visit my husband, although I am fortunate to be able to FaceTime him each day, but having just experienced a further lockdown because a family member recently contracted the virus, I'm not confident. Finally, I understand that in the event of claims being made as a result of treatment during the course of coronavirus, and I'm sure that lawyers will be very keen to do so, the Government has agreed to indemnify the hospitals, but not nursing homes? Which seems disgraceful."

J G rating: 4.5 out of 5

"Mum moved into Rivermead just a fortnight before this March 2020 lockdown. It has been a difficult time for us all and whilst Mum saw none of her family for weeks, we kept in contact via the phone. Mum receives excellent care at Rivermead and as a family, we are very pleased with everything."

John H rating: 4.67 out of 5

"I would just like to say that we have always been happy with the consideration and care that has been sown to our mother. The staff are always courteous and endeavour to fulfil any requests regarding visiting or any other concerns we may have, this year has been more difficult for us all but we have still felt include with the care and involvement regarding mother. Many thanks to each and everyone for your continued care."

J A rating: 4.58 out of 5

"Rivermead helped our family at a very difficult time when Mum needed specialist care. From day one, the staff have treated her very professionally and cared for her needs. During this difficult time, they have kept us updated with any changes to Mum and been very accommodating with our weekly visits. During Mum's stay so far, her general health has improved dramatically."

Brenda W rating: 4.67 out of 5

"My mother spent over 3 years with you. Very good care. Excellent food and friendly staff. Great atmosphere most of the time."

D W rating: 4.5 out of 5

"My father was admitted to Rivermead after spending 3 months in the hospital. The management and staff made my father feel at home from the start. The care home is clean. The staff are all very friendly and approachable. My father has made very good progress, built his strength back up and now ready to mix back out into the community. Would I recommend Rivermead to anyone? Most definitely."

A C rating: 4.83 out of 5

"Dad has some of the best care living at Rivermead. The only thing is that some key staff have been moved to the other unit, which in my opinion would upset residents."

S B rating: 4.58 out of 5

"Rivermead has been in complete chaos for months. No manager, no senior nurse. Too many agency staff at weekends who have no idea of resident's needs. Staff try hard but difficult for them in the circumstances. Let's hope it improves soon."

E B rating: 3.33 out of 5

"Recently under new management after several months of instability. New management seems promising but too early to asses as few improvements made so far. Environment is pleasant, bright and clean. Refreshments for visitors available in reception area which is appreciated. Staff generally very friendly but not proactive in supporting and engaging with residents, likely due to staffing levels and long shifts. Communication between staff/management and relatives could be improved, and documentation regarding care not readily available. Some hygiene issues (bathing, hand hygiene and dental care) brought forward but not yet resolved. Sometimes difficult to contact relative by phone, especially at the weekend. Care appears to be confined to the time constraints of the carers rather than the needs of the residents."

E S rating: 3.5 out of 5

"Under fairly new management so some areas that are presently unsatisfactory hopefully will be improving. Surroundings are very pleasant. Staff, on the whole, are friendly, helpful and caring. However, we have had issues with personal care including bathing (which is being addressed) and hand and mouth hygiene. Food and drink is usually of a reasonable quality but not very flexible if a resident would like something more unusual or changes their mind. Staff are not proactive in offering alternatives. Hard to justify very expensive fees."

M B rating: 3.92 out of 5

"I have always been impressed with the quality of the care/nursing staff at Rivermead nursing home. They deal with the most challenging of care needs and treat everyone with courtesy and respect. Tonight I have been sitting with my very ill Mum in law and witnessed the night team at work. These ladies came on at 8pm. It's now past 1 am and I haven't seen them sit down once! They have checked in on us four times, changed and turned my mum in law twice. Every room has been checked regularly and they have responded to at least four alarms. Every Person has been treated with care and respect. Nursing homes can never be as perfect as you would want for you mum or dad but with cares like these Rivermead is probably as good as it gets for dementia suffers."

Susan B rating: 4.5 out of 5

"The staff at the care home seem to care for my mother in law and look after her as well as they can. Sometimes she can be cantankerous, so she is not always easy to help, but they seem to calm her down."

John S rating: 4.67 out of 5

"My mum is very well cared for. All the staff are very good at their jobs. Genuinely fond of mum, even when she is fractious with them, cannot fault them. They always ring if need to and also show us details of injuries she has received due to falls she has, which is very reassuring to us as a family. All in all, her care is excellent. My husband and myself are also treated with great kindness, whenever we visit."

S S rating: 4.58 out of 5

"My mother has been a resident at Rivermead since June 2016. Her needs are complex, including severe dementia caused by brain damage, resulting in intermittent challenging behaviour. The care has been exemplary throughout, I'm totally reassured that she is looked after with compassion and skill. The staff have always been fully involved, very approachable and have supported me recently with issues arising from external agencies. The environment is always clean with stimulating images and artefacts throughout the communal areas. Even during difficult periods, her personal care, hair and hygiene are good. Rivermead has been our lifeline - I can't envisage my mother's life elsewhere."

Dorothy B rating: 4.92 out of 5

"My wife is well accepted here, all the staff help her. The food is very good and I have been made very welcome to have my lunch here with her, it is very good. I would certainly recommend it to people to bring any member of the family requiring the service and help."

Tony W rating: 5 out of 5

"I have been at Rivermead for over a year while my husband has been unwell. It feels like home, all staff are caring and friendly. I go on trips with activities regularly and have been shopping, out for coffee trips and the lavender farm."

S T rating: 5 out of 5

"My dad who is 95 has been a resident of Rivermead Care Home for nearly three years. During this time he has been cared for by experienced friendly nursing staff. He is very well fed, the food is excellent and caters for lack of teeth! The entertainments are very good but could do with a bit more for the gentlemen. Outings are every week,m very varied and entertaining. Dad grows tomatoes in the greenhouse as this is something he has always done and keeps him interested in the garden. All in all, I think Rivermead Care Home is very well run and the residents are well looked after."

Pat H rating: 4.42 out of 5

"Rivermead is an excellent care home.My father has advanced dementia and the staff are so caring and strive to give the best possible attention to all residents and treat them with dignity and respect. The home itself is a lovely, homely building with the residential rooms set in a square around a central lounge and dining area in memory lane (dementia Unit). This is reassuring from a safety perspective. The carers and nursing team are attentive and spot any issues without delay."

Gill H rating: 4.75 out of 5

"The staff are friendly and helpful. The area itself is good for the residents to go outside and take a walk. The care home is always clean and tidy. Big sitting area and relaxing areas. The gardens are lovely, could imagine residents would love it in the summer. I've experienced seeing the live music within the care home, the activities too. There's always something going on and it seems the residents enjoy the activities etc."

A C rating: 4.33 out of 5

"I was so worried about leaving my husband for a week in a care home. But after seeing for myself the care and attention that is given to each resident, my mind was made up that this was the home for my husband. Thanks to all the staff at Rivermead who made my husbands stay so worth while."

Susan Y rating: 5 out of 5

"My father was admitted to Rivermead from another care home. He had been deteriorating physically and mentally and appeared to have given up on life, refusing to be showered, to eat or get out of bed. Within 10 days at Rivermead he was a different man. Allowed help with personal care, he is now clean, dressed, clean shaven and up and about for a while each day. He appears calm, happy, settled and is eating really well. I cannot thank the team at Rivermead enough for their care of my father. I am so pleased we made this move. His quality of life has improved tremendously."

Alison T rating: 5 out of 5

"My Nana spent her last days amongst some amazing staff that gave their all, every day and night at Rivermead Care Home. The care and support offered to us as a family was incredible and we will always be grateful to all of the staff for going above and beyond their role to make us all feel comfortable and well looked after. The room and facilities were excellent. The food was fantastic and my Nana was treated with dignity from the moment she arrived to the moment she left. I would highly recommend Rivermead Care Home and all of the staff. Overall a caring, spotlessly clean and well managed nursing home. A big thank you to all on Memory Lane xx"

Lucy G rating: 5 out of 5

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