James Hirons is a classic Victorian home, in a quiet residential area of Royal Leamington Spa, close to all amenities and with easy access to the vibrant town centre. The house retains many beautiful original features – the centrepiece being the magnificent lounge with its atrium and fine plaster work. Tasteful extensions provide modern facilities, meeting all care regulations and standards for health, safety and comfort. There is lift access to the upper floors, chair lifts on all staircases, as well as wheelchair access to the Home.
Three lounge areas provide space for companionship, activities, quiet reading, relaxation or watching television on the large home cinema style TV.
Personal, private space is important to all of us, so particular care and attention has been paid to the warm and welcoming bedroom accommodation at James Hirons – with fees for rooms varying in price according to the room’s size and views. Bedrooms are available across all three floors of the house with easy access to first and second floor rooms by the Home’s lifts and staircases (all of which have stair-lifts).
There are a total of 23 single occupancy bedrooms – all of which have been decorated and furnished to a high standard and specification – with residents being encouraged to bring in small items of furniture, pictures and personal belongings to add their own personal touches to their rooms. All but two of the bedrooms have en-suite facilities and there are modern bathrooms on each floor. Every bedroom has a television and a call bell. Private telephone lines can be installed subject to separate arrangements by the resident or their family.
However, some of our residents may choose to use a personal mobile phone instead of a private telephone line.
We take great pride in the person-centered approach to the care we provide, ensuring that the individual is at the heart of all we do.
Before admission an assessment is carried out by the Home Manager, to ensure that we can meet the person’s individual needs and preferences. This then forms the foundation for building a very personal care plan on admission, tailored to meet each individual need, including physical, spiritual, emotional and social requirements.
An individual’s right to determine their choices will always be respected, and the views and wishes of family members will also be taken into consideration. Residents are welcome for respite, convalescence/post-operative or long-term stays.
We recognise that food is not only important for good health, but that meal times are a very important part of the social life at James Hirons.
Residents, if they are able to and wish to, have the opportunity to join other residents for meals, sitting at attractively presented restaurant style tables for two or four people, in our beautiful split-level dining room.
We take pride in the food we serve and only use high-quality local ingredients in order to provide healthy and nutritious menus for all our residents. Fresh vegetables are delivered twice a week and fresh meats are delivered weekly. All meals are freshly cooked each day by the in-house catering staff in the Home’s kitchen, which has been awarded a food hygiene rating of 5, the highest possible score, by the District Council’s Environmental Health Department.
We ensure that there is choice and a variety of traditional foods and that our residents have control over what they eat – whilst providing for specialist diets whenever necessary. Relatives and friends are more than welcome to join residents for meals for a nominal charge.
You can see a sample menu here.
The gardens at James Hirons
Two bright conservatories overlook the extensive gardens, which have regularly won Leamington in Bloom awards. They feature a lily pond well-stocked with fish, a small orchard and a large area of lawns. Close to the house is a spacious terrace where residents can enjoy afternoon tea on warm summer days. The gardens are wheelchair accessible with surfaced paths and residents can access them independently or can be accompanied by a carer if preferred.
Activities & Social Life
A varied weekly programme is run by our own Activities Organisers.
These include fun and relaxing activities such as group exercise sessions, knitting club, quizzes, crosswords, musical entertainers, drama groups, local choirs, horticultural therapy, aromatherapy, arts and crafts, pets as therapy and visits by local sixth form students and volunteers.
We actively encourage links with the local community and the involvement of various age groups in the Home’s activities. Weekly visits by the hairdresser and regular visits by a chiropodist and other specialist services are arranged, as are the delivery of daily newspapers and monthly visits by the mobile library service. The local clergy visit regularly and a monthly communion service is held. All religions are welcome and arrangements can be made for those wishing to attend religious services locally.
Maintaining contact with family and friends is vitally important and visitors to the Home are welcomed at any reasonable time. Visitors can join residents for a cup of tea or for a meal.
You can see a sample of our weekly activities here.
James Hirons welcomes Volunteer helpers to assist residents and Activities Organisers with various tasks.