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Abberton Manor - Colchester

Abberton Manor is a magnificent Queen Anne Manor House set in attractively landscaped gardens and woodland with beautiful views over the Roman River valley, situated 3 miles south of Colchester.

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Abberton Manor has an enviable reputation for providing professional nursing care in a happy and friendly environment. It is highly rated for both the quality of its care and the warmth of its staff, many of whom have spent a number of years at the home.

The manor provides accommodation for just 26 residents in a comfortable, secure, relaxed, and homely environment in which their care, well being and comfort is of prime importance. The home offers both single and shared accommodation, the majority of which is en-suite, and all refurbished to a high standard.  The home has been furnished with its Queen Anne origins in mind, and residents particularly enjoy the extensive lawns and gardens surrounding the manor.

Residents are encouraged to bring their own furniture and pictures to personalise their accommodation, but furniture can be supplied if preferred.

Two characterful lounges provide a warm, communal area for residents and their visitors to enjoy. Separate dining rooms promote meal times as a sociable activity. Family and friends are encouraged to visit at any time, and join in with the activities or mealtimes.

Ruth Merchant Home manager

I became Home Manager at Abberton Manor In March 2020 and am proud to be working with such a dedicated team who have worked really hard to make the home one of the best within the area. Our home specialises in End of Life Care and, has held the Gold Standard Framework Award for End of Life Care since 2017, and also the Best Community Engagement Award at Essex Care Awards.

Having been a nurse for forty years, and a specialist adviser to the CQC, for the past three years, I bring a wealth of experience in all sectors of nursing and have a very hands on approach. I live locally and have a family, including young grandchildren. Abberton Manor is an extension to my family and I feel very privileged to work with such an amazing team.

I trained in Havering in 1979 and worked in the NHS until 1991. I then moved into the independent sector undertaking nursing Diploma in breast cancer and successfully completing a BSc Hons in cancer/palliative care at the Royal Marsden London. I have commissioned Breast Cancer services and oncology units during my years as a specialist nurse, and have held senior nurse manager positions. Following forty years within the NHS and acute independent sector I moved into social care, which I find extremely rewarding. Running a nursing home can be very hard work at times but it also brings plentiful rewards; being able to look after our residents and their families to the best of our ability is a privilege.

With the help of all the dedicated staff and volunteers at Abberton, I hope to make sure that our home keeps its warm, family atmosphere. The support forged by Abberton through the FaNs Network and the local community is invaluable. It enables residents to live their lives to the full and to stay young at heart, with entertainment and the companionship from all generations

I am passionate about maintaining the excellent work done here at Abberton and strive to ensure that the residents continue to feel as if it is their home and not our place of work. I believe in care, not just for residents, but also for their families, who can join with events and activities and speak to me and the team whenever they wish.

Our Quality Care

We have long-standing and dedicated nursing teams in our homes, with many years of professional experience between them. This has enabled us in a number of our homes to have achieved the highest accreditation for nursing care, the Gold Standard Framework.

Abberton Manor was awarded with the Gold Standards Framework in 2017 and also the Best Community Engagement Award at Essex Care Awards. This year we have been awarded the Best Nursing and Personal Care Home in Essex by Global Health and Pharma. We are also regional winners at The 2018 Great British Care Awards.

  • "All staff were attentive and kind, in fact, I felt that they treated him as they would one of their own family. The end-of-life care my brother received was very sensitively-administered, and we as his family were shown great compassion too. Although our experience of Abberton Manor was a short one, we were able to appreciate the professionalism and high level of care from everyone working there, helping to make each resident feel important, and 'at home'. Thank you, everyone!"

    PT, sister of resident, April 2020
  • "I have nothing by admiration and thanks for all the care my dad received whilst in Abberton Manor. He was looked after with so much compassion and love from all the staff, nothing was too much for them. The whole home had a lovely family feel to it and all were treated with great dignity and respect. I loved the way Abberton Manor had an amazing community feel to it. We were also made to feel so welcome every time we visited - often daily! Although it was a tough year for Dad, we couldn’t have asked for better care. All your staff are amazing and deserve a medal, they were so friendly, caring and compassionate. MR, son of resident, June 2020"

  • "The staff at Abberton Manor Nursing Home were very friendly and helpful. I was so pleased my father was accepted into the home. My sister and I appreciated their kindness and attention to my father at his time of passing. We had total trust in the staff who helped our father to pass away peacefully."

    PC, son of resident, April 2020
  • "We would like to thank all the staff at Abberton Manor for their very professional care, kindness and compassion whilst my father was in their care for his last days. It was a comfort for us to know that he was in competent hands at such a tragic time for us all."

    GM, daughter of resident, August 2020
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Our Activities

Like all Heritage Manor homes, Abberton Manor’s dedicated staff do their upmost to ensure that residents get the most they can from life.

A full-time activities programme run by a dedicated activities organiser provides a varied line-up of events catering for both groups and individuals, with activities ranging from beauty treatments and gardening, to trips out and keeping bees. Input from local schools, theatres and churches ensure that there is something for everyone to get involved in.

Activities include: Chair-based exercise classes, Themed supper evenings, Sunday church service, Visits to local attractions, Regular entertainers, Garden parties, Gardening, Art and craft, Cake making and decorating

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Layer Road, Colchester CO5 7NL