News at Cumnor Hill House in Oxfordshire


January Events at Cumnor Hill House 2020
January is set to be a bumper month at Cumnor Hill House, with not the usual four but five Thursday evening events!

We're kicking things off straightaway after our New Year's Eve celebrations with a Frank Sinatra Tribute Night on Thursday 2nd January, with cheese and wine being served on the evening too.

Our second event takes place on Thursday 9th January, when we're holding a British Pub & 1940s Tribute. Come and sing along to all your favourite '40s tunes, and enjoy pork pies and all the popular pub snacks.

On Thursday 16th January, we're celebrating Chinese New Year! As we enter the Year of the Rat, join us for a memorable evening, complete with a classic range of Chinese food.

A week later on Thursday 23rd January, we'll be hosting a bagpiper for Burns Night! We'll have all sorts of Scottish nibbles for you to tuck into as you listen to the great Scottish tunes.

Last but most certainly not least, we're rounding off the first month of 2020 with a visit from Tara Minton, who will be here to celebrate Australia Day with us! Australia Day takes place on Sunday 26th January, but we'll be celebrating on Thursday 30th - we do hope you can join us. Tara is a harpist-singer from down under, so she's the perfect person to join us for this great occasion.

If you can make it to any of our January events, please RSVP by emailing or calling 01865 415185. We hope to see you here at Cumnor Hill House this coming month.

December Events at Cumnor Hill House 2019
We’re getting in the Christmas spirit here at Cumnor Hill House, and we’ve got all sorts planned for December… We’re holding five fab events this coming month, kicking off on Thursday 5th December with a Night of Christmas music with Jen Merchant!

Just two days later on Saturday 7th December, we’re putting on the fantastically fun and festive Cumnor Hill House Christmas Fair! Join us from 1pm – 5pm where we’ll have entertainment from the one and only Marcus T, we’ll have real reindeer in our midst for you to stroke and feed and there will be all sorts of stalls offering lots of beautiful Christmas gifts, clothing, cards and more.

On Thursday 12th December, we’re holding a James Bond-themed Casino Night here at Cumnor Hill House! Dress up in your finest attire and get ready to enjoy great music, cocktails and maybe even a little flutter.

A week later on 19th December, it’s time for Disco Night! Join us from 6.30pm as we get the party started and boogie on down ‘til late.

Last but not least, we’re delighted to announce that Katasoul will be performing here on Boxing Day as our last event of the year! Whether you like soul, jazz or pop, Kat will put on a top-notch performance as she shows off her fabulous talent.

Please RSVP to or 01865 415185 to let us know you’re coming. And as usual, all entertainment, food and drink are completely free of charge!

November Events at Cumnor Hill House 2019
We’re excited to reveal the upcoming month’s events to you all, as November is looking like it’s going to be a great month here at Cumnor Hill House! Join us at our CQC-rated ‘Outstanding’ care home in Cumnor this coming month and enjoy four fantastic acts in our wonderful open bar bistro, and you’ll be sure to leave each time with a big smile on your face.

We’re starting things off on Thursday 7th November with Joanna’s Musical Night! Joanna is going to take us on a journey through the musicals, performing some of the best hits the West End has ever seen. Get ready to sing along!

The following Thursday – 14th November – we’re delighted to announce that we’ll be joined by a Ventriloquist Musician. Yes, you read that right! There’s sure to be plenty of laughter at this rather unusual event.

On Thursday 21st November, we’re welcoming Jean Claude to Cumnor Hill House for an evening you’re sure to remember for a long time coming – it’s reggae night! We hope to see everyone dancing along at this great event.

Finishing off the month in style, we’re holding a silent disco here in our home on Thursday 28th November! It went down an absolute treat last time, so we thought it would be a great idea to do it again – and we really hope you can join us. Put on your headphones, choose your music channel and boogie on down.

As always, everything is completely free of charge, including refreshments. Please RSVP to or 01865 415 185 to let us know you’re coming. We hope to see you at one or more of our November events.

October Events at Cumnor Hill House - 2019
Wow, do we have an amazing month ahead! We have not four but FIVE brilliant Thursday evening events in store for you this October, and we can’t wait to tell you all about them. So, without further ado, here’s what we have planned…

We’re kicking October off with a visit from Helen, a wonderful singer who’s going to take us through the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s! Remember to bring your dancing shoes along.

Next up is Tickled Pink, who are going to take us all on a wonderful adventure… you’ll have to come along to find out more.

Mid-month, Zing will be here to perform their lively, interactive show comprising songs from the 1950s and 1960s, as well as musical theatre. We can’t wait to welcome Carole and Peter to our home.

We’re delighted to welcome Marcus T back to Cumnor Hill House – we’re in for yet another great night with this talented singer.

Here to finish off the month is David Vaughn, a talented pianist who has never been to our home before. It’s going to be great so come along and join in the fun!

If you’d like to join us at any of our October events, please RSVP to or 01865 415 185. As always, our events are free of charge and include complimentary refreshments. Food options are subject to change.

Cumnor Hill House shortlisted for Caring UK Awards 2019
We’re delighted to announce that Cumnor Hill House has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award at the Caring UK Awards 2019!

Now in their third year, the Caring UK Awards celebrate excellence throughout the care industry and recognise team efforts across the UK, and homes shortlisted for this year’s award can be found as far north as Ballachulish in northern Scotland and as far south as Devon. We’re incredibly pleased to have beaten off competition from hundreds of others across the UK to be shortlisted in the Catering Team of the Year category in the awards.

Louise, our lovely Home Manager, said: “I’m so pleased our wonderful home has been shortlisted for a Caring UK Award – it’s a real honour to get this far. Our kitchen staff are brilliant, and we pride ourselves on the level of hospitality we provide to our residents and their visitors, so hopefully the judges will agree. Whatever happens at the awards ceremony, we couldn’t be prouder.”

Here at Cumnor Hill House, which is an all-inclusive care home in Oxfordshire, residents are given a wide choice of options at each mealtime, tasty treats are always offered around, and light bites can be ordered throughout the day at the bar bistro. Our home even features a fine dining room, which is available for residents to use with their family members and friends, whether it’s a special occasion or they just fancy a get-together – dinner and drinks for all visitors is part of the all-inclusive care, complete with all the trimmings. After all, we do offer Luxury Living & Exceptional Care here in our Cumnor care home.

The annual Caring UK Awards recognise excellence and achievement in care homes throughout the country, so we’re absolutely elated to have our excellent culinary offering acknowledged. In each category, up to seven finalists have been selected to go through to the next stage of the judging process – this is where we will be out to impress by showcasing first-hand the great work we do here in our Cumnor Hill House kitchen.

A member of the awards team will be coming to Cumnor Hill House in the near future to have a look around, speak to members of staff and residents, and submit a comprehensive report that will be passed on to an expert judging panel – they will then decide who wins each award!

Winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony on Friday 15th November at Athena in Leicester – please keep everything crossed for Cumnor Hill House!

St. Giles’ Fair came to town!
Going to the funfair is always an exciting experience, and when the fair comes to town it is a great opportunity for our residents to reminisce and explore this amazing feature in Oxford’s calendar. Eating candy floss, watching the rides, taking in the electric atmosphere…what a wonderful afternoon.

Dementia-friendly cinema screenings at Cumnor Hill House care home in Oxfordshire
Here at Cumnor Hill House care home in Oxfordshire, we’re lucky enough to have our very own in-house cinema, and we make the most of every opportunity we can to use it. This includes regular, free-of-charge, dementia-friendly screenings, complete with complimentary refreshments.

What makes dementia-friendly cinema screenings different to the norm?

Well, first of all, our cinema room at Cumnor Hill House has a big screen, luxurious high-backed chairs and plenty of space for wheelchairs – the room has been designed to be as calming and comfortable as possible for everyone in attendance.

With the lights dimmed rather than turned off, people are free to move around a little. And with the volume slightly lower than in a normal cinema, those watching can chat about the film as it plays or sing along to musicals – interaction and engagement are encouraged rather than met with a disapproving ‘shhhhh’.

What films have you shown before?

We have shown a wide variety of well-loved classics and a few more modern films too through Sky, including Casablanca, Mary Poppins, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Bohemian Rhapsody, Aquaman and Steel Magnolias. What film would you like to see in our cinema? We’re more than happy to take requests!

We believe that our dementia-friendly cinema screenings here in Cumnor work as a form of reminiscence therapy, taking viewers back in time with familiar scenes and characters, stimulating their minds with vivid memories of days gone by.

Come along to our next dementia-friendly cinema screening at Cumnor Hill House

If you’d like to join us at our next dementia-friendly cinema screening, please do get in touch to find out when our next film night is and what big screen favourite we’ll be showing.

There’s always a very warm welcome waiting here in our CQC-rated ‘Outstanding’ care home in Oxfordshire, and we’d love to see you. The only thing left to decide is whether you’d prefer popcorn or a slice of cake!

Intelligent technology to make our ‘Outstanding’ care in Cumnor even better
We recently wrote about some of the technology we have here in our Oxfordshire care home, Cumnor Hill House, but there’s a whole lot more where that came from. And the technology we’re about to tell you about helps us to take even better care of the people living here.

Droplet Hydration Cup

We make every effort to ensure our residents stay hydrated – especially when the weather’s warmer – and the Droplet Hydration Cup is a big help. Droplet cups remind people to drink, helping those who need additional support or encouragement to stay hydrated. The Droplet Smart Base fits onto the Droplet Mug or Tumbler to track how frequently someone’s drinking – and if they forget to drink, Droplet reminds them to hydrate! This can be with a reminder light or a voice message, and they even come with a night light. It has gone down a treat with our residents.


This ingenious device helps to improve confidence and quality of life for those living with Parkinson’s disease or showing similar symptoms. This self-stabilising cutlery enables people with a hand tremor to eat without stress – in fact, the chosen utensil attached to the battery-powered handle device adapts to tremor movements and shakes 85% less than the person’s hand, helping them feed themselves and retain that level of independence. With spoon and fork attachments, it’s ideal for all three meals of the day. It has really helped to improve the quality of life for some of our residents at Cumnor Hill House.


At Cumnor Hill House, we have implemented an electronic care planning system, iCare. This paperless system enables us to keep care plans up to date with real-time observations, risk assessments and incident reports. It also means there’s a single, detailed record for each client, so nothing is missed, guaranteeing consistency. The care team don’t have to duplicate any information and can see any changes to care plans as soon as they happen. It makes us a safer and more efficient care home, giving us more time to concentrate on care.

Nexus Care Solution

Gone are the days of pagers and loud alarms – making the most of the smart devices all around us, Nexus has developed a modern call bell response and alerting system. Developed by technology experts with a firm grasp of the care industry, the Nexus Care Solution is a real game-changer that delvers critical alarms and messaging for carers via a powerful messaging platform. The tool increases staff efficiency here at Cumnor Hill House and offers greater accountability and increased levels of care. And it does it all in a familiar way on a single ubiquitous smart device.

To find out more about the technology we use in our CQC-rated ‘Outstanding’ care home in Cumnor, Oxfordshire, please speak to a member of the team.


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