Project information

The New Vale House Care Home

The Trustees of Vale House have recognised that more and better quality provision is urgently needed in the community. They have made a significant investment in the future of the service by building a specialist care home for 40 residents who suffer with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

March 2011 - April 2016

Charity information

Vale House Oxford

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  • Need


    Dementia is a severe mental disease, there is a general deterioration of intellectual functioning. Rate of decline also varies – patients may live with the illness for months or years. In Britain most of the burden of caring at home for people with dementia initially falls upon their families and friends. Vale House aims to provide specialist nursing care to those people with dementia who cannot be cared for in other care home settings.


    The only solution has been to build a new care home for 40 residents.
    The the new home has been designed with best practice in caring for people with dementia: It supports twice as many people suffering with severe dementia than its original facility, new equipment has been provided. The design of the new care home has created a much better living environment for residents, pioneering the way forward in care for those living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of Dementia

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To offer care, comfort , dignity , respect for people with dementia and support to their families.


    » Vale House provides excellent detailed assessment of people's changing needs. Personal care promotes & protects dignity & individuality of residents.

    The new care home will support twice as many people suffering with severe dementia than its original facility ,a better living environment for residents, with excellent facilities.

  • Impact


    The additional capacity will help alleviate local Social Services waiting lists for residential care places. Hospitals will also be able to admit more patients for treatment as beds are freed up. A training programme to be developed at the charity’s new base will enable other health care professionals to learn and develop their skills in this field, so they can deliver better care in the community and help to increase their understanding, This programme will be offered on a national basis .


    There is a risk that we could have empty beds (costs £888 a week)
    We have dealt with this risk by creating a waiting list and also fostering links with the local authority to ensure that that they are aware when a bed becomes available.
    Another risk could be any change of legislation regarding the funding of our client group. This risk can be mitigated by management and directors staying well informed and alert of any potential changes.


    Donors of this project will receive regular updates of progress and will receive an open invitation to visit Vale House anytime they wish.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,500,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,500,000 Development Vale House Capital Devleopment Budget

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Charitable Trusts £1,651,059 Guaranteed
    Corporate £85,203 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Oxfordshire has a world class reputation in medical care,however there is a lack of specialised dementia care available to the residents of Oxfordshire
    2011-2,886 people diagnosed with dementia in Oxfordshire
    2011-4,741 people predicted to have dementia as yet undiagnosed.
    Oxfordshire is near the bottom of UK ranking for diagnosis of dementia (ranked 136 out of 176 )
    2012- There are more than 7,500 dementia sufferers in Oxfordshire set to rise to 8,600 by 2015


    •Residents: The provision of 20 additional beds at Vale House will bring fundamental change for the most vulnerable people in the community. They will no longer be confined to their home, excluded from the rest of society; instead they will receive the specialist residential care they need until the end of their life. Many of these people will have complex symptoms that need managing 24 hours a day.
    •The resident’s family: Provision of an in house family support worker available at all times.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Vale House is a charity dedicated to supporting people with severe dementia until the end of their life. The charity has become internationally renowned in this field, with a 21-year track record of looking after a very vulnerable group of people through its specialist care home on the outskirts of Oxford.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tricia O'Leary

    A qualified Head of Home Manager who is a registered nurse. Tricia holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Managing Health & Social Care, NVQ 4 Management

    The Board Of Directors Who Also Act As Trustee's Of The Charity

    Overall responsibility for the running and care delivery of the home as well as the financial responsibility of Vale House.