Tara's Retreat Residential Care Home

High Street, Sandridge, St Albans AL4 9DQ

Tara's Retreat Residential Care Home, St Albans, Hertfordshire
Tara's Retreat Residential Care Home, St Albans, Hertfordshire
Tara's Retreat Residential Care Home, St Albans, Hertfordshire

Tara's Retreat is situated in the High Street of the beautiful rural Hertfordshire village of Sandridge, on the outskirts of the historic City of St Albans. This purpose built home opened in 2006 and is set in landscaped groups which enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

Tara's Retreat is dedicated to providing residential care for older people and for those with dementia related needs. It has been designed and equipped to the highest standard to ensure that residents enjoy a superior quality of life.

All 46 bedrooms are en-suite and decorated to a high specification, all of which may be personalised.

Tara's Retreat offers a choice of lounges and dining areas, a fully equipped activities room and accessible patio areas. The private gardens at Tara's Retreat offer a safe environment, with easy access pathways for outdoor activities.

Tara's Retreat offers long term residential care and short stay respite breaks for older people. The home specialises in the care of older people with dementia related needs and benefits from a safe and secure dementia environment.

The home's Activities Organiser arranges a varied social calendar of meaningful, appropriate activities and entertainment, including trips to places of interest.

Group: B&M Care Ltd

Person in charge: Karen Langley (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Hertfordshire County Council (click for contact details)

Type of Service: Care Home only (Residential Care) – Privately Owned , Registered for a maximum of 46 Service Users

Registered Care Categories*: Dementia • Old Age

Specialist Care Categories: Alzheimer's • Hearing Impairment & Deafness • Parkinson's Disease • Stroke • Visual Impairment

Admission Information: Ages 65+.

Single Rooms: 46

Rooms with ensuite WC: 46

Weekly Charges Guide: Personal Care Single from £850 (These prices are only a guideline, please contact Tara's Retreat Residential Care Home to find out the exact price for your requirements.) (These prices are only a guideline, please contact Tara's Retreat Residential Care Home to find out the exact price for your requirements.)

Facilities & Services: Respite Care • Convalescent Care • Physiotherapy • Own GP if required • Own Furniture if required • Smoking not permitted • Close to Local shops • Near Public Transport • Minibus or other transport • Lift • Stairlift • Wheelchair access • Gardens for residents • Residents Kitchenette • Phone Point in own room/Mobile • Television point in own room • Residents Internet Access

Latest Care Quality Commission* Report on Tara's Retreat Residential Care Home: click here

* Care Quality Commission is responsible for the registration and inspection of social care services in England.

Bed Vacancies

Please Contact Us for Latest Vacancies

Reviews

9.6 Tara's Retreat Residential Care Home has a Review Score of 9.6 (9.638)

The Review Score of 9.6 (maximum of 10) for Tara's Retreat Residential Care Home is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.7 out of 5 from 12 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Tara's Retreat Residential Care Home in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5.0 out of 5 from 9 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

  • a) 5 Points are available for the Average Rating of all Reviews over all time. For each review the Care Home / service is rated Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Poor or Very Poor on a number of areas eg Staff, Management etc. The Care Home receives points for each rating as follows: Excellent = 5. Good = 4. Satisfactory = 3. Poor = 2. Very Poor = 1. These points are added up and then divided by the total number of completed ratings to generate the average rating.

    The Average Rating of 4.66 for Tara's Retreat Residential Care Home is calculated as follows: ( (98 Excellents x 5) + (38 Goods x 4) + (5 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 141 Ratings = 4.66

  • b) 5 Points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 12 months. A Positive Review is defined as any Review with 'Extremely Likely' or 'Likely' in answer to the question 'How likely are you to recommend this Care Home to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?'

    The 5 points available are broken down as follows:

    1. 4 points are available for the first 5 Positive Reviews, 3 points for the first Positive Review and then 0.25 Points for each of the next 4 Positive Reviews.

    2. 1 point is available for reaching a target number of Positive Reviews based on 20% of the number of registered maximum number of service users. If the target is partially reached then that proportion of 1 point is given. eg a Care Home with 50 registered maximum number of service users has a target of 10 Positive Reviews, if it has 10 or more Positive Reviews it will receive 1 point, if it has 7 reviews will receive 0.7 points.

    The 4.978 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Tara's Retreat Residential Care Home is based on 9 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 4

    2. Target of 9.2 positive Reviews (46 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 9 Reviews ÷ 9.2 Target = 0.978

  • When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.


Average Ratings

  • Excellent
    8
  • Good
    4
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Tara's Retreat Residential Care Home?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    9
  • Likely
    2
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    1
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Tara's Retreat Residential Care Home

  • Daughter of Resident/Service User
    4
  • Resident / Service User
    3
  • Volunteer
    2
  • Daughter-in-law of Resident/Service User
    1
  • Friend of Resident/Service User
    1
  • more

Mum is very happy at Tara's. She says they are very kind to her and she's very lucky to live there.
I have found that all the carers are lovely - jolly and friendly and more importantly are caring and kind to mum. They are very patient and they are good at encouraging residents to get up if they are a bit reluctant to get up or move into the day room. Mum loves it when the sixth formers come in on a Friday afternoon and she enjoys the singing and activities.

How likely would you be to recommend Tara's Retreat Residential Care Home? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Good

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Good

Management: Good

Safety / Security: Good

Rooms: Good

Value for Money: Good

Good staff, caring approach, pleasant and well-kept facilities.

How likely would you be to recommend Tara's Retreat Residential Care Home? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities: Good

Care / Support: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Good

Management: Good

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Good

Value for Money: Satisfactory

Always a nice welcome on each visit.
The rooms are always spotless and there is a feeling of a family, friendly environment.
Carers are always friendly and have my mother's wellbeing always at heart.
Would recommend this home to anyone.

How likely would you be to recommend Tara's Retreat Residential Care Home? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Good

Food & Drink: Good

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Don't Know

The care that my mother receives at Tara's is wonderful. All the staff are so caring and attentive to Mum's individual needs, always thinking of ways to enhance her life.
There are frequent activities ranging from quizzes and Bingo to trips out - even a day at the seaside. Nothing is too much trouble. Mum's key worker communicates regularly with me and always informs me of any concerns as soon as they arise.
Mum is very happy at Tara's and I'm sure this is due to the calm atmosphere and wonderful care she receives.

How likely would you be to recommend Tara's Retreat Residential Care Home? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Lovely and friendly home.

How likely would you be to recommend Tara's Retreat Residential Care Home? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Mum came to Tara's in December 2016 for 2 weeks' respite as her husband was in hospital. Unfortunately, he died in February and so mum's stay has become permanent. The family are all very pleased with the care provided and the caring staff. They are all very kind and showed sensitivity and support during a very difficult time. The staff will always go out of their way to help however they can. The activities provided for residents are varied and plentiful. The accommodation is bright and cheerful and always kept very clean and tidy.

How likely would you be to recommend Tara's Retreat Residential Care Home? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My mother has been with Tara's for nearly four years after I had looked after her for nearly 15 years. I was diagnosed with cancer within six months of my mother entering Tara's Retreat Residential Care Home. The staff just took over and I know she was in safe hands. They have carried on in the same manner to this day.

How likely would you be to recommend Tara's Retreat Residential Care Home? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I am a student who volunteers at Tara's Retreat every Friday. The staff at the home are warm and friendly. The care home is a supportive environment providing the best possibly care to its residents.

How likely would you be to recommend Tara's Retreat Residential Care Home? Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Good

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Good

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

I am a carer from an outside care company and visits some residents for companionship and to sometimes take them out. On every visit, I am extremely impressed with every aspect of care at Tara's. It is a warm, friendly environment and the staff and carers are all very very happy and willing to help residents and visitors with any needs. A joy to visit here.

How likely would you be to recommend Tara's Retreat Residential Care Home? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

The care in this home is excellent, but I am the only one that can go out by myself. I would like to find a resident that is able to go out with me sometimes. I play bridge twice a week and go to the excellent 'Silverthread' at the village hall every other Friday. The activities are mainly for those who have vascular dementia or are incapacitated in some way. Everyone would benefit greatly if a film or usual DVD was shown to the residents once a week. I would also like an outing for shopping once a month. The bus service is very poor to St. Albans. No chemist or bank in Sandridge.

How likely would you be to recommend Tara's Retreat Residential Care Home? Neither Unlikely or Likely

Average Rating: 

 4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities: Good

Care / Support: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Satisfactory

Food & Drink: Satisfactory

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Satisfactory

Management: Good

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

I have nothing to compare with but my impression is of a very good standard in most aspects.

How likely would you be to recommend Tara's Retreat Residential Care Home? Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Good

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Good

Rooms: Good

Good service. Kind, excellent. Good facilities. food good, allowed to go out.

How likely would you be to recommend Tara's Retreat Residential Care Home? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Care / Support: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Treated with Dignity: Good

Food & Drink: Good

Staff: Good

Activities: Good

Management: Good

Safety / Security: Good

Rooms: Good

Value for Money: Good

Submit a Review for Tara's Retreat Residential Care Home

    • We welcome residents/service users and their family/friends to submit reviews to carehome.co.uk

    • This is not a formal complaint procedure or to be used for allegations of negligence, abuse or criminal activity. If you wish to make a complaint or have a serious allegation of negligence, please refer to the procedures on our complaints page.

Your Personal Details

Your personal details below may be used by us or passed on to the organisation you are reviewing in order to contact you for the purpose of verifying/responding to your review. They will not be passed on to any other third parties and will not be published on our website. Please enter your own personal email address (the email of the care provider will not be accepted). Reviews cannot be submitted anonymously.

Your Review & Rating

This information will be published on the website.


(Please edit if you wish, but it is now our policy not to publish the surname of the reviewer)

(Please note we only accept reviews from the connections displayed in the drop down. We do NOT accept reviews from staff or people with a professional connection with the care home/service)

Extremely UNLIKELY

Unlikely

Neither Unlikely or Likely

Likely

Extremely LIKELY

Don't know

Please avoid using names and enter a minimum of 100 and maximum of 1,000 characters - Currently 0 characters.
Reviews must comply with our Review Policy Content Standards (eg are relevant, informative, civil and do not contain allegations of abuse, negligence or criminal activity).

Please complete each of the following options

I certify this is my genuine opinion and in submitting it I agree to the terms and conditions on carehome.co.uk/terms.
Please note we have zero tolerance for fraudulent reviews, for more info please refer to the Fraudulent Reviews section in our Review Policy

Awards / Recognitions

April 2017

Top 20 Large Care Home Groups 2017

Recipient: B&M Care Ltd

Date: Saturday 01 Apr 2017

more details

Job Vacancies

Staff Profiles

There are no staff profiles posted yet

Care Home Idol 2016

There are currently no Care Home Idol entrants who have performed at Tara's Retreat Residential Care Home