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Located in a quiet area of the pretty village of St Ives in Cambridgeshire, Rheola Care Home is an attractive 1930s building with a light, modern extension, and provides a high standard of respite care and long-term residential care, residential dementia care and end of life care.

Our team members, many of whom live in St Ives and the surrounding areas of Huntingdon and Godmanchester, get to know each of the special individuals who live with us really well. Understanding each person’s likes, dislikes and personal preferences enables us to provide person-centred care which is sensitively tailored to each person. 

It’s all part of our family-run home’s vision of living a happy, healthy and fulfilled quality of life.

“My father was treated with such care, kindness and dignity. We were impressed that health visitors and social workers who visited said that if they needed care, Rheola is where they would like to live.”

Relative of Resident

“My great-grandmother was a resident at Rheola many years ago, and when my mother needed to go into care, we knew exactly where. Mum is very happy there and enjoys the trips out and entertainment that comes to the home. Staff are wonderful and always have a cheerful word for the residents. Anyone looking for a facility for a loved one is fortunate indeed if a room is available here.”

Relative of Resident

“I highly recommend Rheola to everyone. The staff are very professional and provide diligent care and are always available for a chat with the residents. Nan continues to talk about how much she enjoyed her time there. Thank you to all for making her feel like part of the Rheola family.”

Relative of Respite Resident

“Our heartfelt thanks go to Rheola Care Home... The staff there are second to none. They cannot do enough for the residents and their families when they visit.”

Relative of Resident

“Everyone here looks very happy, David is looked after and sometimes quite spoilt!”


At a Glance

Our Home
  • 42 bedrooms, of which 11 feature an en-suite wet-roomte, situated in 4 care suites, arranged over 2 floors 
  • Quiet room
  • Cinema room
  • Large garden with mature fruit trees
  • Wheelchair accessible throughout the home
  • A number of small kitchens – perfect for visitors to make themselves at home
  • Visitors welcome throughout the day
  • Wi-Fi available
  • Pet visits, by arrangement
  • Car parking
Services and Support
  • Residential care
  • Residential dementia care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Visiting Chiropodist and Optician
  • Hairdressing salon
  • Own GP, if required
  • Freshly prepared meals cooked within the home, wine served with dinner
  • Full activities programme including movement to music exercise classes, live entertainment, arts and crafts, pen pal scheme, church services and regular daytrips to local attractions and the theatre.

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A friendly, supportive place to live

Excelcare-Rheola-Care-Home-P1.jpgRheola Care home is situated in a quiet road close to the centre of the pretty market town of St Ives, five miles east of Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire. Known for its patient, compassionate and supportive team, it’s our dedication that really set us apart from other homes.

We focus not just on offering expert care, but also on helping residents to really blossom, with an ongoing enrichment programme that makes every day special. A unique community feeling between our team, residents and the people closest to them, is part of Rheola’s great charm. 
As we appreciate living with dementia is difficult for family members too, we are always on hand to help them offer our support and advice. Our experienced Carers share research and practical knowledge to develop coping strategies and bring our families great peace of mind. It’s part of our supportive approach to care, which considers the ongoing wellbeing of the entire family.

Our small home’s two floors are divided into four suites, enabling our team to form close bonds with each resident, giving really personal attention to each individual and becoming part of their extended family. 

With less than 12 people living in each suite, it provides great opportunities for residents to support each other too, discovering common interests and striking up close friendships with one another. 

Every day is a great day

Excelcare-Rheola-Care-Home-P2.jpgAt Rheola, we aim to make every day special, giving the people who live here the chance to build relationships and develop a real sense of belonging. 

Our Lifestyle Coordinator brings us an inspiring range of events and activities based on residents existing hobbies and things they might like to try – supporting them to keep learning and moving, developing new skills and creating opportunities for positive social interaction. 

We run regular sing-a-long evenings to tap into memory, organise film screenings and visiting entertainers to bring joy, and hold quiz and bingo afternoons to keep residents’ minds sharp. Our popular and fun movement to music exercise classes promote agility, and we have regular trips on our guided bus to share days out at local places of interest.

Those living here also love interacting with different generations, and so we have several schemes to bring together people of different ages. Our young carer work experience programme sees teenagers spending quality time with residents during activities such as arts and crafts sessions and quizzes whilst children from local schools visit regularly for sing-along sessions and play afternoons, boosting positivity and communication skills. 

We pride ourselves on our mealtimes at Rheola too, where everyone gathers in our spacious dining rooms to enjoy home-cooked meals freshly prepared by our wonderful catering team. Menus feature residents’ favourites as well as cater for dietary needs and cultural preferences. As we like to celebrate occasions, our chefs create special menus for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Diwali and Christmas, as well as their famous birthday cakes. Family members are always welcome to join us, whether for a special occasion, lunch or afternoon tea. 

It makes Rheola a place where we always find something to feel good about.

A warm and homely atmosphere

Excelcare-Rheola-Care-Home-P3.jpgThe unique community feeling at warm and friendly Rheola is why residents feel relaxed, peaceful and right at home.

Each suite has a communal living room and dining area which are sensitively designed to feel cosy and intimate. The homely décor and furnishings are particularly beneficial to people who are living with dementia – creating an intimate environment in which they can become familiar with and feel safe in. 

Residents’ bedrooms are there to provide a relaxing space to call their own with individuals encouraged to personalise them with their own precious belongings and small items of furniture, if they wish.

Our large garden is designed to stimulate the senses, with evocative plants that residents can smell and touch, making it a therapeutic place for residents to sit, interact and reminisce. Walnut, pear and apple trees make it a favourite spot for fruit picking, and our kitchens use the produce in delicious pies and jams. 

A calm, relaxing atmosphere can also be found in our quiet room, where residents can read, relax and nod off – or write a letter to a new friend as part of our penpal scheme.

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Rheola is located in the attractive market town of St Ives in Cambridgeshire, around 5 miles east of Huntingdon. Within walking distance of the local town centre shops, cafés and twice-weekly market. We are just a five-minute walk to the bus stop which has regular services into Huntingdon and Cambridge. St Ives is close to the A14 and A141, and within a 15-minute drive of the A1 for easy access. 

There are plenty of local places of interest that make a great day trip, including the wonderful walks at Holt Island Nature Reserve, the National Trust owned Houghton Mill and Ramsey Abbey, or you can venture further to beautiful Cambridge, Oundle and Northampton. 

Facebook-button.jpgHome Manager: Elizabeth Edgar

Rheola Care Home
Broad Leas
St Ives 
Cambridgeshire PE27 5PU

Tel: 01480 375163

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