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Handford House

27a Cumberland Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3PA

Handford House provides care and support appropriate to the needs of each individual, in a friendly, warm and supportive atmosphere.

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01206 646646

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01473 231111

Warm, friendly and comfortable

Handford House provides a high standard of holistic nursing care provision to each individual living and staying at the home at all times. The home offers a warm, friendly, comfortable and safe environment and we promote and support personal choices and individual care at all times.

Service facilities

  • En-suite bedrooms
  • Gardens
  • Minibus
  • Wifi access
  • Wheelchair access
  • Lift
  • Visiting pod
  • Specialist equipment available
  • Dietary requirements met

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About Handford House

Handford House is situated in the town of Ipswich in Suffolk. It is a home designed to provide comfortable, safe and accessible accommodation. Residents and families are able to enjoy our gardens and two patio areas with raised flower beds and seating available and we have a large activities room with a cinema screen.

Dedicated lounges are available for residents to enjoy daily living activities, relax and unwind. We provide bespoke service to ensure the best quality of person-centred care is provided to all of our residents. We support social, psychological and spiritual needs alongside clinical and care support to enable individuals to lead the life they wish, where possible.

Activities and entertainment

We ensure that our daily activities provide stimulation and a sense of wellbeing. We believe that activities are a fundamental part of our residents’ lives. Activities are always tailored and designed to benefit each individual. Our aim is to always help improve quality of life and create a stimulating, friendly environment where each person has the choice of opportunity to contribute.

We involve residents in the planning of our weekly activities timetables and offer one-to-one bespoke and tailored opportunities as requested. We’re also passionate about keeping our homes and residents at the heart of the local community, working closely with community groups, schools and other community connections to keep residents involved in local activities.

Some of our regular activities include:

  • Mind body and soul sessions
  • Gardening club
  • Baking club
  • Book Club
  • Movement to music
  • Weekly minibus trips
  • Shopping trips

Dining is an essential part of the care package we provide to our residents, not only from a general health and wellbeing perspective, but we believe residents should be able to enjoy eating what they want, when they want.

Each floor has designated dining areas which are dressed and maintained to provide a pleasant and enjoyable eating experience. We look, listen and hear the views, opinions and wishes of all our residents, their families and friends in the home to enable them to contribute to ensuring meals we provide are to their expectations.

Dining is a restaurant style. Meal times are flexible and the menus offer choice and variety. Residents may request food not on the menu by discussion and arrangement with the chef. Our chef fully assesses all dietary needs, including likes and dislikes, allergies. special diets, through to preferred portion sizes and mealtimes.

Our catering team prides itself on producing food of the highest quality, using local suppliers to create fresh, homemade dishes each day.


Handford House is located very close to Ipswich town centre, allowing for residents and families to visit the town for a trip to the local shops or restaurants.

Ipswich is the oldest Anglo-Saxon town in England and steeped in history – you’d be hard pushed to move far in the town centre without seeing something worth stopping for. Visitors to the area can enjoy a walk around the historical town, a visit to Handford House or time spent enjoying the local shops and eateries.

Health and wellness

The health and wellness of our residents is very important and we work closely in partnership with local health and wellness professionals to ensure every resident is able to lead a full and enriched life. We welcome visiting professionals such as GPs, chiropodists, opticians and can arrange visits to other professionals if and when it may be required.


Our visiting pod in the garden, with its two entrance points, protective Perspex screens, intercom system and a nurse call button, allows us to safely facilitate visits from friends and relatives when our infection control procedures prevent us from welcoming visitors into the home itself.

Our accommodation

Arranged over two floors, our 52 bedrooms can be personalised to make them a real home-from-home, and residents are able to enjoy a selection of lounges, dining rooms and well-kept gardens for relaxing, socialising and entertaining.

All of our bedrooms are provided ready-furnished with the essentials for instant comfort, and we happily encourage our residents to bring their own treasured furnishings and belongings if they would like to do so.

Our maintenance manager works hard to ensure all residents feel at home; Andy works on a personal basis to re-decorate bedrooms for each new resident in any which way they may choose; to suit their tastes and wishes.

Amongst our range of well-equipped areas and facilities, there’s always space for quiet contemplation, or for enjoying the company of kindred spirits, and for relishing in interests and pursuits.

Our in-house hairdressing and beauty salon provides the perfect sanctuary to keep our residents feeling their best, whilst our vast gardens, bordered by flower beds and mature trees, offer an al fresco setting to enjoy anything from regular exercise to taking tea.

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      Terms and Conditions

      If you will be funding your stay privately, please click here to view our Resident Contract of Admission for Self-Funders.

      If a Local Authority may be funding your stay, please click here to view our Resident Terms and Conditions for a Local Authority Funded Stay.

      Your Local Authority might locate/suggest a care home that is/your Local Authority believes is suitable to meet your care and support needs, that is of a lower cost than our required weekly fee. In this circumstance the Local Authority is unlikely to agree to fully fund your stay if you choose to select our care home instead of the less expensive establishment it has sourced for/suggested to you. In this event, private ‘top-up’ payments will be necessary in order to address the shortfall between our weekly fee and the weekly fee funding available from/offered by your Local Authority.

      An additional top-up payment will almost certainly be required if you select, or we only have available, a non-standard room in the care home and your Local Authority is only prepared to pay for a standard room. If you select, or we only have available, a non-standard room in the care home, the additional cost for that non-standard room will have to be met by top-up payments.

      Owing to the fact that your financial means will have been assessed by your Local Authority, it is very likely that the Local Authority will require private top-up payments to be made by a third party from their own funds. Although the Guidance to the Care Act 2014 states that a Local Authority ought itself collect top-up payments, some require us to collect such payments on their behalf. Should the Local Authority require us to collect top-up payments, we would issue the third party who is to fund the top-up with a contractual agreement for their review and signature.

      If a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) may be funding your stay, please click here to view our Resident Terms and Conditions for a CCG Funded Stay.