To truly appreciate the wonders of Alderwood in Colchester, Essex, a visit is highly recommended. As Carebase’s most recent residential, nursing and dementia care home to open its doors, Alderwood has all of the state-of-the-art facilities you would expect and more.

Stylish en-suite bedrooms are intelligently designed with nurse call systems and wet room facilities. There’s even the option of selecting a bedroom with a private garden, patio and seating area. And it doesn’t stop there – the rest of the home offers wonderful spaces, all tastefully decorated.

The grounds include a large garden with a putting green, allotments, raised flower beds, all of which are designed for wheelchair user access. The home enjoys the best of both worlds – it looks out on to woodlands and has all the charm Colchester has to offer on its doorstep.

There are bar and brasserie areas which are perfect for residents to socialise in. Families are also encouraged to spend as much time as they wish at the home; in fact, there is a beautifully designed private dining room where residents can entertain intimate family gatherings. We also invite families to the endless events we host.

It is fantastic to be part of a company that puts residents at the centre of everything it does. Alderwood itself is fabulous and a very exciting place to work.

Care Services Manager


Life at Alderwood

Purpose built last year means the residential care home has well thought-out spaces catering to all needs. The well-stocked library and lounge areas are perfect for residents wanting some quiet time, whilst the onsite cinema is popular for enjoying old movies.

The inclusion of a hairdressing salon, and external therapists offering treatments from massage to chiropody, means that residents can have access to facilities they enjoyed living at home, and more.

Alderwood promotes an active lifestyle, with a weekly planned activities programme that is second to none. Residents can enjoy a full and varied day if they so wish. There are exercise classes, a gardening club, a bakery club, reminiscence quizzes, performances from local entertainers and talks on topical subjects where residents have expressed an interest. There is even a writing club where residents write short stories or review short passages.

Those that prefer one-to-one time are not forgotten either. Our team will always find time to chat to residents about current affairs, or whatever takes their fancy.

Alderwood has a private mini bus, which transports residents to an array of wonderful places, whether it’s visiting a museum or simply a pub lunch. We have already forged close links with the community and have arranged for the local priest to carry out a monthly service at the home.

Type of care

  • Nursing care
  • Residential care
  • Specialist dementia care


  • 65 en-suite bedrooms
  • Rooms with private gardens
  • Lounge areas for relaxation
  • Sensory room
  • Library
  • Cinema
  • Private dining space for residents to entertain families
  • Bar
  • Hairdressing Salon
  • Access to external therapists offering aromatherapy, massage, chiropody and beauty treatments


We promote an active lifestyle at Alderwood and a wide variety of activities and events are organised to keep our residents occupied each day.

We have forged close links with the community and are constantly visiting local places of interest, as well as bringing in local entertainers into our home.

An example of our activities.

Monday 11am – Church service
Tuesday 11am – Exercise class
Wednesday 11am – Knitting circle2.30pm – Entertainment from Frankie on his electric piano
Thursday 11am – Excercise class
Friday Day Trip – Buckingham Palace



39 Essex Hall Road

Tel: 01206 899 522

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Each member of the team at Alderwood isn’t just highly trained but possesses a genuine passion in caring for the elderly. Their role involves more than simply providing superb care. It is about ensuring the time the residents spend with us is filled with laughter and lots of fun.


We love to hear from family members and friends about their experiences of life at Alderwood. How they feel about our home, the care we give and the team that make that possible.

Knowing the ways in which we have made a difference and touched the lives of those in our care – and their loved ones – is what keeps us focused on delivering the highest standard of care at all times.

  • Barbara, Lynda & Trevor

    July 31, 2014

    To Nikki & all the staff at Alderwood

    We are so grateful to you for the wonderful care Dad is receiving. He will soon have been with you for 6 months!.

    Thanks for all you do – you’re all wonderful.
    Barbara, Lynda & Trevor

  • Val, a friend of Mary

    July 28, 2014

    To the staff at Alderwood

    A big, big thank you for helping my friends and I give Mary a wonderful birthday afternoon. Mary really enjoyed herself – and I must say, the food was excellent.

    Thank you again,
    Val, a friend of Mary x

  • Barry Byford

    June 30, 2014

    Dear Nikki

    Ann and I are most grateful for the wonderful day you and your staff arranged for Mother’s birthday. The horse and carriage ride was amazing and much enjoyed by us all. Mother must have felt she was queen for the day!

    Also the excellent spread and birthday cake for her afternoon party – this was much appreciated and once again our thanks to you all.

    With kind regards,
    Barry Byford

  • Ali, Andrew, John & Family

    April 2, 2014

    Dear Nikki

    A huge thank you to you and all the lovely staff at Alderwood for making Mum’s 90th Birthday such a special day. Everything was amazing and it must have taken so much time and effort to arrange.

    The Brasserie looked ready for a great party, the food was fit for a queen, the singing and dancing was such fun, and most of all, Mum was thrilled with the whole day and was really made to feel special.

    Thank you for the love and care you give Mum, not just for her birthday, but for every day!
    xxx Ali, Andrew, John & Family

  • Jon Minter

    October 10, 2013

    To the staff on the middle floor at Alderwood Care Home

    On behalf of myself and my sisters, may I use this opportunity to thank you for the care and kindness shown to my father during his stay with you.  I have been constantly amazed by the patience and tolerance that you display at all times.

    I wish you and the residents all the best in the future,
    Jon Minter

  • Mrs C. Milburn

    January 1, 2013

    Dear Matt,

    I sincerely thank you all for your kind care during my few days with you.

    Your cheerful and competent attention to my needs made my stay at Alderwood most comfortable.

    With kind regards,
    Mrs C. Milburn

  • Paul Pelowski

    August 31, 2012

    Dear Matt,

    We just wanted to say how grateful we are for the splendid care which mum recieved at Alderwood and the kindness with which we the family were treated by all the staff.

    You have much to be proud of in that wonderful home and with such a superb, professional and caring staff.

    Thank you so much.
    Paul Pelowski

  • Harry, Catherine and Dominic

    April 17, 2012

    To all the wonderful staff at Alderwood,

    Thank you so much for caring for Gerard with such expertise and compassion.

    Love from Harry, Catherine and Dominic

We are here to help you – please call Alderwood Care Home on 01206 899 522. If you are looking for a job at Alderwood please call our recruitment enquiry line on 0844 332 0599.