The Retreat Care Home in Plymouth, Devon

Residential Care Home Environment

We opened The Retreat, our first Residential Care Home located in Plymstock, Plymouth, Devon, in 1998.  It is our mission to help dispel your doubts and difficulties. At The Retreat, our Plymouth Care Home, we provide residents with individual care and attention of the highest standard in a safe, homely environment. We pride ourselves on our happy and welcoming atmosphere and have a long track record of caring for the elderly. 

The environment here is so warm and friendly that The Retreat feels like a comfortable hotel. Family and friends are always welcome.  You can dine with us, for instance; and there are no rigid visiting hours.

We enhance the quality of life of our residents through the provision of varied social activities.  But nobody is forced to join in.  Many of our residents will prefer a quiet walk in the gardens, or to sit quietly engaged in conversation, or to simply read a book.

You will find that our home smells nice; and has a really good feel as soon as you walk in the door.

We are located in a quiet area of Plymouth, in an old manor house with large grounds. Our residents are free to walk in the gardens; and some even get involved in the gardening or picking flowers and flower-arranging.  The Retreat is a Grade 2* Listed building; and has many original Georgian features.

CQC overall rating of The Retreat Care Home



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The Retreat Care Home has an independent Quality Review Score of 9.604

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

a) The Average Rating is 4.6 out of 5 from 16 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for The Retreat Care Home in Google's Search Results

b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 6 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

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Care Home Philosophy

The Retreat Care Home is totally committed to creating a loving, happy, active and caring environment for the elderly and frail.

Our residential care home encourages the independence of our residents. Each resident has their own Key Worker, who will is responsible for providing their bespoke support and companionship. 

Expressing individuality is so important for emotional, intellectual and spiritual well-being. Everybody is treated with respect and dignity. We respect the individual right to get up and go to bed when they want, when to eat and drink, and what to do during the day. Nobody is forced to partake in activities or to eat at set times.

A safe and secure environment is provided; with the most up-to-date call bell system, fall and movement sensors and door alarms. There is good security with external cameras and many other safety devices and features. All personal care is geared to the wishes of the residents; and is recorded on our Care Control iPads; with personal details securely saved on external servers.

We have excellent medication procedures with lockable medication cabinets in each room. We also have excellent continence control procedures; and this along with our pressure relieving mattresses and carer vigilance, helps prevent pressure sores.

 In our care home, staff communication and listening skills are essential.  We have regular resident’s meetings and two Well-Being Champions; resident and staff representatives.

We Specialise in Providing a Sensible Care Home Environment

At our Care Home we provide a high standard of care for up to twenty residents. Most are elderly and frail, and enjoy the secure, homely environment of The Retreat. Some people come to live with us because they want companionship.

We also care for elderly people suffering from mild confusion or short-term memory loss, and for those who are physically weak or have mobility problems.

Respite care can also be provided when we have the room.

We provide the mental, emotional and physical stimulation so necessary to ward off the onset of serious dementia conditions. We pride ourselves in having the right people skills and being successful in engaging constructively with our care home residents.

Why choose our Residential Care Home?

The Retreat Care Home provides 24-hour care and support to help you maintain your chosen lifestyle, adapting to any change in your care needs.  We use care software that ensures our care practice is aligned to Care Quality Commission requirements.  Families can access the software from a distance to assure themselves that vital care tasks are being undertaken by our professionally trained staff.

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If you pay us a visit, we're confident that you will be very pleasantly surprised - the atmosphere is light and welcoming.

Nutritional needs are met and meal quality is closely monitored...

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Our Care Home Residents Enjoy Life

The residents of our Plymouth Care Home lead full, satisfying lives - we understand how vital it is for the elderly to feel that they are still in control. At The Retreat, residents are encouraged to remain independent, to keep their self-respect and their personal privacy.

All our care staff, keyworkers, team leaders and management, want our residents to be happy.  They can freely express themselves.  We listen to all suggestions and complaints in a positive manner.

They will pay careful attention to what each resident communicates with regard to how they wish to occupy themselves each day. Activities are not confined to the published weekly activities but are offered on a bespoke basis. Each person decides for themselves what will give satisfaction in their life.

Many pleasant memories are re-experienced by visits to some of our Plymouth landmarks, such as the Barbican and Saltram House.

What makes our Care Home so special?

  • Personal Care supported by Community Nurses
  • Management are supervised  and well-led by Susie Constantine, RGN
  • We can treat Diseases, Disorders and Injuries
  • Palliative Care is provided
  • The best care management system
  • Safe medication systems
  • Compassionate, committed and friendly staff
  • Large, light bedrooms with  toilets, bathrooms  and wet rooms
  • Latest safety devices, sensors and call bell system
  • Home-cooked food prepared to suit client choice
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Testimonials about the best Care Home in Plymouth - The Retreat

Dear Susan and Paul,

Just a note to let you know how much Sally and I appreciated all that you did for my father during the whole time that he stayed with you.

Harold had the best possible last year of his life with you at The Retreat, the best Care Home in Plymouth. You were kind and thoughtful to an old man who had not learned to expect too much from either of those attributes, and I know his occasional tears in your house were tears of gratitute at your loving care. I can't say how much I admire what the two of you do from day to day. You have such courage and you do so much good work.

Harold is looking back on you now with gratitude that I know is very profound.

Love to you both, Colin.

Dear Sue and Paul

It is with regret that we have to inform you that Alan now needs nursing care.  We thank you for your help, support and kindness to Alan and ourselves.  We are sorry that he has to leave your care; you and your staff were wonderful.

Thank you for everything, Dennis & Kay

To Sue and Staff of "The Retreat Residential Care Home"

Dear All,

Thank you so very much for all the kindness and care you gave Margaret (Foster) during her stay with you. I am sure that she felt more secure and peaceful in the love you gave her during her last years.

We do not know how to repay such kindness but hope the enclosed may be a useful contribution towards your Christmas or New Year lunch together, or whatever may please you, and a token of our sincere appreciation for your wonderful care.

Many, many thanks
Lillian, Andy, Stephen & David (Margaret's sister and family) & with all best wishes to everyone in the continued care and priceless gifts you give.

To Sue and Paul,

I would like to express my gratitude and thanks for your care and unstinting attention that you, your family and staff have always given me.

Love from Hilda.

The best Care Home in Plymouth versus Home Care

A high standard Care Home such as The Retreat, the best Care Home in Plymouth, is an excellent alternative to Home Care. But if you are looking for a good specialist live in carer, supervised by an agency, we recommend that you contact our sister company Sunshine Care (see

For any question regarding our Care Home you can call our advisers on 0800 955 0069 or send an email to

Or come and see for yourself that The Retreat is the best Care Home in Plymouth, Devon! You can visit us and discuss what we can offer you. Our address is: The Retreat Care Home, Belle Vue Road, Hooe, Plymstock, Plymouth, Devon, UK, PL9 9NR. 

We look forward to meeting you!