Tel: 01787 472170
21/29 Dooley Road, Halstead, Essex, CO9 1JW


Our reassuring response to Coronavirus:

We are pleased to say that our home is Covid-free. As such, viewings may take place, and new residents are able to move in safely. We are pleased to enable garden visits for our current residents and their families and friends.

Our kind and compassionate care team has completed bespoke Covid-19 training and our extra precautionary infection prevention and control measures means that we are operating very safely to best protect those we care for.

We continue to follow all Government guidelines and have an ongoing supply of PPE. Covid-19 testing kits are available in addition to the testing already completed, and we regularly monitor the general health of everyone in our home to ensure a good, person-centred service.

Your Care in Our Hands

Blackthorns care home is a 58 bed home situated in the rural village of Halstead in North Essex. This spacious, newly refurbished Halstead care home provides expert care for older people, including those living with dementia. Facilities available for the enjoyment of residents and their guests include a café, comfortable and sociable dining area, several beautiful lounges and a lounge diner, a salon, corridor snugs and several courtyard seating and gardening areas.

We strive to create a varied and enjoyable environment at Blackthorns, and carers listen carefully to what you would like to do to make the day pleasurable and memorable.  All of the bedrooms are beautifully furnished, with 22 benefitting from en-suite bathroom facilities and we also have a dedicated area for dementia care, designed to enable those we care for to maintain their independence in a safe environment.

We take great pride in our activities, and our activities programme ensures that residents remain stimulated and engaged. Our Wellbeing Lead takes into account resident’s hobbies, needs and interests, to ensure that the programme includes and entertains everyone. In addition, Blackthorns has a secure courtyard, in which carers encourage outside activities, for those who love to be outdoors. 

Why Choose Us?

 At Blackthorns , our aim is to practise ‘person centred’ care for all our residents, and our trained staff are available 24 hours a day to meet your needs.

 We understand the value of individuality, so you will be able to personalise your accommodation with special familiar items you may wish to have around you, such as a favourite chair or pictures to go on the wall.

 We take pride in our activities programme, and you will have the option to join in organised activities if you wish to do so. Your hobbies or pastimes will be reignited or maintained, in addition to a whole variety of activities and entertainment to provide stimulation and fun.

  Mealtimes are, to many, the highlight of the day and all of our meals are made of fresh produce, prepared by our own chefs and catering teams. We undertake to provide a nutritious and balanced diet around your preferences; we like our residents to have a say in what they eat as they did at home.

Choosing a care home can be a delicate process, and Runwood Homes are here to support you in your search. Why not come and visit us at Blackthorns, take a look around and meet our caring team. We wish to understand everything that is important to you, so on your visit we will discuss your needs and how best we can meet them, as well as giving you the opportunity to look around and ask questions. If you are unable to visit, we will arrange for a staff member to call on you at your home or other place of your choosing at your convenience.  

We look forward to welcoming you to Blackthorns soon.


What our clients have to say about us

We have been extremely pleased with the level of care which has been given to my grandmother since she came to Blackthorns three months ago. The staff have been very professional at all times and any concerns have been dealt with immediately. We would not hesitate to recommend this care home to other people.
Juie R (Granddaughter of Resident)

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21/29 Dooley Road

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01787 472170

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01787 476342

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