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4 Old Barn Close


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Gawcott, Buckingham, MK18 4JH

4 Old Barn Close is an adapted bungalow providing residential care for four people with learning disabilities in need of additional behavioural support. For the residents this is their home and so the caring and experienced staff team aim to support them to live as independently as possible and ensure they have opportunities to participate and live an enjoyable and fulfilling life. Being a long-term home, the staff are able to build their understanding of the residents’ needs and preferences and work to meet those needs to provide high quality, personalised support. All care is person-centred and dedicated to promoting independence and choice.

The residents at 4 Old Barn Close have complex needs and behaviours which can challenge. All residents are encouraged and supported to add personal touches to their rooms and to get involved in the day-to-day running of the home, from helping to prepare meals to sorting their laundry. We encourage resicents to get involved in the community  where they can and to develop and maintain relationships, friendships and contact with families. Family members and friends are always welcome to visit. Residents are also encouraged to visit family members, including staying with them overnight, if they wish.

All our residents are treated with the upmost dignity and respect and we are dedicated to providing top quality personal care tailored to the needs of each individual resident. Staff are fully qualified in all aspects of personal care. We  value and promote equality and welcome diversity.

For more information about the support we provide please get in touch with Hightown House.

Registration summary

Managers: Fiona Hull
Registration Date: 10 January 2011
Last CQC inspection: 5 September 2018
Local Authority: Buckinghamshire
Specialist care categories: Caring for adults over 65 yrs • Caring for adults under 65 yrs • Learning disabilities • Physical disabilities
Number of beds: 4

CQC Rating for 4 Old Barn Close

Where this care home can improve

Ratings are provided by Care Quality Commission (CQC) and reflects the most recent report for this care home, which was published on 4 October 2018.

See CQC's page explaining ratings for more details about ratings and inspection practices of care homes in England.

Services offered at 4 Old Barn Close

Residential - Shared Spaces

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  • Good access to public transport links:
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The dedicated staff team regularly organise activities in-house. Staff members also ensure that residents remain active in the community, undertaking enjoyable activities which the residents choose. Due to their high support needs all residents are supported by two staff members to one resident when they are out in the community and full risk assessments are always completed.


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Residential - Your Room

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There is a garden on site allowing the residents to spend time outdoors during dry weather if they wish. All residents have TV’s in their rooms and are encouraged to watch programmes they enjoy, play video games or listen to music. There is also a communal lounge with a television, allowing the residents to socialise together. All meals are served in the dining room and this again allows residents to engage with each other whilst enjoying nutritious foods which meet their dietary needs.


The home has good relations with local healthcare professionals and the community learning disability team, ensuring that all the residents have the best multi-disciplinary care. The home is not adapted for wheelchair users as the corridors are too narrow.


The home has its own vehicle enabling staff to organise day trips based on the residents’ preferences, including to the zoo, bowling, boat trip, seaside.


Residents are supported to go on holidays to locations of their choice if they wish. This allows them the opportunity to visit other places and undertake activities they enjoy, such as visiting the seaside. Residents are supported 24 hours a day on holidays and full risk assessments are completed in order to ensure their safety and enjoyment.

Residential - health and lifestyle

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