Humphry Repton House

Humphry Repton House, The Bristol Dementia Care Centre, brings together a wide range of specialist dementia care services.

Humphry Repton House
Address Thornfield Road
Contact Wendy Atkinson, Referrals Coordinator
0117 970 9362
Places 45
Take a walk through this home

Take a walk through this home

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Exciting future for Humphry Repton House

Whether it's information and advice, home care assistance, or intensive residential nursing home care, Humphry Repton House offers the highest quality service.

The service encompasses:

  • A person-centred approach to providing care for people with dementia
  • Encouragement and support for relatives and carers to be involved with the care planning process.
  • A highly skilled staff team providing a broad range of services including nursing care, medical support and social, practical and emotional support for people with dementia, their families and carers.
  • Active programme of engagement, stimulating memory and maximising people's abilities.
  • Safe and secure outdoor environment including sensory and 'footprints' garden.

"A calm, light environment where residents can gain a sense of home and community."



Specialist Nursing Home Care

Humphry Repton House is a specialist nursing home which provides care for 45 people with moderate to severe dementia.

The experienced staff team at Humphry Repton have expertise in caring for people with very complex needs, challenging behaviours and other conditions with dementia-like symptoms, such as Huntington's Disease and brain injury.

The home provides 24 hour registered nurse coverage. The residence is organised around four wings, each staffed by its own dedicated team. Each resident has a single bedroom and each wing has a separate lounge/living area.

Three wings are single storey, each accommodating 10 residents, all in single rooms with a door to the garden. Each wing has its own sanitary and bathing facilities and large sitting/dining area. All bedrooms are single occupancy and families are encouraged to personalise their relatives' rooms with, for example, a 'special chair', piece of small furniture or photographs on the walls, so that it becomes 'their room'.

The fourth wing has 13 bedrooms. The wing has its own bathing and toilet facilities, clinic, lounges, dining area, kitchenette and nursing station. Rooms are based around a 'street' in the corridor. The street has blue skies painted on the ceiling, a small 'shop' and a pub. Each bedroom door has a number as in a regular street.

Humphry Repton House sweet shop

With staff support, residents are able to move freely around the different communal areas and to enjoy the gardens. There are two gardens at Humphry Repton House, a sensory garden with a water feature creating a relaxing sound, different textures on the ground and plants with distinctive smells and colours.

The second garden is a large 'foot prints' garden with memorabilia such as a red telephone box, a seaside square, an old car, post box and a bus stop.

The philosophy of care at Humphry Repton House is to aim to provide a home for life, irrespective of adverse changes in mental and physical health. The home aims to provide residents with choice, respect and to treat them as equals. Care is based on the recognition that each person is unique.

Relatives are actively encouraged to become involved in putting together care plans. Milestones Trust also carries out relative satisfaction audits annually to ensure everyone is happy with the care provided.

"Creating a homely environment is of paramount importance to us. People live here and it’s their home. We aim to make it a good place to live."

Terry Ford, General Manager


There are Activity Co-ordinators based at the home who organise activities for residents according to their preference and care plans.

Many residents enjoy gardening and the home has raised flower beds to enable people to plant flowers and seeds.

Other activities include painting, crafts, DIY, cookery sessions, reading and reminiscence.

The home regularly holds parties for events such as people's birthdays and for national celebrations such as the Royal Jubilee and Royal Wedding.

The home also has its own 'hairdressers' which clients can visit when the hairdresser comes to the home.

Humphry Repton House


"It's about having things in the environment that enable reminiscence. The environment itself has things people might engage with."

Deb Stone, Dementia Lead 

Reminsance work is ongoing. The home plays music that might be pertinent to different age groups, old TV programmes and films and has items in the home environment which people can see and engage with. 

There are visual prompts for daily routines too. For example, the breakfast table is laid out every morning reminding people of their daily routine. Newspapers are delivered every day and often people sit at the breakfast table with a cup of tea reading the paper. 

Staff know the residents well and often use activities as a way to reminisce with someone about their past, for example rolling out dough with a resident who worked as a chef. 

A catholic priest visits HRH on a monthly basis for Holy Communion. A multi-denominational service is held on a monthly basis. 

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