The Go-To Company for Care Homes in Stoke on Trent

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This post is a recommendation for a company my family has had experience with for many years. At least three of my elderly relatives from Stoke on Trent have resided at Safe Harbor care homes over the years. All have been very happy, so I thought the company could do with a review.


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Two of my relatives stayed at New Park House and they love(d) it (sadly my grandpa passed away but my Mums cousin is still there). The second one stayed because the first gave such glowing reviews. Staff are pleasant and the whole place feels more like a vibrant, happy residential home rather than a place to ship off unwanted relatives.

My other relative began staying at the newer Haversham House more recently. I have visited both and they are lovely; nice touches all over the place like modern pictures on the walls and new matching furniture. I was part of the “scouting party” for this relative and other places had “that smell”, grotty furniture and carpets and dark rooms. Safe Harbor really seems to of thought things through, hence this glowing review.

The financing options for the elderly in care homes isn’t simple and I left that to others as it was complicated, but apparently Safe Harbor’s three home in the area are competitively priced. Apparently they have a fourth home on the way in Hanley in Stoke on Trent, according to the website. I shall be interested in visiting once open as there are a couple of family members who may require a care home in the not too distant future.

So that’s my little review of Safe Harbor. If you live in Staffordshire or Shropshire I highly recommend including all their homes when you visit a few for an elderly relative. I am sure you will be just as impressed as my family has been.

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