Garston Lane
OX12 7AX
United Kingdom

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A warm welcome to our home

  • Residential Care
  • Respite Care

Set in peaceful and beautifully tended grounds, the home is located in a quiet residential location, near to the historic centre of Wantage. The town centre is within walking distance and there are local amenities close by, including a community hospital, health centre, shops, library and museum.

Sitrlings bedroom

Residents can enjoy the daily social activities going on in the central communal areas with the hairdressing salon open during the week. The sensory room and landscaped gardens are often occupied with residents to relax and enjoy time with their family and friends.

Stirlings outside

Each private bedroom is a residents’ personal haven and there are cosy living areas in each of the households, along with kitchenettes and dining rooms. For those who join us for respite care, all of the facilities remain available including individual bedrooms, our delicious home cooked meals and daily activities.

Resident painting

Services & Facilities

Our friendly, professionally trained team are on hand around the clock to support our residents, ensuring they spend their day how they wish and enabling them to enjoy a fulfilling and independent lifestyle.

The attentive care team focus on the individual needs of the residents, with a tailored care plan for each person. Their aim is to improve the quality of life for our residents by creating lovely, comfortable, homely surroundings and by providing care, activities and other services designed around each resident’s needs and wishes.


Meet the team

The talented chef and kitchen team prepare tasty, home-cooked meals on site daily from our own kitchens. We source quality produce for our excellent breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. All-day dining is available for lighter meals and snacks and all dishes are carefully balanced to get the best nutritional value and cater for individual dietary requirements and preferences.


Seasonal produce is chosen whenever possible and of course, relatives and friends are always welcome to join us. The menus change daily and the kettle is always on. Our chef bakes every day so there is always a fresh cake for residents, friends and family to enjoy.

Each of the households has their own small kitchen dining room where residents can take their meals if they wish. Residents are also encouraged to help prepare their own food and to make snacks whenever they choose.

Download sample food menu

Whether it’s wet or dry outside, we at OSJCT feel that activities are essential in providing the best caring environment to live in.

Hobbies don’t simply stop when living with us at Stirlings. We have a dedicated Activities Co-ordinator who works closely with our residents to create a programme of fulfilling activities and events, tailored around each resident’s requests, hobbies and interests. The programme of events and activities provide a source of fun and laughter, to help each resident live their life to the full and make new friendships.

We are also fortunate to have the support of many volunteers of all ages from the local community, strengthening our links to this thriving market town. Here is a sample of activities on offer:

  • Trips to garden centres, cafés, pub’s, sporting events, National Trust parks, wildlife parks, aquariums and museums.
  • Visit from Pets as Therapy Dogs
  • Exercise and wellness activities, for example Seated Yoga, Zumba
  • Fun activities with the local toddler and nursery groups
  • Board game competitions and quizzes
  • Music therapy sessions
  • Gardening
  • Arts and crafts
  • Communal Church services
  • Visit from a pop-up farm including ponies, sheep and goats
  • Visit from Paro, a therapeutic robotic seal

OSJCT Activities Guide

Download sample activities schedule

With so many well-being activities for body and mind on offer, we also recognise that everyone needs some personal space for relaxation and mindfulness for personal reflection. The cosy lounges offer an opportunity for some quiet time or to host family and friends.

And that’s not all:

We’ve had silent discos, hoe downs, Chinese banquets, Oscar parties and so much more.

Many of the activities feature Reminiscence Therapy to aid those living with Dementia to remember events, people and places using sight, touch, taste, smell and sound.

As we are within a vibrant community, there's never a dull moment. We run regular activities for all to join in:

  • Coffee afternoons on Wednesdays
  • Care home open day
  • Summer and Autumn Fetes
  • Christmas Parties

View our full events calendar to see more upcoming events taking place at Stirlings.

December 2023

Care fees vary depending on the level of care required and this will be confirmed upon completion of a care assessment prior to moving into the home.

Below is indicative pricing for self-funded residents per week.

0Care TypeFees FromFees To
£1Residential long term£1235£1285
£2Residential respite£1365£1425

Our home charges self-funder rates for the services we provide. We accept third party top ups for individuals funded by the Local Authority up to the self-funder rate.

We understand that paying for long-term care can often be a complex subject, and with several options available to you it can be confusing. You will find helpful guidance on our Paying For Care page.

Key Facts

The Key Facts document contains information regarding this care home which can be used in comparison with other care homes or can be printed for reference and brought with you when you visit the home.

Meet the team

Activity Coordinator

As Activities Coordinator, Angela is passionate about providing residents at Stirlings with the best possible experiences to enhance their wellbeing. She sees working in care as her calling in life and approaches each day as a new chance to help people.

Angela has almost a decade of experience in coordinating activities in a care environment and has many qualifications supporting her deep knowledge of caring for those with dementia. She takes great satisfaction from helping people to continue with the hobbies and interests they have had their whole lives but equally loves being able to provide them with brand new experiences too.

Whether jumping out of a plane to raise money, completing the Tough Mudder for charity, taking a former ice skater back onto the ice after 50 years, writing poetry with residents or working with Oxford University on a study into therapeutic robots, there is rarely a dull moment in Angela’s line of work. Her great work for the Trust was recognised when Angela was named OSJCT’s Oxfordshire Activity Coordinator of the year in 2016.

Angela finds time to meditate every day and enjoys attending boxing exercise classes and expanding her spiritual interests.

Head of Care

Phoebe is our brilliant Head of Care at Stirlings. She started worked at the home as a Housekeeper in 2018 before successfully applying for a position as a Carer just 9 months later. Such was the success that Phoebe had in the role, that she was promoted to Care Leader after another 9 months. Since September 2022, she has held the role of Head of Care.

Reflecting on her reason for choosing Care as a profession, Phoebe said: “When I was a Housekeeper, I had not long been in the home but had the opportunity to take the residents to Cotswold Wildlife Park – there were a large group of staff and residents, we had a really lovely day and I think that along with spending time with the residents inspired me to become a Carer and enrich the residents lives. I had never worked in Care before but spent a lot of my time as a teenager and young adult caring for my granny, my grandparents brought me up for a lot of my childhood so I have always enjoyed the company of older adults.”

Stirlings as a care home is the perfect environment for Phoebe. “I love the atmosphere; the team are always happy to help each other no matter what and there is a very welcoming feel to the home. I have built very positive working relationships with colleagues, District Nurses, and our GP. We have lovely residents and relatives, and a real feeling of community. We pride ourselves on delivering person-centred care and ensuring our residents enjoy their lives at Stirlings. Working through the pandemic was a pivotal moment of working in health and social care, which will bring and leave its own memories, but it made us a stronger team for working through such uncertain times.”

Outside of work Phoebe enjoys spending time with her miniature dachshund, although he does also enjoy joining her at Stirlings and meeting residents and the team!

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