Townsend House

Townsend House

Bayswater Road
United Kingdom

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A warm welcome to our home

  • Residential Care
  • Respite Care

This traditional home has some lovely newly refurbished communal lounges, where residents can enjoy the company of others, take part in activities or simply sit down and read a good book. 

Townsend Garden

The home is surrounded by a large beautiful and much loved garden, with lots of colourful flowers. Many of our residents love enjoying the outdoor space in the summer months, where they may relax in the shade of the mature trees or play a game of chess on the large outdoor chess board.

Townsend Bedroom

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 to enjoy.

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 Townsend House. 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

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.

The home has strong links with the local community and there's never a dull moment. We run regular activities for all to join in:

  • Coffee mornings
  • Care Home Open Day 
  • Summer and Autumn fetes
  • Christmas parties

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

May 2024

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.

Care TypeFees FromFees To
Residential long term£1235£1285
Residential 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

Home Manager

Laura is the Home Manager at Townsend House. The home has 45 residents that are looked after by a dedicated team of over 50 people which includes Activity Coordinators, Administrative Assistants, catering teams, housekeeping teams and the care team who are led by the Care Leaders and overseen by the Head of Care.

Laura has worked for the Trust since 2010 in a variety of roles, starting as a Care Leader in one of our sister homes and progressing through to Head of Care. Laura was also a Trainee Home Manager before gaining her own knowledge in managing her own care home. She then took on the permanent Home Manager role at Madley Park in 2016, and more recently Townsend House in 2023.

Laura has completed her NVQ level 2 and 3 in Health and Social Care, and her level 5 Diploma in Care Home Management. She has also undertaken several leadership courses. Laura strives to ensure that all the residents are well cared for and are happy and content, she prides herself on being approachable and helpful.


Chris Ruane is the Administrator at Townsend House. Chris joined OJSCT in 2015 and has worked in administration all her life.

Chris has an NVQ Level 3 in Administration, ILM 1 and 2 in Team Work and Management and has an EU Computer Driving Licence.

Chris was introduced to the care industry through a family member who worked for the Trust. Chris loves the diversity of her role as she gets to meet residents, elderly people and their families.

A particularly fond memory of Chris’s with the residents was when she did a memory walk in the gardens of Oxford which she absolutely loved.

Chris’s hobbies include crochet, barbequing, doing jigsaw puzzles and going for long walks. She also loved caravanning with her children when they were younger and growing vegetables with them.

Head of Care

Harry found his calling in the care industry after leaving school and gaining an NVQ2 and 3 in care whilst working in care homes around Oxford. He joined OSJCT as Head of Care at Townsend House in September 2023. He has an extensive background in care and is excited to join the team at Townsend.

He is hoping to progress his career by completing his NVQ level 5 in home management. Harry enjoys working at Townsend House and feels he is settled in well and is an integral part of the team.

When he's not working, he enjoys socialising  with friends.

Activities Coordinator

Jackie is the activities coordinator at Townsend House, Headington. She has been in this role since July 2023.  She loves what she does, it's all about making the residents of Townsend smile and laugh. May it be an activity or a one-to-one.

This is her first adventure in a residential home. She has had a diverse career to-date. For seven years, she was a food service manager, offering breakfast and lunch to customers.

She has also worked for seven years as a reservation agent, one year as a customer service agent and six years as a supervisor on the ramp.

Her passion for many years with a two-year college certificate is Photography. She shoots anything from weddings, family reunions, and events, and was even a sports photographer. Jackie has had a couple of photos published in books and has hundreds of photos out there in the digital world.

She was raised in England until she was 17, then moved to America. She spent 37 years in Utah and moved home to England in May 2023.  She has 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

Her role as an activities coordinator is extremely rewarding. She is  learning a lot every single day working with dementia residents, among others.  She loves the new journey she's on and looks forward to her career with OSJCT and Townsend House.

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