About the Home

Our residential care home provides accommodation for 35 residents. Overlooking Knowle Park it has extensive well-maintained gardens with summerhouses. It is close to woodland and the local nature reserve. The village centre of Knowle with shops, pubs, restaurants and churches is within walking distance.

Built in 1902 as an Edwardian ‘gentleman’s residence’, it first became a school after the war but was later gifted to the Council for education or healthcare.

In 1963 it was purchased by Knowle Old Peoples Welfare Charity for the provision of care for the elderly in Knowle.

In 2003 the charity became Jobs Close Residential Home for the Elderly, a company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital. 

In 2002, following local fund raising, the buildings were extended to the east to provide en-suite facilities to all bedrooms and improved leisure facilities.

in In 2018 we invested nearly £1 million of the charity’s money (including a substantial legacy from Dorothy Ledbrook) to extend and modernise the main building.

This proved to be a particularly timely investment as it has made caring in a time of Covid much more manageable.

Corridors were widened and extensive improvements made to communal lounges, the medical room, sitting rooms and bathrooms.

There are also two summer houses in the grounds which are used to facilitate visiting while the Covid pandemic continues.

As of July 2021 our Home has not had any Covid associated deaths.

Staff are tested for the virus on a weekly basis and residents monthly.

Our current visiting policy (within national rules) is agreed with residents and their families.

We provide an appetising and healthy diet using fresh produce. Alternatives meals are always available on request. Special diets are catered for.  Each room has a telephone point and TV socket for residents personal use.

A hairdressing salon is situated on the first floor, and (under normal circumstances) a number of hairdressers visit on a weekly basis.

There is WiFi throughout the home and additional information technology has been provided to enable residents to communicate with their families using video conferencing.

The home employs an Activities Co-ordinator to help stimulate any interests the residents have in art or craft work, competitions of various forms, and outings to the theatre, garden centres or shopping trips.

Potential residents are most welcome to visit the Home and view the facilities

Normally the home hosts a number of social events to introduce potential residents to the facilities.  Eileen Carlton, Home  Manager, welcomes enquiries at any time and can give a guided video tour of the accommodation.