Priory Orchid Lawns Care Home

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About this location

Orchid Lawns Care Home is located in the village of Steppingley, in Bedfordshire. Our home offers specialist nursing and dementia support for 24 adults, with 24-hour input from registered nurses. We can also offer end of life/palliative care and respite services.

The home offers a specialised Dementia Plus service, which supports people who have dementia who may have complex support needs. Our goal is to support resident to live an active and fulfilled life, with the support of a highly trained nurse-led staff team.

In addition to supporting adults with dementia, we can also assist those who have a range of other conditions, presentations and needs. This includes:

  • Mental health conditions such as schizophrenia
  • Difficulties with communication
  • Behaviours that challenge
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Services at a glance

There are a total of 24 bedrooms at the site. Of these:

All 24 have en-suite facilities
All 24 are on the ground floor

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Amptill Road Steppingley Bedfordshire MK45 1AB

We take the safety and experience of our patients and residents extremely seriously. We have completed our action plan addressing all the areas of concern raised by our regulators.

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About our service

Our facilities and environment

Orchid Lawns is a modern, purpose-built home set on its own grounds, with accommodation split over three corridors: Slipper, Woodrush, and Foxtail. In addition to the accommodation, the home has a range of communal areas for residents to enjoy, including:

  • A large lounge with plenty of seating
  • Dining room
  • Activities room
  • Conservatory
  • Communal wet room

Residents also benefit from our tranquil garden areas, complete with:

  • Secure fencing
  • Lawn
  • Patio area with furniture
  • Shelter
  • Summer house
  • Vegetable patch
  • Water fountain
  • Wheelchair access

We also have specialised equipment within the home, such as a height-adjustable bath, a variety of hoists, and a mobility-adapted minibus to support our residents with their travel needs.

Our bedrooms

All of our bedrooms have been designed to provide maximum comfort to the people we support. The rooms are all furnished and homely, and can be personalised to individual tastes. Each bedroom has:

  • En-suite facilities
  • A fully furnished interior
  • Wheelchair access

Our approach to support

Everybody who lives at Orchid Lawns has their own person-centred care plan, which is co-produced with input from the individual, their family members and professionals involved in their care. We aim to help everyone in our care to make their own choices about the support they receive. This may include support in a number of areas, such as personal care, emotional support, mobility, taking medication, eating and drinking, and accessing the community and enrichment opportunities.

We offer a 24/7 nursing service, plus a specialised Dementia Plus service. In addition, we also have close links with multidisciplinary professionals, who help us ensure the health and wellbeing of the people we support. We have regular visits from a GP and dentist, as well as additional healthcare professionals, where required.


Everyone who lives at Orchid Lawns has their own personalised activities planner and are encouraged to take part in activities which are meaningful and fulfilling to them. Our dedicated team, led by an activities co-ordinator, organise a variety of activities at the home, as well as out in the community. This might include daily activities such as:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Visiting entertainment
  • Relaxing in the garden
  • Themed events
  • Visits from a hairdresser
  • Local trips

Our team

Our support staff are highly experienced in supporting older people. Our in-house team consists of:

  • Service manager
  • Deputy manager
  • Registered nurses
  • Healthcare assistants
  • Activities co-ordinator
  • Cook
  • Housekeepers
  • Maintenance team
  • Administrators

The care team are supported by registered nurses on every shift. In addition, they also receive specialist staff training, designed to meet the needs of each individual we support. This includes:

  • Specialist dementia training
  • Falls champion training
  • Hydration champion training
  • Continence training
  • Managing deterioration training

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At Priory, we want to ensure we provide the very best service to each individual we support. Contact us for more information, or to make a referral.

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About the local area


Orchid Lawns in located semi-rurally, close to the village of Steppingley and the town of Flitwick. Nearby local amenities include:

  • Shops
  • Cafés
  • Restaurants
  • Park
  • Church
  • Nature reserve
  • Events revenue
  • Garden centre

Transport links

Orchid Lawns also has excellent transport links, including:

  • Bus stops near the home with frequent local services including to Milton Keynes
  • A convenient location just a short drive from the M1
  • Flitwick train station is less than a mile away, and offers direct Thameslink connections to Bedford, Brighton, Luton and London
  • Our own minibus

A message from our site leader

Orchid Lawns is always calm and peaceful, very friendly and safe

Orchid Lawns Care Home’s site leader

Comments from our residents and their family and friends

I am happy to be living at Orchid Lawns
Person supported by Orchid Lawns Care Home
I am extremely pleased with the care my husband received at Orchid Lawns
Partner of person supported by Orchid Lawns Care Home

Family and friends FAQs

How does home leave work?

We support family members to ensure our residents can attend home visits and events. With staff support and risk assessments in place, there is no limit to visiting time.

Can friends and families visit?

Friends and family are welcome to visit at any time and participate in the events and activities of the home. We welcome suggestions from families and friends to include in events and to improve the home. We do have a protected meal time, however we welcome those who wish to be present with their loved one during meals.

Will I be involved and kept up to date with the progress of my loved one’s care and support?

We hold monthly meetings with friends and family on a face-to-face basis. In addition, we review care plans every three months, and family and friends are invited to be part of this process.

Will my loved one be able to have a phone or call me?

All residents can call their family and friends from the landline phones at any time. Individuals are able to have their own personal mobile phones, too.

What type of things are families expected to provide, and what is provided by the home?

Bedrooms all come furnished, and our catering team will also supply residents with meals, drinks and snacks. Families are expected to provide personal items such as clothing, toiletries, and décor items to personalise their bedroom.

What are the bedrooms like?

The bedrooms all come furnished with a bed, wardrobe and a chest of drawers. If someone has a special chair or pictures, ornaments or other items of décor, we encourage them to bring them with to personalise their space.

Are external doors kept locked?

Our external doors are kept locked due to the nature of our service, but we do have a large garden which residents can always go out and sit in as they please.

What do residents eat and how do meal times work?

Meals are cooked fresh daily, and we have a dedicated company which supplies us with fresh food. Residents are given choices with their food daily, and food will be served by the chef. Staff are on-hand to support residents during mealtimes.

Dietary needs and preferences will be considered, and where special dietary requirements are present, our chefs can accommodate, as they have been trained to prepare food according to specialist diets.

How does laundry work?

Clothes and bedding are washed on-site by our team, although family and friends are welcome to take laundry home to wash if they wish to do so. Each individual has their own box in the laundry room, where their washed clothes are kept before being arranged into their wardrobe. Nonetheless, we do recommend that personal items are properly labelled.

Is there anything they can’t bring or have?

We may place restrictions on items where risks cannot be appropriately managed. Medications are stored centrally by our team. We ask that you do not bring valuables such as family heirlooms.

Are pets allowed?

Unfortunately we don't allow pets to live in.

How do activities work?

We have an activities co-ordinator, who organises a variety of home activities. Our team will deliver bespoke activities, which are personalised to each resident’s individual hobbies and interests.

Do residents and families have an input into the care plans?

Families will be involved in the development of support plan for their loved one at the point of them coming to live with us. We will review these regularly with families to ensure they are always kept up-to-date and reflect the individual’s needs.

What are the car parking facilities?

Our home has a free car parking area.

What is the smoking policy?

There is a dedicated smoking and vaping sheltered area outside the building. Our staff team will always accompany residents to the smoking shelter to smoke if they need to. Smoking is not permitted inside the building.

What are your fees and how are they funded?

Our fees can vary, and are based on an assessment of each individual's needs. We accept the following funding types: local authority funding, local authority funding and top up, NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding, and private/self-funding. Please note, referrals for NHS or local authority funded services must come from a referring organisation. We recommend contacting your local social care team to attain a referral.

How to make a referral

Our service provides high quality support to people with varying levels of need. Referrals can be made through the individual’s social care team or, if relevant, their local health authority. If you are a professional looking to make a referral, please call us or fill in our enquiry form.

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