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Welcome to Blackwell Vale

Durdar Road, Blackwell,

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Blackwell Vale

You’ll find Blackwell Vale Care Home situated a short drive from Carlisle city. We are close to local shops and the nearest bus stop, making us easily accessible for visitors to pop-in for a chat.

Our Care team provides nursing care for people living with complex medical needs, as well as 24-hour nursing dementia care provided by specialist teams trained in the complexities of looking after those living with dementia, who may also have other long-term medical conditions. We also provide residential care for those who need a little help with daily tasks, and residential dementia care, where we support residents to maintain their independence and individuality, encouraging social activity and building relationships within the home.

Our home is only a short distance from Upperby Park, which makes for a lovely day out for residents and their loved ones to spend quality time together.

At Blackwell Vale our residents love to explore and enjoy our beautiful sensory gardens, which we have found to be most beneficial to our residents.

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Daily Life

Life at Blackwell Vale is again dictated by our service users. It is a relaxed family feel with lots of activities. We are very much part of the community and involve ourselves with whatever is happening out there within the community such as going to see the weeping window at the castle. Intergenerational programmes where our service users have become pen-friends with children from our local youth zone and joining them in the community for a fifties night etc. We have themed days such as Burns Night, St Patricks Day, St Davids day and St Georges day where we have entertainment to suit the cullture of the day and the menus for those days would be traditional Scottish, Irish, Welsh or English. We have flower arranging, exercise to music, pantomimes, music halls and the usual bingo and quizzes etc along with gardening groups, knitting groups, cooking groups and pamper groups. Whatever is decided by our service users.

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Food is cooked fresh on the premises and the menus are dictated by our residents who discuss regularly the menu options at their involvement meetings. These are fed back to our Chef who accommodates the service users wishes and adapts the menus to suit. The dining rooms are spacious, warm and inviting and give our service users another opportunity for get together mealtime chats. Blackwell Vale take nutrition very seriously, offer a wide varied, colourful and tasty diet but one that is tasty and nutritionally sound.

" My father has been in the care home a few days. So far I cannot rate the staff and care so highly. They are so caring and helpful. "

Brian D (Son of Resident)

" My husband is very well looked after. The carers are all very good and very helpful to my husband. He is very happy, even with his mental problems, and very settled. No complaints. "

M R (Wife of Resident)

" Lovely staff, nothing ever too much trouble. My mam seems to be settling in nicely. All meals are homemade and always a good choice. The room is nicely furnished, clean and bright. "

L L (Daughter of Resident)


Wendy Carruthers

The Registered Home Manager at Blackwell Vale is Wendy Carruthers. Wendy has worked in the field of Care for many years and still enjoys every aspect of this. Wendy believes that every individual deserves the right to a warm, loving, safe and caring environment. Wendy is extremely proud of the team she has at Blackwell Vale and believes that they do an excellent job and it is through them, that the home has built its reputation as being a good place for people to come and receive 24 hour care. They are very much a team and support each other. Wendy’s door is always open and you can come and visit her at any time.

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