Company Overview

At Ark Care Homes Ltd we believe that the care we provide can only be of the highest quality if we have the best staff to deliver it. By employing the right people, we ensure that we have the expertise to formulate and deliver robust and comprehensive Care Plans which are progressive, individualised and truly person-centred. These include thorough risk assessments, positive behaviour support plans, lifelong learning goals, capacity assessments, best interest decisions and DOLS applications (where appropriate). Again, by employing the right people and having the right plans in place we ensure our clients are kept safe from harm.

Ark Care Homes are homely, comfortable, inviting and designed to create the best possible therapeutic environments for the individuals in our care – they are also individualised to suit the needs of those living there. Everyone living within our homes is actively encouraged to have their personal space just as they want it –  our homes are the client’s homes.

When choosing the right place for people referred to us, we take care to think about both the environment and the mix of clients in the homes before offering a place. We are very aware that plans can only truly work if the people and place are right first. By using a thorough and robust assessment process we greatly reduce the risk of placements breaking down.

Ark Care Homes Ltd specialise in the care of adults (18 – 65) with complex needs including severe learning disabilities, autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, epilepsy, Downs Syndrome, mental health difficulties and challenging behaviours. We provide individually-tailored programmes of support for each and every client, and our homes are carefully and tastefully designed and equipped to meet the requirements of the individuals living.
Acorn House and Beachfield are in the seaside village of Westward Ho! and Acorn Manor is in the ancient port town of Bideford, just 2 miles away. Our intention is to continue to build and expand our care business: we understand that our clients are all individuals with their own unique needs and aspirations, and expansion will enable us to extend and diversify the range of facilities and environments we can offer. Details of all new developments will appear on this web site.

We are passionate in our mission to support our clients in a natural, homely environment,so that we can assist them in developing at their own pace and make real choices about their own lives. Ark Care Homes Ltd specifically limit the size of our homes to achieve this – if the environment is too large, busy or crowded it can feel institutional and that is something we aim to avoid. Many of our clients require a high level of 24-hour support and we endeavour to provide this in a manner which is as natural and unobtrusive as possible.

Our homes are staffed 24-hours a day, 365-days a year by a team of exceptionally skilled and highly trained Support Workers, Seniors and Team Leaders who are led by the Registered Manager, qualified to at least RMA /NVQ4, RQF / CQF level 5 or equivalent.

We aim to provide care and support in such a way that our clients maximise their independence and achieve the highest possible quality of life. We put great efforts into facilitating access to mainstream activities in order to provide our clients with opportunities to have a real community presence and to develop social roles. Many of our clients play an active role in the community, including both voluntary and paid work as well as engaging in educational classes.

As well as our residential services we are also able to provide bespoke support for individuals who live in their own homes, but need help with daily living.