At Stanford Coachworks we work with many industries to provide bespoke vehicles. One of the industries we work with frequently is the care industry such as retirement and care homes. As we age not everyone is fortunate enough to stay in their own home due to mental and physical disabilities, and so they have to create a new home in a care home. The facilities and staff have to create a happy, peaceful environment to help the residents build a new life and home.

Without Care homes many would struggle. Family dynamics have changed and elderly people no longer live with their families and they become unable to look after themselves. If care homes were not available for many there only option would be hospital. So how did we end up with the care home system?

The History of Care Homes 

The first form of elderly care outside of the home in the UK was workhouses and poorhouses. It was the governments first attempt at providing some sort of care for the elderly and was provided via the New Poor Law in 1834. Although the conditions in the workhouses were harsh the elderly did receive free medical care which they would not have received outside the workhouse. By the 1870s the focus shifted from the poor to care for the elderly. The introduction of pensions for over 70’s did not decrease the number of elderly requiring the services of the poorhouse, by the end of the century about 80% of poorhouse residents were elderly. 


In 1929 the Local Government Act allowed local authorities to take over workhouses and run them as elderly care homes. 1930 saw the abolishment of workhouses, and local authorities turned over 50% of the buildings into care homes.  Pre 1914 those who could afford it had private care at home, but this slowly started to change, in 1921 there were 25,981 patients in care homes and by 1931 54,920 patients. Nursing care standards were low until the 1950s/60s when legislation was introduced making it mandatory for facilities to have central heating,  single rooms, and en suite lavatories. Up until the 1980s nursing homes were generally a service provided by councils, the 80s saw a surge in the number of privately owned care homes jumping from 18% to 85% .




The service that care homes provide is essential and the carers play a vital role in providing quality care for residents. Campaigns such as #youcancare help attract quality carers to the industry. We have worked with many greater carers over the years who know what their residents need, they like to work closely with us to ensure their minibus will be suitable for their residents. We deal with care homes on a regular basis to design and build minibuses and MPV’s for their residents.  Its great to see the care homes take every element into consideration for their residents, from access issues, lighting, music and even colour schemes and the affect this could have on dementia patients.

We can offer a number of solutions to any problems they may have, from double fold down steps that help those with reduced mobility to passenger lifts for those in wheelchairs. We can use easy clean material options to keep the vehicle as clean as impossible and reduce the chance of infections and viruses. Plus audio features to allow residents to listen to some of their favourite songs and allow carers to speak to the whole minibus at once. 


Speak to us about how we can help your care home and provide you with a minibus to suit your residents needs. 

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