'A tranquil family-run residential care home specialising in dementia care'



We strive to make Lime Tree Court a home away from home. This is key to make the transition

of our residents as they move from their private homes into residential care.


We aim to provide a homely environment, different to many of the 'new build' care homes

which we feel can be clinical and lack 'soul'.


 'Our residents do not live in the staff's workspace, the staff work in the residents home'.



Care must be personal and reflect the needs of the individual. We understand the needs

of all of our residents and deliver person centred care. The needs of everyone who lives here, their likes and dislikes are understood and care is tailored to all them.


We don't believe that 'one size fits all' and take time to understand the needs of all of

our residents and work with them and their family to assess and structure our care to

their requirements.


Every resident is different, every day is different, every need is different.



Lime Tree Court has remained in the same family for over 45 years. It is not part of a corporation or chain. We consider staff to be part of our family, and when our residents come into

the home you also become part of our family.


Lime Tree Court is full of smiles, laughter, and visitors are always welcome. We also work closely with the local community, this includes visits to the local school, regular church services in the home and visits to the pub and village shop.



Lime Tree Court is located in a small village, at the end of a lane, next to the village church, as picturesque of a location that you could hope for. When you walk through the gate, see the wisteria and rose clad building you will feel the sense of tranquillity and calm, which will give you the comfort that this is a lovely place to live.


Within Lime Tree Court you will find many quiet corners, a beautiful enclosed garden and

16 bedrooms with two lounges and a dining room. The lounges and dining room have views of

our beautiful enclosed garden where some of the residents like to sit and watch the birds.



We specialise in the care of individuals with dementia. The staff have worked with individual's

with dementia for many years, and Lime Tree Court has, for over 40 years, specialised in the care of people with dementia.


We understand the best way to care for those living with dementia and constantly look for ways to stimulate the senses and respond to the residents needs. This includes working with our activities coordinator to provide visual aids and memory triggers. Pets (including our resident cats and miniature dachsund) are used to help with the complex needs of the individual's who live here.


We have close links with our local health community and work with the local GP's, district nurses and hospitals to work with them to find solutions for the individuals who live with us.

What is the food like?


Lime Tree Court provides a choice of nutritious home cooked food every day. This includes seasonal fruit and vegetables. We have designed a four - week rolling menu that caters for all our residents' favourite food choices

and meals.

We are able to tailor individual preferences as well as provide appropriate meals to meet different dietary needs. Staff always accompany the residents at mealtimes to provide the relevant support with eating and drinking.

Residents are encouraged to drink and eat regular snacks throughout the day. Fresh fruit and healthy drinks as well as delicious cakes and biscuits are also on offer.

What activities are available?


We have a full in-house personalised activities programme including armchair exercise routines, arts and crafts, music sessions and even a visiting zoo and church visits.

We have a summer party, Christmas party, celebrate sporting events, royal weddings, and regularly discuss current affairs and historic events using dementia friendly tools and aids.


Will the doctor still visit me if I live in the home?


Yes. We have the support of a local GP practice in Steeple Claydon who are happy to visit our residents within the home as required.

Do you provide services such as chiropody, dentistry, opticians or physiotherapy?


Yes. Our chiropodist visits residents every

8 weeks in the home. We have an optician who visits the home annually or as needed. Physiotherapy can be either arranged through the GP or organised privately as needed.

We are happy for them to visit the home.

Will there be nurses on duty?


No. We are a residential care home, which means we do not employ nurses. We can provide for a wide range of complex needs and disabilities, and we do have access to District Nursing services as required.

May I bring my own furniture?


Yes. We actively encourage you to furnish your room/s as you wish, subject to any safety requirements. We supply all large items of furniture such as wardrobes, beds and chest of drawers (if required) and are happy for you to bring your own favourite items.

Is there privacy/areas to entertain visitors?


Yes. We aim to provide residents with as much privacy as possible. As well as their own spacious private rooms, residents can use the spacious communal lounge, which overlooks the garden. We are always happy to provide you with extra chairs and refreshments as needed.

Do you provide hairdressing services?


Yes. Our hairdresser visits weekly.

Do you offer Respite Care and Day care?


Lime Tree Court is able to offer day care

and respite care on occasions subject to availability.

Please contact us for more details.

How many residents are there in the home?


We are registered for 23 people, but we limit ourselves to a maximum of 19 permanent residents.

When can I have visitors?


Lime Tree Court  has an 'open door' policy.   You are welcome to receive visitors at any reasonable time. If you plan to have visitors after 10.00pm at night, we politely ask that you notify a member of staff so we are aware.

What about my laundry?


We have an on-site laundry room, and our staff will do your laundry for you. We ask you to label all your clothes clearly to ensure they are returned to you on a daily basis. We also suggest you do not bring delicate clothing or articles that need dry cleaning as we do not have the facilities to deal with these.

Do you have a lift?


We have a stair lift, but due to the nature and age of the building we do not have a lift.

What about my valuables?


For safety, we recommend that valuables are looked after by your family, solicitor or bank.

If you do bring them into the home, we advise you to take out personal insurance as we are unable to take responsibility for valuable items. We encourage residents to keep money in a bank or building society account rather than in the home.





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About us...


Lime Tree Court is a family owned business. It was owned and run by Georgina Rixon from 1980 until she died in 2017 when she passed away. Then it was bought in 2018 by her son and daughter in law; Melissa and Cameron Laing.


Melissa is the Nominated Individual for Lime Tree Court and is responsible for supervising the management of the care home. Melissa has a background in Human Resources having worked at a senior level for large corporations for over 20 years. She also ran her own fitness business, specialising in fitness for those with specialist needs and adults with learning disabilities. Melissa is now 100% focused on the management of Lime Tree Court and supporting the staff wherever needed and ensuring needs of the residents, families, regulators and everyone associated with the business are met. Unlike most owners Melissa is hands on with all areas of the business and is frequently doing caring shifts, night shifts, cooking and of course encouraging residents with fitness based sessions. Melissa ensures all family members can get hold of her 24/7 and supports residents, families and staff alike.  Melissa   and Cameron have two grown up children and three dogs... two large, one small.



Sharon Nix has worked at Lime Tree Court for her entire career  starting as someone who just worked nights to becoming the Registered Manager in 2016. Sharon has always looked further her knowledge of care and dementia is the area that she specialised in, just as Lime Tree Court has become a specialist home for people with Dementia. Sharon says 'Dementia is cruel but people with dementia still have the ability to feel and interact. I believe that our residents need individual care and this must be offered with love and respect. We treat our residents as we would want our own family to be treated'.


When Sharon joined Lime Tree Court she had no children, she now has two grown-up children and three grandchildren who have grown up visiting Lime Tree Court.


In addition to Melissa and Sharon our staff consists of eighteen carers, one activites co-ordinator, one cook and three members of staff who cover the domestic duties. Many of our staff have worked at Lime Tree Court for their entire careers and all of our carers live locally.  We ensure at all times that we have adequate staff cover, and this is based on the needs of our residents. During the night, a minimum of two carers are on duty. Developing a well trained staff is of critical importance to us. Staff working at Lime Tree Court are required to complete Mandatory Care Skills Training in thirteen subjects.


To further complement and promote ongoing development of staff several supplementary training suppliers are used.





We are regulated by the Care Quality Commission and comply with the required standards for residential care while maintaining a home-from-home environment familiar to us all. LINK TO CQC

Our last CQC inspections was on the 14-16 November 2018 and the final report was published on 27th December 2018. We are extremely pleased to report Lime Tree Court has received improved ratings across three categories (Safe, Responsive and Well led) and remained 'Good' in two categories (Caring and Effective).


Overall the rating was raised from 'Requires improvements' to 'Good'.


This is a recognition of the hard work and dedication that has been put into Lime Tree Court under the leadership Melissa Laing, Proprietor and Sharon Nix, Registered Manager since Melissa and Cameron took over the business in early 2018 and became the legal owners in June 2018.

The new 'Good' rating is part of our five year improvement program program where one of the key targets when we became involved in the business was to improve our rating to 'Good', but we strive to get even better.


We are very proud of the report and the link is attached to this page, but we want to draw your attention to some of the comments reported by the CQC;


  • 'Care is good, often phenomenal'.


  • Lime Tree Court is a 'home from home', we saw rooms and public areas with family photos and memorabilia.


  • Improvements in the building had been addressed and significant investment was apparent, including new carpets, flooring, redecorations and improved security measures.


  • People told us they felt safe due to improvement in security of the building.


  • 'We are able to continue living as a family, because of Lime Tree Court'.








  • Links with the community were apparent with regular activities including the local school children visiting and church services held at Lime Tree Court.


  • There is a new governance structure with clear accountability and thrust in the management structure.


  • Investment in staff training and welfare was apparent.


  • People have a choice of meals, with locally sourced food cooked fresh on the premises.


But we do not want to stop here, we have many more plans to build on this and investment and improvement continues with Lime Tree Court to provide the best standard of care to our residents.



Fees: 2024


starting from £1150 per week


Respite care - please enquire

Address / Contact:


Lime Tree Court,

Church St,



MK18 4EX


tel: 01296 730556



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The picture to the [right]

is of a stained glass window that was commissioned in the 1980's by Georgina Rixon. It is located in the the smaller lounge in

Lime Tree Court and is in loving memory of Georgina Rixon, manager and owner of Lime Tree Court 1983-2017