Mary Cornelius-Reid A.M. M.B.E. began her career as a nurse and whilst working as a Night Sister at Winchester Hospital in the early 1970’s, came to the conclusion that there was a tremendous shortage of high quality nursing homes providing the sort of personal service and quality care older people deserve.
In 1972 she opened her first care home, Winton House in Nether Wallop, and to this day her family remain in day-to-day charge of the Amesbury Abbey Group.
As a family run business, you will be struck by the lack of corporate institutionalism at the Cornelius-Reid family's homes. Here, everyone is treated as an individual and the philosophy, "my home is your home", is very evident to see.
One comment we often hear is that the homes have the feel of a country hotel, with care being provided as a seamless part of every day life, providing a delightfully relaxed atmosphere and an informality that adds to this character.
All rooms are carpeted with central heating, telephone and TV points. Rooms can be provided fully furnished or, alternatively, residents are welcome to furnish and decorate their own rooms, as many choose to do, often with stunning results.
A qualified nursing staff is on duty 24-hours a day and residents can be seen by local doctors on a regular basis, or by the medical practitioner of their choice. Each home benefits from a nurse call system, giving instant contact between residents and staff.