Read House is a purpose-built residential home at Frinton-on-Sea.

It is designed for the care needs of elderly people with visual impairment, either on a permanent or short-stay basis.

We are an independent care home owned and managed by Essex Blind Charity, and the only centre of its kind in Essex.

However, we are happy to consider applications from people without a visual impairment who wish to find a friendly and comfortable environment, with a team of experienced care staff who are dedicated to the happiness and well-being of the residents.


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  • SafeGood
  • Well-ledGood
  • CaringGood
  • ResponsiveGood
  • EffectiveGood
Last CQC report update June 22, 2018 • Listing updated October 25, 2020

Registered Manager: Kim Mclellan


Number of beds: 40

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Residents may bring: Own furniture
Own decoration
Rooms have: Phone point
TV point
Number of lounges or seating areas:5
Lifts *: Full lift
Stair lift
Wheelchair access *: To all floors
Outdoors *: Secure garden
Seating area
Personal care cost from:from £710.50
Decision making: Residents’ committee
Smoking *: Smokers not accepted
Meals: Meals are Flexible
Meals can be taken in own room
There is a choice of menu
Residents assist in planning meals
Meals are prepared in the home
Snacks are available at any time
Vegetarians are catered for
Special diets are accommodated for
Family and friends: Visitors welcome at any time
Culture & Religion
Special requirements addressed?: Dietary
Available activities: Entertainment in the home
Regular activities programme
Location type *:Situated on the seafront. Front rooms overlook the sea; back rooms overlook the garden
Registration & Specialisms
Care only beds:36
Care specialisms:Visual impairment
Care for people who need: Minimal help
Moderate help
A high level of help
Can usually accept people with: Visual impairment
Urinary incontinence
Faecal incontinence
Moderate memory problems