Shakespeare House

Shakespeare House is a specialist supported living service which has been developed to enable people with learning disabilities to live happy, healthy, safe lives and to achieve their full potential.


Shakespeare House is a specialist supported living service which has been developed to enable people with learning disabilities, including those with autism, physical disabilities and complex needs to live happy, healthy, safe lives and to achieve their full potential. This service aims to deliver individually designed care and support to enable people to lead independent, meaningful lives as active members of the community. We work in partnership with the people we support, their family and friends and will encourage their active involvement, ensuring their views and comments are listened to and acted upon.

Shakespeare House currently supports young adults who are new to adult care and are transitioning into adult life, this may be from family homes or child services such as; residential/educational placements. They can embrace and develop a greater level of independence in the safety of an environment, where 24-hour support is available. We have a highly skilled multi-disciplinary team of professionals, that are experienced in working with individuals who may have complex needs and/or display behaviours that challenge. Our team works using a person-centred approach and positive behaviour support to achieve positive outcomes. This includes promoting wellbeing, community inclusion and independence. The team embraces partnership working and as part of a multi-agency approach to ensure needs and outcomes are met.

Shakespeare House is a fully refurbished detached home completed in 2020. It consists of five spacious rooms and is situated in a residential part of Bedford. The home has been fitted specifically to support those with learning disabilities and has a warm communal lounge, extended kitchen, ensuite bathrooms and generous gardens, as well as sensory and “chill out” activity rooms. Shakespeare House is well placed in the centre of the community in Bedford and is specifically designed for people looking to explore the care pathway to greater levels of independence. The service delivers an intensive supported living model of care to ensure that residents have access to excellent levels of high-quality care and support with the independence of a supported living scheme. Shakespeare House provides effective personalised and innovative support that leads to positive outcomes for adults nationally.

The home is situated on the Northside of Bedford, just 10 minutes walk to Bedford train station. The service is located in a quiet residential neighbourhood very close to Sainsbury’s and Aldi supermarkets, swimming facilities, restaurants and many of Bedford’s beautiful parks. There are transport links, including a short direct bus route into the centre of Bedford. This ensures service users are able to create positive links with the local and wider community in Bedford.

Shakespeare House,
41 Shakespeare Road
MK40 2DX

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Care enquiries: 01234 988999
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Glenholme is passionate about delivering safe, individualised care and support to promote independence, choice and inclusion. We work hard to provide the support we would want for our own family members. The team at Hightrees is able to support individuals with diverse needs and we support and care for both local authority and self-funded residents.

    Learning disabilities

    Complex needs

    Physical difficulties

    Autism spectrum conditions

    Social, emotional or communication difficulties


Wi-fi available

En-suite rooms

Wheelchair access

Communal lounge


Communal lounge

Convenient transport links

Generous garden

24-hour support


Wheelchair accessible on ground floor

Disability-friendly bathrooms

Disability confidence training


One-bed studio rooms

Extended kitchen facilities

Ensuite bathrooms


Shakespeare House supported living facility hosts a team of care professionals as well as our excellent cleaning and maintenance staff. They are led by our home manager and supported by the wider Glenholme Healthcare Group.

Karen Dobson

Karen Dobson

Service Manager

Karen has worked within the supported living sector for 5 years. Karen’s previous role was working with people who have been discharged from long-term hospital placements, based on the transforming care policy, into their own homes with support to regain living skills and integrate back into the community. Karen has experience working with Autism and Learning Disabilities.

Being able to support and enable people on a daily basis is such a privilege. Working closely with families and professionals ensures the team at Shakespeare give the highest level of support and care. Myself and the team at Shakespeare House are passionate about our roles and strive to make everyday for the people we support a safe, supportive, and caring environment.

Karen and her staff team have undergone extensive checks prior to employment to ensure that they have the skills and qualities we require when working with vulnerable people. They are trained in health & safety, basic first aid, abuse awareness (safeguarding), administering medicine, infection control and the care certificate as well as other bespoke training as required.

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Before making the final decision to move into our Glenholme facility, potential residents will be encouraged to spend time there to ensure it is the best place for them. A comprehensive pre-admission assessment will be completed which will concentrate on the persons’ needs and wishes.

Individualised Support

Glenholme is fully committed to providing Person-Centred Care to ensure that individuals are at the centre of all decisions around their lives.

Positive Behavioural Support

The Positive Behavioural Support model underpins our commitment to delivering truly individualised support for people whose behaviour may challenge.

Complete Support for Daily Life

At Glenholme, we are able to provide a continuum of support for an individual’s ever-evolving needs and aspirations through all stages of life.


Shakespeare House

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To learn more about Shakespeare House, book a visit or make a referral please complete this contact form or call us at
01753 978 888 and discuss your care needs.

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