A vibrant home

Nestling in the Grange, one of Edinburgh’s most exclusive and leafy suburbs, St Raphael’s is an impressive, bright and airy art deco building with 63 en-suite rooms. The attractive grounds include a specially designed Sensory Garden and some bedrooms have direct access to a roof garden. Indoors is equally impressive with lounges overlooking beautiful Blackford Hill. The heart of this caring community is the dining room, complete with bar and sitting area. It’s here that our popular singing group, Viewpoint Voices, meets for practice. Residents have a choice of activities including movie nights, trips to the beach and gardening. Overseen by an exceptional nursing team, St Raphael’s is bustling with life and we’d love you to be part of this vibrant community.

All our rooms are single - occupancy, ensuite with wet floor showers. Our rooms are furnished with variable height electric beds and furnished with bed side locker, fitted wardrobes, telephone connection facility, are wi-fi enabled and can accommodate the resident’s own TV and personal electronic equipment. Each unit has an assisted bathroom.

Subject to fire safety regulations, residents can if they choose, bring small personal items of furniture, such as a reclining chair and decorative items in order to personalise their room. Rooms vary in size (see fees section) and all comply with the National Care Standards.

Our gardens are designed to create a dementia friendly landscape for our residents where they can enjoy time with family and friends.

In collaboration with Impact Arts we provide a unique Craft Café experience where our residents are supported to explore their artistic skills. In addition, the home has a weekly activities programme , including outings in our own minibus.

Staffing arrangements

St Raphael's has 63 bedrooms in 4 units. Each unit has a team of Registered Nurses and Care Assistants, both day and night. Rutland Unit has 20 residents, Waverley Unit 17 residents, Holyrood 14 and Cunningham House 12. The number of staff is dictated by a dependency tool which is based on the care and support needs of the residents. Registered Nurses routinely assess the needs of the residents and decide when extra Care Assistants are required. In addition, we have a 24 hour nurse call system in our residents’ rooms. We also make use of automated monitoring technology to ensure residents’ safety and minimise the risk of falls. We have a dedicated Activities Coordinator who organises internal and external activities and outings for all residents who wish to participate.

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Key information


  • 63 en-suite rooms
  • Specialised dementia unit
  • Sensory garden
  • Public lounges
  • Roof garden
  • Bar
  • Beautiful views
  • Hairdressing
  • Chiropody
  • Delivery of newspapers and magazines
  • Wi-fi


St Raphael's Care Home
6 South Oswald Road

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Nursing and Dementia Care

We want to help you enjoy life to the full here at St Raphael’s, so your wellbeing is our top priority. The moment you step into this art deco building you’ll receive a warm welcome and individually tailored care. Whether dispensing medications, managing chronic illness, providing end of life care or simply chatting our staff will ensure compassion, patience and kindness; this is at the heart of everything they do. For people requiring specialist dementia care, a dedicated unit is available on the first floor. Purposefully decorated in bright colours and consisting of 14 rooms, the space has been sensitively adapted for those living with this condition. 

The Craft Café 

Who doesn’t love creativity, chat, coffee and cake? In 2012 we were proud to open the first place in Edinburgh’s that would cater for all these wonderful things. The Craft Café was set up in an unused Chapel which is attached to St Raphael's. This has become a fantastic place for those wishing to socialise and express their creativity. Run in partnership with Impact Arts, the Café is open 3 days a week and welcomes all residents, friends and family. The Café has been a finalist in the Scottish Dementia Awards and Care Accolades. Read more about the café.


We actively encourage social interaction and activity. We’re all part of this community and the more vibrant it is, the more fun we all have. Families and friends of residents are welcome to get involved too. We hold quarterly relative/friend meetings to update you on projects and information pertinent to your loved one. It is also your opportunity to make suggestions which are always welcome.


We always welcome visits from family and friends and you can drop by at any time during the day or evening. All we ask is visitors respect resident meal times.

We are always happy to arrange visits for prospective residents and their families.

For information about our care home, to visit or to discuss prospective residents’ care needs, please contact our Manager or Deputy on 0131 667 3601 for further details.

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No two days are the same

So, what’s it like to live in this colourful, inviting, engaging and bustling place? St Raphael’s – which is affectionately known as St R’s - is our largest home and it’s a busy, vibrant community with lots going on. Relatives are constantly dropping by, entertainers put on shows and our Activities Coordinators and Care Assistants join in the fun, helping residents to enjoy the events. Bus trips take place regularly throughout the week and whisk residents away to the coast as well as many other places of interest chosen by our residents and of course weather permitting. St R’s embraces its art deco history and has been decorated in lively colours that match this exciting era. The staff are energetic and always on the go. The big kitchen provides catering for both St Raphael’s and Marian House so it is always busy in there, the food is delicious and there is always plenty of it. A large dining room with a bar and sitting room are at the heart of all the activity.

The staff are compassionate, attentive and caring. When we say person-centred we mean that residents lead the pace here, this home isn’t about routine but about what residents want.  It is a vibrant, happening place. Fresh Friday is a tradition – on the last Friday of every month there is a theme and staff dress up accordingly, whether it’s all the colours of rainbow, a selection of silly hats or a letter of the alphabet, everyone is game. Other, quieter lounges are dotted about the home. So it is possible to have calm moments and some well-deserved ‘me time’ in one of the more private, homely lounges. In summer, the gardens are an abundance of colour with the smell of fresh flowers  in the air as you relax and, hopefully, enjoy the warmer weather.


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