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8 Best Dementia Care Homes in the UK | Dignified and Compassionate Care

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11/4/2022

We have a range of dementia care homes that support people with various forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, Vascular dementia and Lewy body dementia.

If you’re currently a carer for a family member and are looking for a dementia care home then we’ve made this search much easier.

Here, we’ve highlighted eight of the best care homes for dementia in the UK, along with how these homes are designed to benefit residents and what you should be looking for when choosing a dementia home.


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Explore our best dementia care homes:

  1. Appleby House - Surrey
  2. Harton Grange - Tyne and Wear
  3. Lucerne House - Exeter
  4. Maids Moreton Hall - Buckinghamshire
  5. Mercia Grange - Birmingham
  6. Perry Manor - Worcestershire
  7. Sway Place - Hampshire
  8. The Beeches - Norfolk



What is a Dementia Care Home?

Dementia care homes specifically cater to people living with dementia. Their aim is to reduce the symptoms of the condition where possible. Dementia care homes have trained staff who are experienced in dementia care to ensure residents are safe, comfortable and secure at all times.

Dementia care homes can either be residential care homes, nursing homes or both. Either way, they’re specially designed to create familiar environments that help residents keep their independence for as long as possible. Carers and nurses work closely with residents and their families to best understand the person they’re caring for, allowing staff to provide dignified and person-centred care.

Understanding your loved one’s past can greatly help with reminiscing and day-to-day communication, as people living with a type of dementia like Alzheimer’s may remember things from years ago while still experiencing short-term memory loss.





How Are Dementia Care Homes Designed?

Specialist dementia care homes are often purpose-built to provide the best possible care while making day-to-day life as comfortable as possible for residents who require 24/7 care.

Simple building plans and carefully selected colours on doors, carpets and corridors allow residents to recognise where they are, helping them to more easily reach their destination. This also reduces anxiety when feeling lost.

Specialist dementia care homes are designed to ensure residents have easy access to all parts of the building and gardens, with secure doors to the outside of the property that prevent wandering. This gives residents the freedom to safely explore the home and enjoy the garden as they please. Sensory gardens are often found in dementia care homes. These include features and plants that stimulate the senses through touch, sight, taste and hearing - and are of huge benefit to people living with dementia!

This design strikes a balance between independence and safety. Though easy access is important, proper signage, dementia-friendly furnishings and clearly defined areas all help residents remain independent, safe and secure.

Dementia villages are also designed in a similar way.


Creating a familiar environment

Dementia is often an unpredictable condition, so creating familiarity is really important. Specialist dementia care homes offer homely environments and comfortable living spaces where residents can build relationships and spend time with recognisable faces.

To further create a sense of familiarity, personal belongings may be placed outside each resident’s bedroom. This will help them recognise where they are to reduce confusion.

Lighting is also an important part of dementia care, with sundowning being a common occurrence for people living with dementia. Controlling the lighting allows for a gradual change that helps residents understand what time it is while reducing dark areas that may otherwise create anxiety.





Care Home Dementia Units

Some care homes have separate on-site dementia units, rather than fully specialising in dementia care. These are sometimes known as EMI units (Elderly Mentally Infirm), though nowadays many homes will instead refer to them as a ‘dementia care unit’ or ‘specialist dementia care unit’.

An EMI unit within a care home is a separate section or floor that accommodates residents with advanced dementia. These residents may have difficulties with their behaviour or emotional wellbeing. People staying in an EMI unit have likely had dementia for some time, meaning their symptoms will be heightened.

EMI units have specially trained staff - such as mental health nurses - on duty 24/7 to provide all necessary care and support. These nurses will be highly skilled in all aspects of dementia care.





How to Find the Right Dementia Care Home

There are some questions you can ask and things you can look out for, to find out how suitable a dementia care home is for you or your loved one:

  • How many carers are trained in dementia care?
  • What qualifications do these carers have?
  • Is the home well-lit?
  • Does the home’s design allow for easy access throughout?
  • Is there a sensory garden?
  • Can bedrooms be personalised to create a familiar environment?

You can follow the tips in our article on how to choose a care home for more information.





Our ‘Outstanding’ Rated Dementia Care Homes

You can use our care finder tool to search for dementia care homes. Each of our homes states the main types of care offered, so you can easily see whether dementia care is offered by a home near you or your loved one.


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Below, we’ve highlighted eight of the best dementia care homes we offer, all of which are rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission - the highest grade a care home can receive.





Appleby House in Surrey

Appleby House care home is an award-winning home in Epsom, Surrey. As one of the best dementia care homes, Appleby House has an impressive reputation for its innovative approach to elderly care, including dementia care.

Appleby House care home

Here, staff find out all they can about your loved one’s interests, needs and personal values, so they can be matched to a suite where they’ll be alongside like-minded people. This dementia home also finds innovative ways to support people in making choices about their daily lives, including using a dot voting system that enables all residents to be included in the decision-making process.

Shona Bradbury - the home manager at Appleby House - won ‘Best Dementia Care Manager’ at the National Dementia Care Awards in 2022.

Appleby House at a glance:
Cost of Care Permanent dementia care starts from £1,480 a week
CQC Rating Outstanding
Facilities, Services and Activities This dementia care home contains an activity room, dining area, gardens and hair & beauty salon
Number of Beds 75
Is the Home Purpose Built? Yes
Are Bills Included in the Price? No
Are There En Suite Facilities? 33% of rooms have en-suite facilities

Interested in Appleby House?

To book or get more information, call 03301 759603.

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Harton Grange in Tyne and Wear

Set within lovely grounds, Harton Grange care home is a purpose-built residential and dementia care home in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, that provides personalised care to older adults. The home is an integral part of the local community and provides a range of accommodation and services for older people in need of support.

Harton Grange care home

Harton Grange also provides specialist support for individuals living with dementia in their bespoke Memory Lane Community. Here, care is focused on independence, dignity and choice through a person-centred approach.

This specialist dementia unit has invested in a Magic Table - an interactive light projector designed to support people living with dementia through mentally and physically stimulating games. These meaningful activities make a huge difference to the wellbeing of residents living with dementia.

Harton Grange at a glance:
Cost of Care Permanent dementia care starts from £1,075 a week
CQC Rating Outstanding
Facilities, Services and Activities Some of the best facilities at this home include an activity room, dining area, gardens and private dining area for special occasions
Number of Beds 62
Is the Home Purpose Built? Yes
Are Bills Included in the Price? No
Are There En Suite Facilities? All rooms have en-suite facilities

Interested in Harton Grange?

To book or get more information, call 01917 439043.

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Lucerne House in Exeter

Lucerne House care home in Exeter provides expert dementia, residential, nursing and respite care to those in need. At this home, the dedicated activity team ensures residents are always kept busy through a range of activities that are tailored to the interests and likes of each individual.

Lucerne House care home

Lucerne House specialises in dementia care through its bespoke Memory Lane Community. Staff at this home have worked with Dementia Care Matters to improve the quality of life for people living in this dementia unit and have achieved the independently awarded confirmation of quality - Butterfly Service status - in September 2013.

The home has secure and wheelchair-accessible gardens, including a sensory garden, making Lucerne House one of the best dementia care homes in England.

Lucerne House at a glance:
Cost of Care Permanent dementia care starts from £1,700 a week
CQC Rating Outstanding
Facilities, Services and Activities At this dementia home, you’ll find an activity room, bar, restaurant, dining area, hair & beauty salon, a quiet area and tranquil gardens
Number of Beds 75
Is the Home Purpose Built? Yes
Are Bills Included in the Price? No
Are There En Suite Facilities? All rooms have en-suite facilities

Interested in Lucerne House?

To book or get more information, call 01392 321521.

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Maids Moreton Hall in Buckinghamshire

The luxury Maids Moreton Hall care home is situated on the peaceful outskirts of Buckingham, Buckinghamshire. This home provides dementia, nursing and residential care, along with short-term respite care.

Maids Moreton Hall care home

This beautiful and modern care home offers its residents a range of premium facilities - many of which will benefit people with dementia - including a cinema and hair salon. Residents can also enjoy comfortable lounges, a welcoming café and a brilliant selection of ensuite bedrooms.

The landscaped gardens in particular provide the perfect setting for somebody with dementia, with this outdoor space overlooking the village church and offering a peaceful environment for residents and their loved ones.

Maids Moreton Hall at a glance:
Cost of Care Permanent dementia care starts from £1,365 a week
CQC Rating Outstanding
Facilities, Services and Activities Maids Moreton Hall contains an activity room, bar, café, cinema, communal and private dining rooms, a family room, a library and more
Number of Beds 60
Is the Home Purpose Built? Yes
Are Bills Included in the Price? Yes
Are There En Suite Facilities? All rooms have en-suite facilities

Interested in Maids Moreton Hall?

To book or get more information, call 01280 736321.

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Mercia Grange in Birmingham

Providing a full range of round-the-clock care for older adults, Mercia Grange care home in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, is divided into smaller suites across each floor. The relaxing atmosphere this creates is especially beneficial for residents with dementia.

Mercia Grange care home

There are lots of other design aspects that Mercia Grange utilises to help people living with dementia feel at home and be able to find their way around with little or no assistance.

Some of the most popular facilities at this dementia care home include a café, activity room, cinema, library, pub, hair salon, gardens and even a minibus for days out.

Mercia Grange at a glance:
Cost of Care Permanent dementia care starts from £1,501 a week
CQC Rating Outstanding
Facilities, Services and Activities This dementia home includes an activity room, café, cinema, communal and private dining spaces, a hair & beauty salon, a quiet area and a library
Number of Beds 67
Is the Home Purpose Built? Yes
Are Bills Included in the Price? Yes
Are There En Suite Facilities? All rooms have en-suite facilities

Interested in Mercia Grange?

To book or get more information, call 01216 615334.

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Perry Manor in Worcestershire

Located in the beautiful city of Worcester, Perry Manor care home boasts an ‘Outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission. This Worcestershire home has a brilliant care team who are committed to providing a range of personalised care services to older people, including dementia, residential and nursing care.

Perry Manor care home

Perry Manor has been designed to enhance the quality of life of every person living there with dementia, regardless of individual needs. The home has its own coffee shop, bar, beauty salon and cinema, so your loved one can continue to get the most out of each day.

As one of the best dementia care homes, the team at Perry Manor will spend time getting to know your loved one, including care needs as stated in their care plan or care package for the elderly, hobbies, likes and dislikes.

Perry Manor at a glance:
Cost of Care Permanent dementia care starts from £1,354 a week
CQC Rating Outstanding
Facilities, Services and Activities Some of the best facilities at Perry Manor include an activity room, restaurant, cinema, communal and private dining area, idyllic gardens, terracing and a relaxing quiet area
Number of Beds 82
Is the Home Purpose Built? Yes
Are Bills Included in the Price? Yes
Are There En Suite Facilities? All rooms have en-suite facilities

Interested in Perry Manor?

To book or get more information, call 01905 917026.

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Sway Place in Hampshire

Sitting in the beautiful New Forest National Park, Sway Place care home offers its residents a truly stunning location. This Hampshire care home provides dementia and residential support, along with short-term respite care.

Sway Place care home

Sway Place isn’t just in an amazing location; the building itself is also gorgeously designed and provides luxurious comfort across every area, including stylish lounges, a peaceful library and five-acre grounds.

Sway Place has something for everybody and provides high-quality dementia care that aims to enhance residents' quality of life. This care home offers a varied activity programme, with outings to local areas of particular interest to residents.

Sway Place at a glance:
Cost of Care Permanent dementia care starts from £1,412 a week
CQC Rating Outstanding
Facilities, Services and Activities This dementia home is full of amazing facilities, including an activity room, restaurant, cinema, dining areas, a family room, a library, a beauty salon and lovely gardens
Number of Beds 68
Is the Home Purpose Built? Yes
Are Bills Included in the Price? Yes
Are There En Suite Facilities? All rooms have en-suite facilities

Interested in Sway Place?

To book or get more information, call 01590 637856.

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The Beeches in Norfolk

The Beeches care home in East Harling, Norfolk provides care to the elderly and those living with dementia. The Beeches sits on two acres of land which was originally a rectory. This home has maintained its ‘Outstanding’ overall rating from the CQC, placing it amongst the top 4% of homes in the country.

The Beeches care home

The Beeches has a dedicated dementia care wing that allows staff to provide specialist care for residents facing a range of difficulties that come with the onset of dementia. The carers at The Beeches pride themselves on offering a superb standard of care for all residents. The home has been extended over the years, meaning your loved one can pick from a variety of rooms, with contemporary and classic styles alike on offer.

A newly-built conservatory offers a lovely view of the landscaped gardens. Residents and their loved ones are free to walk in the garden whenever they wish.

The Beeches at a glance:
Cost of Care Permanent dementia care starts from £1,000 a week
CQC Rating Outstanding
Facilities, Services and Activities At this dementia home, you’ll find an activity room, café, dining areas, a family room, a hair salon and gardens that are perfect for relaxing in
Number of Beds 46
Is the Home Purpose Built? No
Are Bills Included in the Price? Yes
Are There En Suite Facilities? 91% of rooms have en-suite facilities

Interested in The Beeches?

To book or get more information, call 01953 660770.

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Searching for a dementia care home can be a stressful and time-consuming operation. Thankfully, we’ve removed much of the difficulty from this process by utilising years of expertise to connect you or your loved ones to the UK’s very best care homes.

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