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Care homes in Dorset

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Care homes in with bed availability

The list below includes care homes with confirmed bed availability and are accepting new residents.

Please note, all new residencies are subject to a health assessment and being able to meet the care needs of the prospective resident.

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Upton Manor care home

Upton Manor

Poole, BH16 5NJHamberley Care Homes

Upton Manor, situated in the idyllic town of Upton is surrounded by beautiful wild scenery and is complemented by the relaxed and vibrant local towns, quaint shops, pharmacies and cafés. The care home provides residential, dementia and nursing services, prioritising the safety of the residents. Facilities include bright and spacious en-suite bedrooms, a beauty salon, an elegant cafe, a deluxe cinema and landscaped gardens. Upton Manor’s team of chefs provide a delicious seasonal menu, tailored to individual preferences and requirements and aligned with residents’ personalised care plans. The Lifestyle Team organises a busy social calendar, encouraging interaction and engagement in activities, entertainment and with the local community.

Care available

  • Residential
  • Dementia
  • Nursing
  • Respite
  • GoodCQC Rating
  • Care residencies from £1,150 weekly

The Links care home

The Links

Broadstone, BH18 8BEBupa

Nestled within beautiful Dorset, The Links is a care home that offers expert residential, respite, nursing, dementia, Parkinson's, Huntington's and Palliative care to the elderly. The welcoming Bupa home, boast a range of facilities to help residents feel at home, including bedrooms equipped with en-suite showers, several comfy lounges, guest suites for friends and family gatherings, private dining spaces, a cheerful sunroom, manicured gardens and a summer house for residents to relax during the warmer months. The jam-packed activity programme here at The Links ensures no two days are the same, whether it be arts and crafts or trips to the gorgeous coastline.

Care available

  • Residential
  • Dementia
  • Nursing
  • Respite
  • OutstandingCQC Rating
  • Care residencies from £1,275 weekly

The Potteries care home

The Potteries

Broadstone, BH18 8ESCare UK

Part of the Care UK group, purpose-built care home The Potteries in the cheerful seaside town of Poole delivers a wide range of quality care services; from permanent residential and nursing care to short-term respite care, in addition to renowned dementia care. Led by manager Zita Turner, the friendly care team strive to get to know each resident and understand them, helping to create meaningful experiences. When it comes to activities, there’s never a dull moment at The Potteries, with options including gentle exercise, singing, bingo and gardening, as well as visits from the petting zoo and the home’s own mini Olympics.

Care available

  • Residential
  • Dementia
  • Nursing
  • Respite
  • GoodCQC Rating
  • Care residencies from £1,389 weekly

Upton Bay care home

Upton Bay

Poole, BH15 4HYBarchester Healthcare

Ideally placed in Poole so residents can enjoy the best attractions that Dorset has to offer, Upton Bay is specifically designed to provide expert residential, respite and dementia care to older adults. Easily accessible with a variety of amenities on its doorstep, this Barchester Healthcare home boasts a range of luxurious facilities, including beautifully decorated bedrooms, sumptuous spa bath facilities, stylish communal lounges, designated quiet areas and landscaped gardens. All staff members at Upton Bay are highly qualified and dedicated to ensuring the best quality care for residents, from activities and hospitality, to care and meals.

Care available

  • Residential
  • Dementia
  • Respite
  • GoodCQC Rating
  • Care residencies from £1,300 weekly

Trinity Manor care home

Trinity Manor

Sherborne, DT9 6EXBarchester Healthcare

Situated in the North West of Dorset in Sherborne, Trinity Manor is a welcoming care home that provides expert residential, respite and dementia care to the elderly in a warm and friendly environment. This lovely Barchester Healthcare home boasts an array of useful facilities, including beautifully decorated bedrooms, an inviting café with bar offerings, a luxury private dining room, sumptuous spa bath facilities and landscaped gardens. Trinity Manor is ideally located opposite The Merritt Centre, which regularly hosts concerts, art exhibitions and drama performances for residents to enjoy along with a jam-packed activities programme at Trinity Manor tailored to the interests and hobbies of the residents.

Care available

  • Residential
  • Dementia
  • Respite
  • GoodCQC Rating
  • Care residencies from £1,400 weekly

Oakdale care home

Oakdale

Poole, BH17 8RQEncore Care Homes

Situated in the scenic tourist resort of Poole in Dorset, Oakdale is a stunning care home that provides expert residential, nursing, dementia, palliative and respite care to the elderly. This modern Encore care home has been intelligently designed with caregiving in mind and boasts a range of facilities, including beautifully decorated bedrooms equipped with ensuite wet rooms, stylish and spacious communal lounges where residents can relax and take part in activities, a luxurious salon and a landscaped garden equipped with its own vegetable patch, perfect for residents who enjoy a spot of gardening. From activities and care to hospitality and food, every aspect of life is tailored to at Oakdale.

Care available

  • Residential
  • Dementia
  • Nursing
  • Respite
  • Requires improvementCQC Rating
  • Care residencies from £1,250 weekly

The Mellowes  care home

The Mellowes

Gillingham, SP8 4REBupa

In the beautiful Dorset market town of Gillingham, the experienced team at The Mellowes home provide expert residential, respite and nursing care to the elderly. With the residents’ wellbeing at the heart of everything at this Bupa home, residents are encouraged to take part in daily activities that are tailored to suit their individual abilities. Not only is The Mellowes home blessed with beautifully decorated and spacious bedrooms, the there are a range of facilities and activities to enjoy, including a cafe, pet therapy, and comfy lounge areas where residents can relax. The excellent activity programme ensures no day is the same at this care home.

Care available

  • Residential
  • Nursing
  • Respite
  • GoodCQC Rating
  • Care residencies from £900 weekly

Hyacinth House care home

Hyacinth House

Wimborne, BH21 2DJBarchester Healthcare

Sitting close to the charming village of Wimborne Minster, north of Bournemouth, Hyacinth House offers a range of bespoke care to those in need, including residential and respite care. This stunning Barchester Healthcare home boasts an array of facilities for residents to enjoy, including beautifully decorated bedrooms, a hair salon, activity room, stylish communal lounges and a relaxing conservatory. The activity coordinators at Hyacinth House are dedicated to finding new ways to keep residents engaged and stimulated, from cookery and creative arts to musical performances and animal handlers, there’s never a dull moment.

Care available

  • Residential
  • Respite
  • GoodCQC Rating
  • Care residencies from £1,350 weekly

Anning House care home

Anning House

Weymouth, DT4 9QXCare UK

Located in the a quaint seaside town of Weymouth, Dorset, this care home provides nursing, residential, dementia, respite and palliative care. Anning House has strong rail and road transport links, ensuring friends and family can visit regularly and enjoy the open views onto the gardens or the seafront. Facilities include a welcoming cafe, fully furnished ensuite rooms, landscaped gardens and elegant dining rooms. The chefs provide a balanced and varied menu tailored to individual preferences, with three delicious meals a day on offer. The dedicated activity coordinator organises various outings and entertainment for all residents based on their interests, welcoming the local community to the home frequently.

Care available

  • Residential
  • Dementia
  • Nursing
  • Respite
  • GoodCQC Rating
  • Care residencies from £1,295 weekly

Heathland House care home

Heathland House

Ferndown, BH22 9LZCinnamon Care

Ideally located in the desirable Dorset town of Ferndown, Heathland house is a luxury care home that provides expert residential, dementia and respite care to the elderly. This decadent Cinnamon care home provides residents with all the facilities they need to spend their later years in luxury, including beautifully decorated bedrooms equipped with ensuite bathroom facilities, restaurants and private dining, a café bar, a cinema room and a hair and beauty salon. Whether it be indulging in a pamper session in the salon, enjoying a classic movie in the cinema or having a delicious meal with loved ones, there is never a dull moment here at Heathland House.

Care available

  • Residential
  • Dementia
  • Respite
  • Not yet inspectedCQC Rating
  • Care residencies from £1,397 weekly

Frequently asked questions

Here is some further information about care homes in Dorset.

How many care homes are there in Dorset?

We have 28 care homes in Dorset, including The Lindsay and Park View. All our homes have been hand-picked by our team of care experts based on a number of factors, including the quality of care and the home's culture.

What is the average cost of care in Dorset?

Care home costs vary significantly across the country. If you're looking for a care home in Dorset, the average cost of care is £1,019. You may be eligible for care home funding - you can check through a care needs assessment.

How many nursing homes are there in Dorset?

We have 18 in Dorset that provide specialist, 24/7 support. All of our nursing care homes offer personalised support for anyone who has a medical condition or disability that requires round-the-clock care from registered nurses in a home-from-home environment.

How many Dorset care homes offer residential care?

We have 28 care homes in Dorset that offer residential care, which provides support and care for those who may find it difficult to live independently. Our residential care homes provide support for everyday tasks, including washing, mobility, and dressing.

What care homes in Dorset offer dementia care?

We have 23 Dorset care homes that provide round-the-clock dementia care. Those with dementia will need more care as the condition progresses, and specialist dementia care homes can provide the level of support they need.

We've rounded up the best Alzheimer's care homes across the UK - they've been handpicked by our team of care experts for their specialised care, round-the-clock support and comforting environments.

What Dorset care homes offer respite care?

If you're looking for temporary respite care, we have 28 care homes in Dorset that provide short-term stays.

Respite care homes provide relief for caregivers, offering a few weeks of support in a care home for a loved one while you recuperate. We've rounded up the best respite care homes in the UK to ease your care search.

Are there any care homes in Dorset that offer end-of-life or palliative care?

25 Dorset care homes provide palliative care for your loved one. A palliative care home aims to provide the highest level of support and comfort to every resident. End-of-life care can be an emotional experience for everyone, so our care experts will support you at every step.

Are you open to other locations nearby?

Explore other nearby locations to help find your dream care home at the right budget. Care homes vary in price enormously between different towns and villages.

Lottie’s guide to Dorset

Need more guidance? Lottie’s team of Care Experts have prepared the ultimate guide to care homes in Dorset. Here you’ll find an overview of the local area and recommendations for elderly-friendly places to visit.

  • Overview

Welcome to Dorset

Dorset is packed full of amazing attractions and provides one of the UK’s very best settings for an elderly care seeker to live in. Dorset contains some of South West England’s most popular care homes.

Finding a care home shouldn’t feel overwhelming or stressful, which is why you can use our directory to easily compare care homes in Dorset. You can use our detailed home listings to find out things like overall care home costs and the different types of care available.

We also list the facilities and activities available in our homes. Many of these fun activities are put on by a dedicated activity coordinator or lifestyle team, while all staff will have the latest training.

Many of our Dorset care homes can be found in idyllic parts of the county such as Weymouth, Bournemouth and Dorchester. Your loved one will also be able to check out popular attractions like Durdle Door and Portland Bill.

Dorset contains some of the best care homes in the UK, including residential care homes, and dementia care homes - both of which provide friendly, round-the-clock support and personal care to people living in them. If your loved one requires support from a registered nurse, this can be provided in a nursing care home.

Popular Locations in Dorset

Durdle Door

Durdle Door might just be the most famous attraction on the Dorset coast. This towering rock archway was created through erosion around 140 million years ago and provides a gorgeous backdrop for a lovely beach day with you and your elderly loved ones.

Weymouth Harbour

The popular seaside town of Weymouth in Dorset is lined with a vast range of independent shops and numerous classic British pubs. Aside from enjoying the views and relaxing by the water, this area is also packed with history which older adults can enjoy.

Portland Bill

Joined to the mainland by the shingle arc of Chesil Beach, the Isle of Portland stretches out into the English Channel. This gorgeous rugged and rocky tip is an amazing place to watch waves dramatically crash against the cliffs.

Have you considered retirement living?

Not ready for a care home yet? Retirement living offers retirees an alternative housing option, where individuals can continue to live independently, but in a convenient and low-maintenance home-from-home environment. Explore these different retirement housing options, which offer varying levels of facilities, domestic support, and on-demand care services.

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