Elderly care consumers in the UK have a tough decision to make when it comes to choosing a care home - there are now so many lovely modern care homes available that some people find it overwhelming trying to choose just one!
To help you narrow down your search, in this article we look at care homes in beautiful Dorset, where you’ll find fascinating history, miles of sandy beaches, World Heritage Sites and nature reserves, as well as plenty of quaint towns and villages, each with their own unique community buzz, including Poole, Dorchester, Sherbourne, Bournemouth, Christchurch and more. If you choose to adventure in this area of the UK, you’ll find attractions like Durdle Door, Pulpit Rock and Lulworth Cove and gorgeous beaches, as well as no fewer than five country parks.
So, if you’re after some high-quality care home info, take a look at our useful guide to the UK’s best care homes in Dorset- and for more options, check out our full list of Dorset care homes here.
First on our list of Dorset’s best care homes is Bourne View care home set in a nature reserve in Poole. Offering high-quality, 24/7 residential care, nursing care and assisted living care services in a warm and homely setting, Bourne View is an oasis of calm in peaceful natural surroundings.
Part of the Colten Care group, Bourne View is spread over three floors, with features including 68 en-suite bedrooms, in-house salon and spa, formal dining room and relaxed bistro and comfortable lounges, plus a Canopy Café and Roof Terrace complete with garden.
The team at Bourne View strive to keep residents engaged each day with a full programme of daily activities, including day trips and outings in the home’s specially adapted minibus. Bourne View also benefits from close connections with the local community, including Langside School.
Bourne View is conveniently located to nearby Poole and Bournemouth and has great transport access via road and public transport. There is also a private car park for visitors.
Next on our list is Barchester Healthcare’s Upton Bay, a high-quality care home located in Hamworthy. As well as residential care, Upton Bay also provides respite care and dementia care of such a high standard that it was awarded a top score of 10 from carehome.co.uk.
Facilities include 68 en-suite rooms, hair salon, a bar and café and gardens, plus a dedicated Memory Lane Community featuring memory boxes, adapted crockery and tableware, sensory gardens and activity kitchens to enable residents with dementia to reminisce and engage in everyday tasks. The expert staff, led by manager Melvin, are all trained to focus on each resident individually, tailoring each care plan to suit their unique needs and wants.
Upton Bay is well-located to plenty of local attractions, including Poole Quay, Sandbanks and Studland, offering boat trips, shops, restaurants, pubs and coastal walks.
Avon Cliff is a purpose-built care home in the seaside town of Bournemouth offering first-class residential and nursing care in a warm and welcoming setting. Part of the Colten Care group, there are 50 fully furnished rooms available at Avon Cliff, each with an en-suite bathroom and plenty of space for residents to add their own personal touches.
Facilities at the home include specialist bathrooms and hydrotherapy bath, a selection of communal lounges and a dining room that opens out onto gardens and residents are encouraged to join in the daily activities on offer, including singing, music, arts and crafts and gentle gardening in warmer weather. It’s no surprise the home is often praised for its uplifting spirit and community vibe.
As well as being just a short walk from Dorset’s famous sandy beaches, Avon Cliff is easily accessible by car and there is a frequent bus service nearby. The home also has parking for visitors.
Our next stop is at Care UK’s The Potteries, a brand-new purpose-built care home located in Broadstone that provides a range of personalised care services from permanent residential and nursing care to short-term respite care. The experienced team, led by manager Zita, are also trained in delivering dementia care and compassionate end of life care.
Among the numerous facilities at The Potteries, you’ll find a bustling coffee shop, a cinema, activities room, music room, multi-faith room, garden and an on-site hair and beauty salon for a spot of pampering - and residents are supported to join in daily activities that range from bingo and gardening to armchair exercise and singing. With all this on offer, it’s no wonder The Potteries was awarded a rating of Good by the Care Quality Commission.
The Potteries is a quick drive from the seaside, as well as nearby amenities in Broadstone and the surrounding areas, such as Upton Country Park and the Broadstone Golf Club.
Part of the Hamberley Care Homes group, Verwood House is our next stop, located in the picturesque town of Verwood on the edge of the New Forest. Verwood House offers top-class residential, dementia and nursing care, as well as short-term respite care.
Offering residents a busy and vibrant community with plenty to do, the home features en-suite bedrooms decorated in a range of different styles, spacious communal areas and living spaces, a cosy café and landscaped gardens with beautiful views of the surrounding nature reserve. The dedicated care team are passionate about providing the best level of care possible, taking a personalised approach to care to provide as much or as little support as residents want.
Verwood House benefits from its proximity to the Jurassic coast and Poole Harbour, meaning residents can enjoy day trips and outings to nearby Bournemouth, plus shopping areas and attractions like the Merryfield Theatre.
Another Colten Care group home to add to our Dorset collection, Avon Reach is situated in Christchurch, within walking distance of the famous Mudeford Quay. Providing 24-hour nursing care of the highest quality, Avon Reach is home to 60 en-suite bedrooms, spacious reception rooms, in-house hair salon, hydrotherapy bathrooms, library and gardens. Residents can even enjoy peaceful sea views from the second floor lounge.
The care team, headed up by manager Jess, pride themselves on their responsive and honest approach to care and each staff member has extensive care experience. Activities at the home range from gardening activities to singing and music - and there’s also a pen pal scheme to keep residents busy.
Avon Reach is just a stone’s throw from the leafy New Forest, as well as local shops and amenities and is well-connected by both road and public transport. There is also dedicated visitor parking on-site.
To round off our list we’ve got Upton Manor in Upton, East Dorset, a luxurious care home offering residential, dementia and nursing care, as well as short-term respite care. Inside the home, you’ll find spacious en-suite bedrooms decorated in different themes, a wellbeing and beauty salon, café and deluxe cinema.
The team at Upton Manor take a person-centred approach to care, meaning that every resident’s unique wellbeing needs are taken into consideration to create a tailored care package that works for them. There’s also a dedicated wellbeing and lifestyle coach on-hand to create a nurturing environment for staff and residents alike.
Surrounding Upton is a pretty part of Dorset, with nature and wildlife in abundance. Residents have the opportunity to visit local shops, coffee shops and churches, as well as Upton Heath Nature Reserve, nearby Bournemouth and World Heritage Sites like the Old Harry Rocks.
Our next care home is the unique Castle View care home in Dorchester. Providing residential care and nursing care and luxury en-suite accommodation for up to 57 residents, there are four luxury suites available at the home with separate sleeping and living areas, as well as an activities room, cafe, hair salon and specialist bathrooms, including a hydrotherapy bath.
Part of the Colten Care group, the friendly care team at Castle View work hard to create a welcoming and pleasant atmosphere at the home, where residents can enjoy companionship, as well as joining in with singing, music, exercise and arts and crafts sessions.
Located in the sought-after Poundbury estate with stunning panoramic views over the surrounding countryside, Castle View is easily accessible by car, with a regular bus stop in the area and two different train stations less than half a mile from the home. There is also visitor parking available.
So, that’s our round-up of the best care homes in Dorset - we hope you’ve found it useful! Good luck on your care search - and if you have any care home questions, Dorset or otherwise, feel free to get in touch with us.