Agincourt Care Home in Weymouth provides affordable residential, respite, holiday and palliative care for people aged 50+ with dementia or serious mental health care needs.
We have a wealth of specialist experience of affordable care for people aged 50+ with dementia or serious mental health care needs, including mixed dementia, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, corticobasal degeneration (CBD), alcohol-related brain damage (ARBD), schizophrenia and personality disorders.
People are at the heart of Agincourt. We respect all our residents – their dignity, beliefs, space, and their right to make personal choices in care.
As our residents’ needs change, so do the level and type of care they receive from us. We never forget that Agincourt is their home for as long as they stay here.
As well as caring for our residents we care about their families too. We don’t have set visiting times, and our door is always open for a chat. We also have a quarterly residents’ and families’ forum.
The Care Quality Commission completed an assessment of how Gorseway is managing the impact of COVID-19 on 2 June 2020. The Emergency Support Framework (ESF) Summary Record includes a positive response to every question asked and an equally positive overall summary.
We understand that families have real concerns over the safety of residents at this time and would like to provide reassurance that we are doing everything in our power to minimise the risk of our care home residents getting COVID-19.
We’re happy to announce that we’re ready to welcome visitors back to our care homes – albeit with a few stipulations to minimise the risk.
Our care home is in the Lodmoor area of Weymouth, a few minutes from the beach. Local amenities are on our doorstep. And we’re within easy reach of Weymouth town centre and the historic harbourside.
Fees start from £595 per week and funding may be available.
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At Agincourt we’ve created a relaxed and homely environment for all our residents. We have two comfortable, spacious lounges and a dining room. There’s plenty of space for group activities, or somewhere to find a quieter spot.
Residents and visitors are welcome to use the free Agincourt Wi-Fi. All our care homes have an iPad for residents to use – Skype calls work really well – and for families to use when they visit.
We have a lovely enclosed and secure garden with a large lawn and flowerbeds. Our residents love to watch the wildlife in the garden – in and around our enclosed pond and our birdfeeders. Residents also get involved in gardening, planting up hanging baskets and filling the birdfeeders.
Our garden is a great spot for BBQs and garden parties in the summer.
There are 30 single bedrooms at Agincourt (although one can be used as a double room to accommodate a couple who wish to remain together), across the ground floor and the first floor. All our rooms have en-suites or washbasins in the room. Rooms without en-suites have accessible wetrooms and bathrooms nearby. We also have a jacuzzi bathroom upstairs.
Most of the bedrooms on the ground floor have direct access to our garden, with room for a table and chairs.
Before a new resident arrives at Agincourt we like to find out about their likes and dislikes, so we can arrange their bedroom in a welcoming way. However, once they’re here we encourage residents to personalise their rooms with their own photos and furniture.
Personal possessions help residents feel at home and provide extra stimulation and time for reminiscence. Each bedroom’s front door is a different colour, with a number, door knocker, letterbox and photo, which makes it more recognisable.
Matt Dennis-Andrews is the registered manager of Agincourt.
I love my job and am privileged to have such a good, kind and loving team here. We have very low staff turnover – one of our care workers has been here for 22 years! We’ve taken staff members from apprentice to senior care worker – I’m so proud of them all.
Working in a care home is not a job you can do half-heartedly. Every day is different here, and we all pull together and do the very best we can for our lovely residents. We’re like a big family.
Some examples of how our staff go the extra mile for our residents:
All our staff go on an intensive three-day Agincare induction and training before starting at Agincourt.
We have staff champions for dementia, dignity, nutrition and hydration and activities. We also have staff leads for whistleblowing and safeguarding.
As we’re a specialist dementia care home we don’t have a structured activities schedule. Our plans will often change on the day, according to what our residents feel like doing.
When we borrow a minibus from one of our sister homes we like to make the most of it with trips out.
A recent voyage around Portland Harbour on the MV Freedom was a real success. Our residents also love visiting Portland Bill and the tea rooms at Moreton.
We love music at Agincourt. We regularly welcome singers and keyboard players and love Magdalena’s music and drum sessions. Our residents regularly listen to their favourite tunes on our bluetooth headphones. We now have a playlist so diverse it’s worthy of a Radio 2 show!
Our residents always create fantastic pictures and paintings with the Creative Minds group. There are also keep-fit and aromatherapy sessions.
We like to be sociable and enjoy our annual Christmas party and raffle, garden parties in the summer and the annual Care Home Open Day.
We attend the Veterans’ Parade and the Remembrance Day service on Weymouth Esplanade. Our residents also love to have a stall at events in Radipole Park Gardens, where they sell greetings cards they’ve designed themselves.
Being part of the local community is important to us, so the people we care for are connected, not isolated. Representatives from our local church visit on the first Wednesday of every month.
We can also provide:
Good, wholesome home-cooked food is essential at a care home. We have two experienced cooks who prepare traditional home-cooked meals. Their homemade cakes and biscuits are always popular!
Our cooks always ask for feedback from our residents, and are more than willing to adapt menus. Our kitchen staff have received a 5* ‘Very Good’ rating from the Food Standards Agency.
Mealtimes are really important to us. We encourage our residents to eat together as there are so many social and nutritional benefits.
However, people can choose to eat their meals in private too, if they prefer. If the weather’s warm enough, we might eat outside. We also encourage families to come and join their loved ones for meals.
We have picture and written menus, but we always re-offer before serving, to check our residents haven’t changed their minds about what they’d like to eat.
Read more about food and nutrition in our care homes.
Agincourt is a home from home, lovely en-suite rooms with all your own things around you. Even hubby’s dogs can come along to visit which is wonderful for him. The care cannot be faulted compassionate, dignified and extremely thoughtful 24/7.
I always get a very warm welcome when arriving at Agincourt and always get told how my Mum has been. The staff are exceptional and very caring.
A jolly and noisy place to be, with very helpful staff who work with confidence and the food is good!
The staff are always supportive, friendly and caring.
The Agincourt Team is committed to providing quality care to all its residents, so we are disappointed with the CQC’s decision to downgrade the home’s rating from Good to Requires Improvement. Indeed, the report noted that staff support residents to have choice and control over their lives, that residents feel safe at Agincourt, and enjoy their meals and our activities.
However, we are supporting the Agincourt team to address the inspectors’ concerns in areas such as assessing risks, signage and record-keeping, so that all aspects of our residents’ care are managed properly.
We have put an action plan in place and are extending our electronic care record system into Agincourt with the aim for this to be fully operational by the end of March. This will give staff up-to-the-minute information and prompts for each resident’s bespoke care plan.
With our collective determination to improve, I am confident that the inspectors will see positive changes the next time they visit.
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