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Badbury Care Home, Dorchester

Badbury Care Home is a real home for life in the heart of Dorset’s county town of Dorchester, providing affordable residential, respite and dementia care.

We respect all our residents - their dignity, their space, and their right to make personal choices in care. Each resident is different, and we offer a range of activities and menu options so every person feels happy, stimulated and cared-for.

We’re close to Brewery Square and all Dorchester’s amenities. Being in the centre of Dorset, Badbury is really easy to get to. We’re within easy reach of the A35 and both train stations. And we’re right on the bus route to and from Weymouth.

As well as caring for our residents we care about their families too. Our door is always open for a chat, and our families’ forum gives relatives a way to support each other.

We’re proud that the CQC gave Badbury a rating of ‘good’ right across the board in its February 2019 inspection report.

Care home facilities

We use an online care planning tool to give our staff immediate real-time access to residents’ likes, dislikes and care information on a handset. Our care workers can easily keep track of a resident’s day, including medication, repositioning, hydration and how much they’ve eaten.

After a £½ million refurbishment programme, Badbury is fully equipped to deal with a range of needs and requirements. But because we want Badbury to feel like ‘home’, we don’t furnish our communal rooms in a clinical way. Our comfortable lounges and dining rooms mean there is plenty of space for group activities, or somewhere to find a quieter spot.

Residents and visitors are welcome to use the free Badbury 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. Visitors often bring in their own devices and use our wi-fi to show loved ones videos and photos, and to play games. And our wi-fi has proved very popular with the children of visiting families! 

We encourage our 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 and style, which makes it more recognisable.

There are bedrooms on the ground floor and the first floor. We have rooms with direct access to the garden or our courtyard. Our first floor is fully accessible, by stairs or a lift. Some of our rooms have en-suites and others have en-suite wet rooms, which make showering easier. The rooms without en-suites have accessible bathrooms or wetrooms nearby.

We have a secure garden where residents can join in outdoor activities or simply enjoy being outside. We have an area planted with herbs and scented plants to make a sensory garden. It’s a really lovely outdoor space.

We’d love to introduce you to the home, our staff and our residents. 
To arrange a visit please call 
0800 0121 247 or email us.
We currently have rooms available for permanent and respite care from £595/week.

Badbury Care Home Garden

“Thank you so much for taking great care of R over the past couple of years. He was very happy with being there, even if he said on occasion he wasn’t! He enjoyed all the time and energy you all gave him and we are truly grateful to you all for that.”
Wife of Resident 

Our staff

We’re really proud of our staff and how warm, friendly and compassionate they are - whichever role they’re in.

All our staff go on an intensive three-day Agincare induction before starting at Badbury. Training covers moving and handling, safe handling of medicines, infection control, fire awareness and food hygiene, followed by a 12 week induction and training period.

Once our care staff have successfully completed a three-month probation they have the option to move on to a QCF Level 2 or 3 qualification in health and social care.

As well as regular reviews and supervisions we carry out mandatory annual and two-year refresher training, plus specialist training including subjects such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, stroke and Parkinson’s.

We really value the strong relationships we’ve developed with the district nursing team and our local GPs.

We’d love to introduce you to the home, our staff and our residents. 
To arrange a visit please call 
0800 0121 247 or email us.
We currently have rooms available for permanent and respite care from £595/week.

Social activities

At Badbury we’re lucky to have two activities co-ordinators - one, who works with people one-to-one, spending time with them in their own rooms, and another, who organises the group activities.

Being part of the local community is important to us, so the people we care for are connected, not isolated. We have strong connections with local church groups. 

We also have links with a local Dorchester pre-school. Each Wednesday children visit us to play games, and sing songs and nursery rhymes.

Animals coming into our home make for a real talking point, and we love it when visitors bring their pets into Badbury. We also have regular ‘pet therapy’ sessions. We’ve welcomed dogs, kittens, owls, lambs, even alpacas and donkeys into Badbury!

Our activity schedule is varied. We welcome musical entertainers, ranging from fun to classical, and have even been known to enjoy a bit of Greek ‘Zorba’ dancing! Other activities in a week could include:

  • Exercise classes
  • Arts and crafts
  • Manicures and beauty treatments
  • Singalongs
  • Memory boxes
  • Hair-dressing
  • Baking and then eating!

Badbury Care Home Garden Party

We also get out and about as much as we can. Trips to Weymouth, and fish and chips or ice creams on the Esplanade, are a big favourite!

Our monthly care talks are also open to relatives and the local community. Recent topics have covered:

  • Supporting people with dementia
  • Planning to pay for care
  • Presentations from the Samaritans and the RNIB.

“The home offers a warm and friendly atmosphere; staff treat us as one of the family.” 

Food and nutrition

Good, wholesome home-cooked food is essential at a care home. Here at Badbury we’re incredibly lucky to have two amazingly talented chefs, who cook with locally-sourced ingredients as much as possible. They always ask for feedback from our residents, including through our residents’ forum, and are more than willing to adapt menus. Our kitchen staff have received a 5* ‘Very Good’ rating from Environmental Health.

We serve three main meals a day and mealtimes are really important. 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. 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.

If you’d like to find out more about Badbury and how we could support you or a loved-one, call us on 0800 0121 247.

You can also download our Badbury factsheet.

8 Weymouth Avenue
United Kingdom
POINT (-2.44346 50.705231)
Care Home Email Address:
Care Offered: 
  • Residential care
  • Dementia care
  • Respite care
Key Facilities: 
  • Located near to the amenities of Dorchester and Brewery Square
  • Registered for 33 residents
  • Open plan communal areas allowing freedom for movement
  • Delicious home-cooked meals with catering for most other dietary requirements.
  • Variety of interesting and stimulating activities, for all individuals
  • Visitors welcome anytime
Lead Image: 
Matthew Dennis-Andrews
Care Home Testimonial: 

Thank you so much for all your help and support for Dad and for making the family get together so special.

Thank you for all the cards and presents and a beautiful cake and for making S's  80th birthday special.

Thank you so much for taking great care of R over the past couple of years. We really do appreciate all you have done. R was very happy with being there, even if he said on occasion he wasn't! He enjoyed all the time and energy you all gave him and we are truly grateful to you all for that.


Words cannot express myself and my family's appreciation of your kindness to N. No one could have cared for N better than you.

My mum was only at Badbury for a short while but was cared for so well. The staff were patient and caring and always tried to accommodate anything extra she needed or wanted.


Many thanks for all your kindness shown to J over the past few months. Badbury Care Home



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01305 265 365

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Opening Date: 
Friday, September 4, 2020

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