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.
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.
On Weymouth Avenue, next door to Maumbury Care Home. We’re close to Brewery Square and all Dorchester’s amenities, including shops, the cinema, parks, GP surgeries and the hospital.
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 wet rooms 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’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 and training before starting at Badbury.
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.
We really value the strong relationships we’ve developed with the district nursing team and our local GPs.
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:
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:
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 the Food Standards Agency.
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.
My mother was quickly and kindly settled in and now sees this as home. An immense relief for my wife and I. Thank you to all at Badbury.
Visiting my sister with dementia on three unannounced visits, I found the staff very helpful in every way. The accommodation and cleanliness etc was excellent
The staff are all friendly and helpful. Always feel comfortable talking to them about Mum and they always do their best to accommodate. Mum is getting the best care she can. Thank you.
My father-in-law is extremely happy and well looked after at Badbury. He regularly tells us he ‘couldn’t be anywhere better’ and I totally agree.
Everyone here is welcoming and friendly.
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Being in the centre of Dorset, Badbury is really easy to get to. We’re within easy reach of the A35 and the A354.
Sat nav: DT1 2EN
There's plenty of room to park in the car park at the front of Badbury Care Home.
We’re right on the bus route to and from Weymouth and within walking distance of both Dorchester train stations.