Crecy Care Home is a specialist mental health care home in Weymouth, providing affordable residential and respite care for older people with dementia, and younger adults with serious mental health care needs.
‘Family’ is the feeling at the heart of Crecy. When someone arrives at Crecy, they immediately become part of our family. We care for them and help them maintain their independence, decision-making and control as much as they can.
Crecy is their home, and we support their changing mental health and physical needs so they can stay here as long as they want to.
We respect all our residents – their dignity, privacy, space, and their right to make personal choices.
The Care Quality Commission rated Crecy as ‘Good’ overall and we’re particularly proud that the inspectors rated us ‘Outstanding’ for our care.
Family members of people with dementia can often feel neglected and frustrated. We encourage their involvement and support, so we can work together to give their loved-one the very best care.
We’re in the Radipole area of Weymouth, about a mile from the beach and town centre. There are local amenities such as doctors, dentists, shops, supermarkets, pubs and hotels all within easy reach.
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 to residents.
Fees start from £670 per week and funding may be available. Complete our Care Home Cost Calculator to find suitable homes close to you and give you a guide to the weekly care costs.
Crecy has an environment and facilities you won’t find at other care homes. From our independent living Cottage and specialist mental health unit, through to our dementia care unit, Crecy can help with the full range of mental health difficulties.
Crecy really is a “home from home”. Many of our residents have been with us for more than 10 years. As their needs have changed, so has the level and type of care they receive from us. Crecy is home and it remains home from the point of admission to discharge.
We have a specialist mental health unit where we provide mental health care across the board.
It is one of the few units in the south-west dedicated to caring for people aged 18+ with serious and enduring mental illness.
The mental health unit, together with the independent living Cottage, provides the ideal setting for those who need ongoing care following their discharge from hospital into less secure accommodation.
Residents in both units enjoy the greatest freedom possible, combined with the highest levels of mental healthcare provided by highly experienced and trained staff.
The Cottage is a self-contained annexe to our main building with its own bedrooms (mostly en-suite), plus a kitchen, wetroom and lounge.
It gives its residents a level of independence, particular to each person, with help on hand when they need it. It also provides ideal community rehabilitation tailored to the people living there.
Our dementia unit provides personal and supportive assistance to even the most challenging dementia cases.
We care for people with all types of dementia, including Korsakoff’s Syndrome and Lewy Body Dementia.
There are 36 single bedrooms in Crecy, across three floors of our main house and The Cottage.
All our rooms have en-suites or washbasins in the room. The rooms without en-suites have accessible bathrooms nearby.
Some of our bedrooms have amazing views over the Radipole Lake RSPB reserve, Weymouth and beyond. Others open directly onto the garden.
We encourage our residents to personalise their rooms with their own photos and furniture. Personal possessions help residents feel at home, and give the staff at Crecy an extra insight into family and friends, likes, dislikes and experiences.
We love our garden. Most of the bedrooms of the ground floor have direct access to our outside space, with room for a table and chairs.
The secure, enclosed garden has different areas, including a south-facing lawned area, borders, a greenhouse and raised beds planted and maintained by the residents.
There is also an area which is less ‘manicured’, specifically to attract wildlife, including hedgehogs.
You can always hear birdsong in the Crecy garden, and the bird feeders are very popular.
All our staff go on an intensive three-day Agincare training course before starting at Crecy.
We have excellent relationships with other health and social care professionals – from the local community mental health teams for older and younger people, to outreach teams and social workers.
It’s our residents with dementia who get involved most with our activities, which often involve music and art. A local art therapy group comes in often to get residents drawing, with impressive results.
Izzy comes in regularly to sit and talk with those residents who don’t get visitors. The information she learns during these chats helps us build an even better picture of the people living here.
We have strong links with a local secondary school. Our manager goes into school to talk to students about the realities of mental health and living in a care home.
We also welcome students in for work experience, where they begin to learn the vital, yet complicated, role of a care worker.
We also have professionals who come into Crecy to do:
As part of their care package many of our residents go out on trips with homecare workers on a regular basis. This enables them to enjoy a normality of lifestyle not generally associated with living in a care home.
Good, wholesome home-cooked food is essential at a care home. We have experienced chefs, who prepare a wide range of home-cooked meals. They 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, or outside in the garden if it’s warm enough.
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.
Snacks and drinks are always on hand, and some of the residents will order in the occasional takeaway.
Read more about food and nutrition in our care homes.
“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.”
All staff at Crecy are excellent. They are very pleasant and extremely caring to the residents.
My sister has recently arrived here and seems very happy. On my first visit, the manager and staff greeted me with a smile and were chatty and friendly. I was offered a lunch which was yum. Everything I saw was done with extreme care. A care home that goes the extra mile. Well done.
Staff are very friendly/caring and helpful. Nothing is too much trouble. Despite his dementia dad has a good rapport with his carers. Manager willing to turn his hand to anything to help his staff look after the residents.
The care home is always clean and tidy. All the staff get on well together that’s good for all the patients and visitors. The food is of good quality, the nursing home also has a nice garden out the back where the residents can sit outside if they wish. It’s very reassuring my mum is in such a nice home.
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