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. In February 2018 the Care Quality Commission rated Crecy as ‘Good’ overall. We are particularly proud that the inspectors gave us an ‘Outstanding’ rating for our care.
Visitors are welcome at any time, and our door is always open for a chat.
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 the seaside town of Weymouth in Dorset. We’re about a mile from the beach and the town centre. There are local amenities such as doctors, dentist, various shops, supermarkets, pubs and hotels all within easy reach.
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 ensuite), 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.
The Cottage – a self-contained annexe to our main building – gives the residents living there more independence, with help on hand when they need it. The Cottage has its own bedrooms (mostly ensuite), plus a kitchen, wetroom and lounge.
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.
At Crecy we’ve created a relaxed and homely environment for all our residents. Residents are welcome to move throughout the house.
Our comfortable, spacious lounges and dining rooms overlook our lovely garden. Together with our conservatory, there’s always somewhere to sit and chat with others, or to find a quieter spot.
Residents and visitors are welcome to use the free Crecy Wi-Fi. All our care homes have a tablet for residents to use, and our Wi-Fi has proved very popular with the children of visiting families!
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.
Gordon Collins is the registered manager of Crecy Care Home in Weymouth and a qualified psychiatric nurse.
It’s safe to say that there’s nowhere quite like Crecy – it’s a brilliantly diverse and interesting place. We’re a real community here – a place where people are treated as individuals, so they’re enabled wherever possible to be what they want to be.
A lot of the people living here don’t have family, so it’s up to us to bring fun and laughter, and to celebrate their birthdays and other occasions with them. Smiling is a big part of what Crecy’s about.
Crecy is a home for life. We do everything we can so our residents feel completely safe, cared-for and happy, while encouraging their independence. We work hard to support them to have choice and control over their lives as much as possible, as their needs change.
I’m incredibly proud of the team here, and many of them have worked at Crecy for several years – there’s great continuity of care. Whichever role they have, whether they care, clean or cook, all our staff are friendly, kind and compassionate – they really care about caring for people.
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 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.
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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