Gainsborough Care Home provides a safe and homely environment within a real village community. Situated in the heart of Swanage, Gainsborough is positioned within easy reach of the GP practice, village shop, bakery and cafes with the beautiful seafront just a short distance away.

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After being completely refurbished to a very high standard Gainsborough is fully equipped to support people living with a range of conditions. There are 48 bedrooms across the ground floor and the first floor for people living at Gainsborough. Our first floor is fully accessible, by stairs or a lift. Our three comfortable lounges and our dining room mean there is plenty of space for group activities, or somewhere to find a quieter spot.

Our home gives options for healthy retirement living that allows you to live independently safe in the knowledge that, whatever support you require, the right support is at hand.

Social activities

We place great emphasis on social activities and maintaining the type of life you have had at home, whether that is a quiet and relaxed lifestyle or an active lifestyle.


At Gainsborough Care Home you will be served freshly prepared home cooked meals by our team of expert chefs. They ensure all our meals are healthy, nutritionally balanced and, most importantly, locally sourced wherever possible. Meals are served in our superb dining room, but you also have the option for food to be served in your room for a more private dining experience.

Nutrition is an important part of the care we provide. That’s why our catering team take time to get to know your likes and dislikes before putting together a vibrant and varied menu for you to choose from.


There are 48 bedrooms across the ground floor and the first floor for people living at Gainsborough. Our first floor is fully accessible, by stairs or a lift. All our rooms have ensuites or a washbasin in the room. The rooms without ensuites have accessible bathrooms or wet rooms nearby.

The bedrooms are a blank canvas for you to personalise with your own photos, pictures and furniture to help you feel at home. It also helps our care team understand what’s important to you, help in building a warm relationship. One of our residents even brought her budgie with her when she moved in.


We are lucky enough to have a beautiful landscaped garden. You can join in outdoor activities, such as skittles, or simply enjoy the fresh sea air. Or if you prefer a more relaxing afternoon activity, we have a beautiful summer house with a seating area and coffee table inside, which you can use to read your book or entertain your family and friends.

There’s a pond and a fountain, and an area where you can plant your own bulbs and flowers. Plus, in the summer we’ll have chairs, tables and parasols out so you can relax in the sunshine.

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Gainsborough Care Home features

We have a summer house with indoor and outdoor seating

Multiple spacious communal lounges and dining areas

Weekly hairdressing and pampering session in our salon

We have 48 bedrooms, and we encourage you to personalise yours

Delicious home-cooked meals with a 5 star food rating

Stunning garden with beautiful flower arrangements

We have a tablet for residents to use to video call family regularly

Daily activities and weekly outings

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Frequently asked questions

We’re within a short distance from the beach and the shops. But if you prefer to take the bus into Swanage town centre with its library, theatre, places to eat, and the impressive Swanage Railway, we’re handily placed on the bus route.

You can also take the Number 40 in the other direction and go all the way to Poole, or even Bournemouth.

When you move in to our home, you have the option to enjoy mealtimes in the communal areas with other residents, or to enjoy some private time in your room.

Our expert chefs prepare a daily menu with nutritious options for you to choose from based on your likes and dislikes. Our chefs will always ask for feedback, and are more than willing to adapt menus.

What’s more, our care teams are always on hand to support and encourage you at mealtimes, ensuring you get the nutrition and hydration needed.

Our bespoke care and support is available for a single weekly fee. That includes care, accommodation, laundry, meals, housekeeping, social outings and more.

That means no additional charges or hidden fees, just consistent, all-inclusive support for a weekly fee.

Prior to your move in to our home, you’ll receive a free no obligation care assessment so we can understand your care needs and create a care plan that suits you best. Your family is welcome to join this process. This allows us to create a bespoke care package that allows you to have the best quality of life.

Plus, through our portal, you and your loved ones can easily check on your care with real-time updates on medication, nutrition, welfare, and more. Read notes from our care teams and keep tabs on the care you receive—all at the click of a button.

Funding may be available from your local authority. Firstly, they will check how much help and what kind of care you need: this is the needs assessment. Following on from that, the free financial assessment calculates the total cost of care and how much you’ll need to contribute.

If you don’t want a financial assessment you can choose to pay for your care home yourself – this is called self-funding.

Here at Gainsborough we offer tailored 24-hour a day respite care that allows you to continue living life your way with as much support you may need from our care team.

This could be a one-off stay, to give a regular family carer a much-needed break, or a regular arrangement to give you variety in your care. Our personalised care can last as long as you need it to and can start within 24-hours.

Yes, we are delighted to welcome visitors into our home. Once you become a resident at our home, there are no set visiting hours, so your family and friends are free to come and go as much as they want.

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