Trafalgar Care Home is a real home for life in the seaside town of Weymouth in Dorset. We provide high-quality affordable residential, respite, palliative and end-of life care for people living with dementia and cognitive impairment.
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 proud that the CQC has given Trafalgar a rating of ‘good’ (June 2019).
We’re in the Lodmoor area of Weymouth, a few minutes from the beach. Local amenities are on our doorstep. And we’re within easy reach of Weymouth town centre and the historic harbourside.
We’re on the bus route to get into Weymouth town centre or Dorchester. It’s also not far from Weymouth train station, with trains going up to Waterloo or Bath and beyond.
As well as caring for our residents we care about their families too. Our door is always open for a chat, and our residents’ and families’ forum gives relatives a way to support each other.
At Trafalgar Care Home we’ve created a relaxed and homely environment for all our residents.
We have two comfortable lounges and a dining room on the ground floor, which are perfect for chatting and joining in activities. We’ve also got a smaller, quieter lounge upstairs, which is great for when people come to visit.
We have lawned gardens at the front and the back of Trafalgar. There’s plenty of space to sit outside – and we put a gazebo up in the summer when it’s sunny.
We grow our own tomatoes, and we like our colourful hanging baskets and our birdfeeders.
There are 26 bedrooms at Trafalgar (including three double-sized rooms), across the ground floor and the first floor. Our first floor is fully accessible, by stairs or a lift. Many of our bedrooms look out onto one of our gardens
All our rooms have en-suites or washbasins in the room. The rooms without an en-suite have accessible shower rooms and bathrooms nearby.
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.
We’re in the process of painting each bedroom’s front door a different colour, which makes it more recognisable.
Pat McIntyre is the registered manager of Trafalgar Care Home in Weymouth.
I’ve worked for Agincare for more than 20 years. I love my residents and we all make a great team here. Some staff members have also been here for long time, which makes for reassuring continuity and stability of care.
Trafalgar is a home for life, and we do everything we can so our residents feel completely safe, cared-for and happy. We work hard to support them to have choice and control over their lives as much as possible, as their needs change.
Our staff go the extra mile for our residents:
All our staff go on an intensive three-day Agincare induction before starting at Trafalgar.
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 like to work with our residents to plan our activities and outings, including trips to Portland, the beach or the garden centre.
Many of our activities are music-based. We have a musician in the home at least once a week. We also love memory boxes and jigsaws, and have plenty of room in the lounge to leave puzzles and games out.
Animals are also always really popular visitors. These are mostly dogs, although we have one family who bring their mum’s tortoise in to visit!
Our residents love watching old films, so we regularly have movie nights, with popcorn and ice creams. We also like to join in sporting events, and get really involved in Wimbledon and the World Cup!
We also pride ourselves that we have taken part in the annual national Care Home Open Day event since its creation in 2012. We invite friends, family and professionals to this annual event which gives care homes a chance to show all the good that happens in the health and social care sector.
We can also provide:
We have a great rapport with our district nurses, who are here every day. The local nurse practitioner holds a mini-surgery every Thursday for our residents, where they can get a flu jab and check-up.
Good, wholesome home-cooked food is essential at a care home.
We have two cooks, who prepare a great variety of traditional home-cooked meals. They always ask for feedback from our residents, including through our residents’ forum, and are more than willing to adapt menus.
Our kitchen staff use two kitchens (one specifically for hot drinks and snacks) and 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 their room 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.
The management and all other staff are considerate, kind and professional. They communicate well and thoroughly to family and friends and they always put the resident’s needs first. I would highly recommend this home, as I believe it is the best home my Mum could have, if she can’t be at home.
This is a delightful home that has the welfare of my sister first and foremost in all that they do. The staff are all lovely. They engage with my sister and treat her with compassion and respect. The management lead by example and ensure that the home runs smoothly at all times. I couldn’t wish for a better environment for my sister.
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
“My Aunt grew to greatly trust, care for and respect the care worker and it was always a pleasure to see her on our regular visits where she went out of her way to make us welcome and make the times we spent with my Aunt so happy.”
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