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.
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.
All-inclusive weekly fees range from £750-£980. This includes accommodation, personalised care, meals, laundry and activities. Complete our Cost Calculator for a price band based on your needs.
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.
We're only a few minutes from the beach, with local amenities on our doorstep. We’re within easy reach of Weymouth town centre & the historic harbourside and on the main bus route to Weymouth and Dorchester.
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.
Our residents are fond of the beautiful grounds, 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.
All our staff go on an intensive three-day Agincare training course 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 regularly. We also love memory boxes and jigsaws, and have plenty of room in the lounge to leave puzzles and games out. Animals such as dogs are also always really popular visitors!
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 welcome weekly activities that include armchair exercise classes, hair dressers, and quizzes. We also often enjoy manicures, coffee mornings, arts and crafts, reminiscence therapy, singalongs, games and much more.
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.
Read more about food and nutrition in our care homes.
Trafalgar is a beautiful listed building, and is set within gorgeous and secure gardens, both front and back.
On a sunny day, residents always enjoy sitting at our outdoor features, seeing the seasonal flowers, and taking a stroll across the grass.
We know how refreshing and stimulating spending time with nature is, and with how close we are to the lovely seaside, fresh air is in abundance.
I am incredibly excited to have joined the team at Trafalgar as Home Manager. My aim is to provide the same kindness and care that I would for my most treasured relative. I find my role very rewarding, and going home feeling like I have made a difference to someone’s day just fills me full of happiness.
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.”
Chief Operating Officer, Tim Buckley said:
“The team at Trafalgar Care Home is committed to providing high quality care for all its residents, so we are naturally disappointed that the home’s rating overall at last inspection by the CQC was ‘Requires Improvement’.
“Trafalgar Care Home has been historically rated ‘Good’, and continues to retain this status in key inspection areas (effective, caring and responsive). We are pleased that the CQC recognised the continual improvement being brought about by our new management team following previous inspection; and that health and social care professionals were positive about their experience of the home’s team.
“The inspectors also found that people in the home felt safe, and that our care workers were kind, respectful and attentive. They also heard about changes to care and support that people received, which has had a positive impact on their lives. We are committed to continuous improvement at Trafalgar Care Home, and are looking forward to the inspectors’ next visit, when I am very confident that the home will be rated ‘Good’ overall.”
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