Reasons to be cheerful at Cheriton

Published: Wednesday 17th August 2022

Cheriton, our Agincare care home nestled in the quiet surroundings of Dorchester, has recently been rated as ‘Good’ following an inspection by independent care watchdog CQC (Care Quality Commission).

The unannounced inspection on 23 and 24 June saw the home rated as ‘Good’ in two key areas:  Safe and Well-Led, with the other key areas (Effective, Caring, Responsive) rated ‘Good’ from a previous visit – retaining a ‘Good’ standard overall.

Intended as a real home-from-home to residents, Cheriton provides high-quality, affordable residential, respite, reablement and dementia care to older people. Dignity, respect and the right to personal choices in care is at the cornerstone of all services provided.

Most importantly, residents and their families told inspectors how much their loved ones enjoyed life at Cheriton, supported by caring and knowledgeable staff who knew them well. The positive and open relationship between residents, the care team and visiting health professionals was also highlighted in the report.

Cheriton Registered Manager Denise Chripps

Registered Manager Denise Chrippes could not be more thrilled about her team’s achievements:

We are delighted that Cheriton Care Home has been rated ‘Good’ following recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission.


Cheriton has not only retained its historic overall ‘Good’ rating, but is also rated good in every single inspection category – a testament to the efforts of our incredible team and the community that we, our residents and their loved ones have built together.  


It has been a challenging two years, and we were particularly pleased that that the people the inspectors spoke to said that our residents enjoyed living at Cheriton.

Life At Cheriton

Large and spacious, Cheriton boasts 70 bedrooms in a range of sizes, including some to accommodate couples. Many ground floor rooms have direct access to the large garden and courtyard. Residents can add their own personality to their rooms by bringing furniture, photographs and other meaningful possessions.

Each resident is treated as an individual so that their care needs, lifestyle choices and diet can be catered for. Cheriton is very fortunate to have a skilled activities co-ordinator who arranges stimulating group activities, but also works with residents individually in their rooms.

Visits from families and friends are always encouraged, with tea, coffee and a warm welcome always available. Regular trips to Brewery Square and Borough Gardens remain popular, as do visits from the local community.

Cheriton is now recruiting people for caring in a wide variety of roles, offering flexible working patterns with full-time and part-time roles, plus competitive pay, £500 welcome bonus and free training.

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Click here to read Cheriton’s CQC report.