Types of care homes in Dorchester

Published: Tuesday 12th May 2020

A bustling market town within easy reach of Dorset’s beautiful Jurassic Coast, Dorchester is a fantastic choice of location for a care home. There are lots of day trips to be enjoyed to towns such as Weymouth, Lyme Regis, Swanage and Sherborne.

Starting to research care homes in Dorchester for yourself or a loved one can be a daunting task. Perhaps you‘re wondering what you should look for to find a care home that provides high-quality care in a homely environment?

No doubt you will want it to be a happy and safe place in comfortable surroundings with caring and experienced staff. But does it cover the type and level of care that you need? How is it rated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)? What do existing and recent clients think of the home?

This page describes some of the different types of care provided in care homes, provides an introduction to the CQC ratings and reviews and suggests some good questions to ask when visiting care homes.

Cheriton Care Home

Agincare’s care home in Dorchester offers affordable residential, respite, reablement and dementia care and is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC.

Cheriton is on a leafy road in the centre of the county town, near to shops, restaurants, doctors and the county hospital. Close to bus stops and Dorchester’s two train stations, Cheriton has great public transport links in and around town.

The care home has excellent facilities, including a lovely safe and enclosed garden and plenty of space for activities.

Care homes in Dorchester, Dorset

There are a number of other care homes in Dorchester with professional care teams providing personal care 24-hours a day. Residents have private bedrooms and access to communal areas, such as a lounge, dining room and garden.

Most care homes are predominantly for elderly people, but some also cater for younger adults with disabilities. Many care homes will also offer short-term reablement (after hospital discharge) to help people get back on their feet or respite care to give family carers a well-deserved break.

Daily activities are an important part of life in a care home. Activities such as singing, dancing, arts and crafts, hairdressing and gardening keep residents mentally and physically engaged and active.

If you’re choosing a care home in Dorchester you may want to ask for more information about the activities and trips on offer to residents. If you have any hobbies you want to keep going after you move to a care home, would that be possible?

Some homes have a full-time activities co-ordinator on their team. They will devise activity programmes, and get feedback from residents on what’s popular.

The quality and choice of food is always something to take into consideration when you’re choosing a care home in Dorchester. Does the care home have its own chef?

Points to cover when you’re researching a care home include whether the food is freshly prepared, how much choice there is and whether they cater for special dietary needs. Meals should be a social occasion – do the staff encourage residents to eat together?

You can also read our 10 tips for choosing the right care home in Dorchester, including a handy downloadable checklist.

Care homes for people with dementia

People living with dementia will have different experiences, depending on their diagnosis and the stage of their dementia. Staff with specialist dementia expertise will tailor care to the needs of each person, as well as providing a dementia-friendly care home environment.

Nursing homes in Dorchester, Dorset

Nursing homes have registered nurses on duty 24 hours a day qualified to provide the same level of care as district nurses, such as administering medicines and treating complex wounds.

Nursing homes are best suited to people with long-term illnesses or medical conditions that need regular attention by nurses.

What are the CQC ratings?

The CQC is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. They register, monitor, inspect and rate health and social care services in a similar way that Ofsted do for schools.

Through their work they aim to make sure that services provided are safe, effective, compassionate and high quality and to encourage care services to improve.

You can read the latest inspection report for any care home on their website.

Watch ‘How to find a good care home’ video from Age UK