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Enjoy an independent lifestyle,
in the heart of Dorchester


Be as sociable as you like,
with all the attractions of the Market
town only a short stroll away

New tool to help tackle dementia

Last week, retirement community operator LifeCare Residences, welcomed guests – including the Mayor of Dorchester – to unveil a new tool to help tackle dementia.

Through a series of interactive light games, the Magic Table stimulates both physical and cognitive activity, whilst encouraging social interaction – providing a new way for residents to interact with each other, as well as family members and staff, creating happy memories.

Graham Oakes, Somerleigh Court manager, said: “As soon as we saw the Magic Table being demonstrated, we knew that we had to get one and are very pleased that we did.

“It is already very popular as it is easy for everyone to use, with residents, family members and staff all being able to take part in an activity together that brings a smile to everyone’s face. As part of a wider initiative to enhance the dementia unit at the development, we are delighted to be among the first retirement living communities in the UK to embrace this innovation.”


Spring has officially arrived in the Sensory Garden and residents are beginning to enjoy the beautiful blooms of our garden’s colourful plants – a wonderful addition to the Sensory Garden’s peaceful atmosphere.


Members of Somerleigh Court are preparing to challenge themselves as part of an initiative to promote healthier lifestyles. Residents and staff will put their minds and bodies to the test this week when they challenge themselves to a day of continuous movement.

Inaugural Dorset Memory Walk Raises More Than £500

In September, Somerleigh Court hosted the first Dorset Memory Walk with 50 people taking part.

The sun shone as participants walked (or rode) the two-mile course around the historic town of Dorchester. Manager of Somerleigh Court, Graham Oakes, commented “Working and living with those affected by Alzheimer’s, I am always eager to do what I can to support those who are fighting the disease.”


Local auctioneer and antiques expert, Timothy Medhurst, from Dukes Auctioneers, hosted a version of the popular TV show in Edgcumbe Manor.

Residents brought a selection of their treasured possessions and Timothy was able to provide them with some historical facts whilst the residents shared their amusing, and sometimes colourful, stories.

Triumph Of
British Engineering

The best of British engineering was recently showcased at Somerleigh Court. A ‘triumphant’ procession made its way to the village with a collection of classic Triumphs on show. Lovingly restored by their owners, many with clever modifications, the sight of them brought back many happy memories.

Diane's Story
Somerleigh Court
All the staff are great, helpful and pleasant.

Diane made the move to Somerleigh Court 5 years ago, and has never looked back.


With no immediate family nearby, she realised she needed to organise support for her old age. She had seen a lot of people ultimately become a burden on friends and neighbours and believes that one “shouldn’t claim to be independent whilst relying on the good will of others”. She wanted to make that change before the age of 75, while still capable of doing so and, importantly, able to organise it on her own. Research for the move included reading features in the Times ‘Bricks and Mortar’ section which led to her selection of Somerleigh Court, where one can live independently whilst feeling comforted by the onsite care offering.

Diane doesn’t mind solitude but was reassured by the advantage of knowing help is always available including a care package if required.
Somerleigh Court’s situation in the centre of Dorchester ensures that a vibrant culture of shops, museums and restaurants is on your doorstep, however, it wasn’t particularly Dorchester she was attracted to – it was Somerleigh Court and the opportunity to live independently. She didn’t look at other competitors very seriously – but did a lot of reading about locations (she knew what she didn’t want in terms of retirement communities).

Whilst living at Somerleigh Court, Diane has spoken highly of the staff, saying that “All the staff are great – helpful and pleasant. I haven’t needed any emergency attention – but from what others say – they (the team) are brilliant at responding in emergencies. They are all I could wish for and it’s good to know they are there 24 hours a day.”

Diane enjoys the close proximity of the town’s offerings and that she can walk to them (albeit she has a car). Diane also enjoys the onsite activities at Somerleigh Court, including the monthly quiz, classical music with recitals by the Dorchester Piano Trio, speakers on a variety of topics, Knit and Natter, and poetry readings and has made some new friends as a result.
As well as enjoying the closeness of such a vibrant town, Diane enjoys spending time in her spacious 2 bedroom apartment which has large windows on the ground floor that look out to an evergreen Oak tree. There is also lots of comings and goings, which are diverting and fun to see.
It is a combination of all of Somerleigh Court’s offerings that make Diane glad that she made the move and can have peace of mind for now, and for the future.

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We appreciate the high levels of satisfaction we receive from our residents and their families.

With our newly implemented “Roadmap to Outstanding” plan, we will work towards achieving a rating of Outstanding in the near future.