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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


Somerleigh Court is proud to have been awarded the Gold Standard Framework Care Homes (GSFCH) accreditation.

Our team were awarded the highest level at ’Platinum’ Status – This will be the third time we have been accredited the highest status putting us in the top 100 GSF care homes in the country as at August 2108. The GSFCH training programme aims to improve the quality of care for residents in the last years of life, to improve collaboration across boundaries and to reduce avoidable hospital admissions. Sharon Hill, Head of Care at Somerleigh Court comments: “Providing excellence for all our residents and enabling them to live well in later life is a privilege and honour, ensuring that at all times that they receive ‘The right care at the right time every time.’  The Gold Standards Framework has given us the ability to be outstanding in our field.”

Village News
Somerleigh Court

Read all about life at Somerleigh Court, in our newsletter – available to download here.

In addition to news and excursions, learn more about what life is like at this charming community in the centre of Dorchester.

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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.”

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.

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. Somerleigh Court’s General Manager, 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.”

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. The Village >