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Colourful beach huts at Greenhill - Weymouth

Choosing a care home in Dorset

When it comes to choosing a care home in Dorset for your loved one, you will, of course, want to make sure you are choosing the best home for their needs. It is for this reason that so many choose Friary Care for their care.

Dorset is a county that has always been high on the list for people to seek retirement, so it is no surprise that there are many care homes to choose from too.

Being situated on the south coast, Dorset has a mix of stunning countryside and spectacular coastline.

Finding the best location for your care in Dorset

But there are many factors to consider when choosing the best location for a care home. Proximity to a relative is of course, one of the major areas to consider. However, it is worth finding out more about the towns themselves. For instance, you could choose a care home in a quiet rural location or opt for a home that is close to one of the main towns such as Poole, Bournemouth, Weymouth or Sherborne.

Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch

Bournemouth Beach

Running right along the central south coast, the towns of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch are commonly known as the conurbation. All are within easy reach of superb beaches that offer the perfect place to relax and watch the world go by.

Bournemouth and Poole are busier towns, with major shopping centres, hospitals, good facilities, and reasonable public transport. Christchurch is a lot smaller and sits on the Hampshire border to the east of the county. It has a pretty market town vibe with a historic priory and harbour. Being so close to the New Forest you have great access to attractions such as Beaulieu National Motor Museum and the New Forest Wildlife Park.

Isle of Purbeck, Swanage and Wareham

The iconic Durdle Door

The Isle of Purbeck is a peninsula located in south Dorset. The area is home to some of the country’s most well-loved towns and landmarks including Swanage, Lulworth Cove, Corfe Castle and Durdle Door. The main towns in Purbeck are Swanage and Wareham. Both are attractive places to live but do suffer from a lack of public transport and have smaller shopping centres.


Dorchester is the official the county town of Dorset and is very pleasant. Once home to the author Thomas Hardy, it has a good range of shops, a large hospital and other facilities.

Visitors will find a town with one foot in the past and another firmly in the future, with some of this country’s best preserved Roman ruins moments away from a thriving high street and one of the most exciting current retail and residential re-development projects in the UK at Brewery Square.


Weymouth Harbour - an ideal place to visit when choosing a care home in Dorset

As you move towards the west of the county, you will find Weymouth – which is a popular, traditional seaside resort with a major shopping centre. Its sandy beach is dotted with colourful beach huts and backed by Georgian houses. Weymouth Beach is consistently recognised as one of the top ten beach destinations in Europe and it’s easy to see why.

Weymouth’s beautiful historic harbour is a great place to while away the hours and watch all the comings and goings…luxury yachts, fishing trawlers, tall ships and the RNLI Lifeboat.

You will find all sorts of shops in Weymouth’s town centre, from traditional seaside rock and fudge to beachwear and books. Along with small independent retailers, you’ll find well-known high-street shops, department stores and boutiques.

West Dorset

You will find Bridport and Lyme Regis on the west of the county – and are much smaller, but attractive coastal towns on the famous Jurassic Coast. Lyme is particularly famous for its fossils – being the birthplace of Mary Anning, a renowned palaeontologist.

Near the beach you will find a level promenade which is lined with colourful beach huts and cafe’s, which lead to Lyme Regis’s famed harbour. The historic sea wall, known as ‘The Cobb’ was used as a backdrop in the film The French Lieutenant’s Woman.

North Dorset

Sherborne Abbey - North Dorset

In the north of the county, you will find lovely rural escapes such as Sherborne. The ancient market town is famous for its historic buildings including its Abbey Church, the renowned Sherborne Boys’ School and two castles. The Abbey and many of the medieval and Georgian buildings are built from distinctive ochre-coloured stone.

Making a care home selection in Dorset

Dorset is well-known for its beaches, harbours, and pretty villages. However, as a favoured holiday destination, some parts of the county can become very busy in the summer months.

Transport links can also vary across the county, with a real mix of large well-connected towns that are serviced by trains and buses – and more rural villages that are only accessible by car. Dorset is one of the only counties that doesn’t have a motorway in it!

As you would expect, choosing a care home in Dorset means you will find a wide range of care homes, which vary in quality and the facilities they offer. Take time to view our Moving into a Care Home Checklist –  before you commit to a move. It is also a good idea to check the CQC rating of the home.

Why choose Friary Care in Weymouth

We have years of experience in providing outstanding care for our residents, all in comfortable and caring surroundings. Our two care homes in Weymouth, Dorset provide the highest levels of care for those that live with us, promoting dignity and independence.

Our Dorset care homes provide personal care and accommodation for up to 16 and 18 older people respectively. All our rooms are single occupancy, they are comfortable and can be personalised for individual residents, who are encouraged to adorn their new home with all their personal belongings. There are several communal areas such as a dining room, lounge and garden areas.

Activities are arranged for residents in order that they can go shopping, go to the cinema or visit a cafe for a nice cup of coffee.

We are in a lovely position in Weymouth, a few roads back from the beach. This means that our residents, with the assistance of our care staff, can walk down to the seafront (or even a bike ride) and enjoy the beautiful Dorset coastline whenever they wish.

If you are choosing a care home in Dorset, our aim is to provide a loving and comfortable home environment for people who feel unable or do not wish to live on their own any longer. We encourage their resident’s independence, but make sure we operate to the highest professional standards. We believe it is our personal caring touch that makes all the difference.

If you would like to arrange a visit or discuss your residential care needs please call Peter Fry 01305 78 78 11.

See the Latest CQC report for Friary Care – Friary House and Kingsley Court, Weymouth

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