Life at Chestnut House Nursing Home Dorchester

At Chestnut House we have the expertise and facilities to take care of you or your loved one – care, comfort and compassion are at the heart of our ethos and our priority is the welfare and happiness of our residents and staff. The home offers a full range of care options to 85 residents, from nursing care to dedicated support for those living with dementia. Our highly experienced team are committed to enabling our residents to live the life they choose.

Family Values

Chestnut House is run as a family home and your loved one will be welcomed and cared for with compassion and comfort always in mind. Our approach to care is centred around family values and we place great importance in working with families, friends and the community as part of the caring process.

We aim to make a difference to the lives of each and every one of our residents, by providing the highest level of care and moments of joy, in a way that is personalised to meet individual needs, interests and preferences.

Elderly Couple at care home
Care worker cutting hair of resident at care home

Personalised and enabling care

Our personalised care plans are shaped around each resident. From daily support with routine activities and personal care, to round-the-clock assistance and specialist care, our experienced team provide a sense of support that enables each resident to continue to live a meaningful life.

Chestnut House residents have the freedom and flexibility to live the life they choose, with as much or as little support as needed.


We focus on promoting self-esteem and ensuring that residents always have a choice, building independence and ensuring they have the necessary support to enable them to nurture current and future interests.

Our activity and social programmes are created to reflect the passions and interests of our residents. With a variety of pursuits readily on offer each week including physical activities, cognitive stimulation, creative pursuits, social events, trips and excursions – designed to enrich life and make each day meaningful.

We believe that food is one of life’s greatest pleasures – mealtimes matter to our residents and to us. Chestnut House has an in-house catering team dedicated to meeting each and every resident’s dietary requirements and preferences.

Menus are prepared in consultation with our residents and cooked from using only the freshest, seasonal ingredients from local suppliers. All our dishes are homemade to ensure a healthy balanced diet and the simple pleasures that come from a home cooked meal.

There are two options at least, every mealtime and alternatives will always be available to suit requests.

Leisure time at care home
Outside view of Chestnut house nursing home Dorchester

Home Environment

Chestnut House has an abundance of features for residents to enjoy at their leisure. These include a vintage tearoom, cosy bar, luxurious lounges and themed dining spaces on each floor. Outside, the home boasts a lovely landscaped garden, which is much loved and used by residents and their families on the warmer days.

Chestnut House is home to 85 residents. With a dedicated nursing and palliative care unit and specialist dementia care floor – the home provides outstanding nursing care to male and females, both for long and short-term stays. Chestnut House has been carefully equipped throughout to meet the individual needs of all residents and to provide a safe and comfortable environment.

We pride ourselves in providing the best possible care in a relaxed, friendly and homely atmosphere with family visits welcomed at any time. Refreshments are always available for visitors and arrangements can be made for residents to dine with their guests in private.


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Financial Advice Leaflet

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Dementia Strategy Leaflet

Dementia Strategy Leaflet

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