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Purpose-built and dedicated to the needs of people living with dementia, Fernhill offers the calm of country village life alongside features and details carefully designed to stimulate memory and enjoyment. Nestling in the lively village of Longham between Bournemouth and Poole, Fernhill makes its mark with a modern design set among quiet gardens. It’s bright and cheery, a place to potter around and enjoy yourself. With imaginative features (including an old Hillman Minx in the garden and a pet cat) it’s a home conceived to lift the spirit.

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Independent Reviews

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Review score from 42 reviews.

You can also read our resident letters and testimonials

Latest News

  • Residents enjoy Poole Park
    09 July 2018

    Michael and his wife Kay, came along to Poole Park on the Fernhill bus trip, having ice creams and enjoying the sun

  • Shopping in Sainsburys
    09 July 2018

    Some of our residents from Fernhill, along with our volunteer Jean, enjoyed a shopping trip to Sainsburys

Latest Events

Our Gallery

We do our very best to make life as easy and comfortable as possible for our residents. Fernhill benefits from elegant interior design, thought through to offer a stimulating, practical and relaxing environment.

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Our Garden

We pride ourselves on our beautiful and stimulating gardens. We recognise that many of our residents had such gardens themselves, and that gardening may have been a special pastime for them. We like to think that we can offer residents the opportunity to continue that pastime in whatever way they feel appropriate.

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Useful Links & Downloads

Admiral Nurse

Kay Gibson is Colten Care’s dedicated Admiral Nurse. 
Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia care nurses who give expert practical, clinical and emotional support to families facing the challenges of dementia.

Click here to visit Colten Care's Admiral Nurse webpage


Elaine Farrer, our Operations Director, has written an article for Nursing Times exploring how to live well with dementia:

Dementia shouldn't be a barrier to living well
Can living well with dementia actually be achieved? I know it can, but only if you allow the person to actually live with dementia.

To read the full article, click here for the PDF version, or if you are a member of Nursing Times, click here to access the Nursing Times website. 

Music and Arts

Fiona Pritchard is our new Music and Arts Partner, a role we introduced in February 2018 to help support our homes with their music and arts activities.

Click here to visit Fiona's page and find out more.

Colten Champions

Every year, we celebrate the hard work and dedication of the team members across the Colten group who consistently deliver above and beyond expectations. Colleagues, residents, and their relatives can all put forward their nominations, before the finalists are invited to a glittering gala ceremony at Bournemouth's Highcliff Marriott Hotel, hosted by none other than TV's Dr Hilary Jones.

Read more about the awards here

Caring Without Plastic

Colten Care has become the first major provider in the UK's private care home sector to begin a group-wide reduction of single-use plastic. This is a significant move given the care sector's traditionally high use of plastic in clinical services, person-centred care and infection control.

Read more about the initiative here

Our Charity 2018

Last year, Colten Care raised a fantastic £32,815.19 for various charities, with Fernhill contributing £3,038.16. This year, our home will be supporting Dementia Action Alliance, Youth Cancer Trust and Parkinson’s UK.