Welcome to Fernhill

Dedicated Dementia Care

About us

Fernhill Dementia Care Home is a purpose-built home in Ferndown, Dorset, dedicated to meet the needs of people living with dementia. Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC, our bright and cheery home has been carefully designed to stimulate memory and enjoyment, and provide a safe and inclusive environment for our residents.

We take a person centred approach to care, taking the time to fully understand residents’ circumstances so that we may provide care of the highest standard that meets their individual’s needs.

Every photo you’ll see on this website is of real residents and staff, because the quality of life at Fernhill is not just a promise, it’s a reality.

“We do our very best to make life as easy and comfortable as possible for our residents, and helping them to live well with dementia ” – Francis Bosompim, Home Manager

This is Us

We take pride in creating a rich and fulfilling environment, with a friendly and compassionate team who ensure our residents have everything they need to live well at our dedicated dementia care home in Ferndown. We are living life to our full capabilities, with positivity, empathy, compassion and respect.

Jeanette and companion Miezy are carving the pumpkin.

Jeanette and companion Miezy are carving the pumpkin.

Elizabeth, Doris, Patrick and Janice accompanied by Miezy are preparing Christmas boxes for shoe box appeal.

Elizabeth, Doris, Patrick and Janice accompanied by Miezy are preparing Christmas boxes for shoe box appeal.

Joyce is admiring flowers in the garden.

Joyce is admiring flowers in the garden.

Elizabeth & Gwen having fun during a pottery session at Highmead Farm

Elizabeth & Gwen having fun during a pottery session at Highmead Farm

Ron enjoying pie and mash at a local pub

Ron enjoying pie and mash at a local pub

Joan singing at our Choir relaunch

Joan singing at our Choir relaunch

Joyce having a selfie with domino the alpaca

Joyce having a selfie with domino the alpaca

Gwen with our final produce show entry for January

Gwen with our final produce show entry for January

St Patrick's day celebrations

St Patrick’s day celebrations

Mike enjoying a taster experience on the Swanage railway

Mike enjoying a taster experience on the Swanage railway

Joyce dressed as Mary Poppins for red nose day fun

Joyce dressed as Mary Poppins for red nose day fun

Mike visiting Moors Valley railway

Mike visiting Moors Valley railway

Chef Rina and her pancake

Chef Rina and her pancake

Sheila very much enjoyed her visit from the alpaca

Sheila very much enjoyed her visit from the alpaca

Creating our scarecrow for the annual competition

Creating our scarecrow for the annual competition

24 Hour DEMENTIA & NURSING CARE

The residents of Fernhill, and every home in the Colten Care family, benefit from having Colten Care employed nurses on-site at all times, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Our residents enjoy their homely surroundings, vibrant atmosphere and beautiful gardens safe in the knowledge that should they require nursing assistance at any time of the day or night, it’s not only available immediately, it’s provided by nurses they know, and who know them.

We believe this comprehensive approach is essential to deliver the best possible care for our residents, to give reassurance to their loved ones, and to ensure continuity of care should their care needs increase over time.

We also provide access to an Admiral Nurse, who is a specialist dementia care nurse who gives expert practical, clinical and emotional support to families facing the challenges of dementia.

Your Care Services

Dedicated Dementia

At Fernhill, we offer a completely different dementia care experience, guided by our philosophy of ‘living well with dementia.’ Our dedicated dementia community promotes a stimulating and engaging environment where residents who are living with dementia can live life at their own pace, maintaining a sense of purpose, independence and belonging.

Assisted Care

Our dementia care teams assist with all aspects of daily living for our residents, from personal care to taking regular medications, working flexibly to promote independence providing support to maintain the physical care and comfort of residents.

Nursing Care

Our nurses are available for all residents, at all times. We believe that’s the bedrock of a safe and happy home, providing nurse-led care to manage complex medical conditions, whilst ensuring all residents can stay within their familiar and comfortable home setting should their care needs change.

Short Stay & Respite

We offer the same high quality care services enjoyed by our long-term residents on a short-term basis. Whether it’s for a short period of recovery, a respite break or simply a trial run for those looking for a permanent move, we offer a home from home where residents can live their life, their way.

End Of Life

We want people to live well with us, making the most of every single day. If that means being together until the end of life, we want our residents to die well with dignity with family around, in familiar surroundings with staff they know well.

Wish You Were Here!

We aim to make every day worth writing about, and our residents enjoy keeping loved ones up to date with what they’ve been up to at Fernhill. Here are some of their recent highlights.

15 Feb 2024

A Musical Afternoon

Recently, both residents and staff had a blast indulging in some musical fun! We orchestrated our own little ensemble, using…
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10 Feb 2024

A Dragon Parade and Culinary Delights

Our Chinese New Year celebration at Fernhill was an absolute delight! Thanks to some spontaneous activities and the dedication of…
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07 Feb 2024

A Visit To Coy Pond

Today, we embarked on an exciting adventure aboard our trusty minibus. Our destination? Coy Pond, where we sought inspiration for…
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31 Jan 2024

Admiring The Painted Ladybird Pebbles

Jennette was asked if she would like to go for a walk in the garden, and she replied, “Oh yes,…
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25 Jan 2024

A Taste Of The Haggis

Residents and staff had a taste of haggis with potatoes for the Burns Night celebration, commemorating the life and poetry…
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16 Jan 2024

A Wish For Dori

In her past, Dori used to be a wonderful gardener and loves all flowers. She did lots of flower arranging…
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Daughter of resident at Fernhill

Testimonials

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The words of our residents and relatives say more than we ever could.

“On behalf of myself and my family we would like to thank and congratulate your wonderful home and staff at Fernhill. It had been our mother’s home for thirteen years and the care and kindness she received in this time was so appreciated and gave us great confidence after visiting, to leave her in capable hands knowing she was cared for and loved by the dedicated team. My thanks also to the excellent chef who catered for mums wake with such enthusiasm and kindness… and his oh so delicious cake on this sad day and all of mums past happier celebrations.”

Daughter of Resident at Fernhill

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The words of our residents and relatives say more than we ever could.

“My mum is looked after well, both physically and mentally. The staff have got to know her and seem genuinely fond of her, despite her complex needs, at times. They are sensitive to getting it right for her.”

Husband of Resident at Fernhill

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The words of our residents and relatives say more than we ever could.

“I have nothing but praise for the staff. I feel the nursing team certainly know what they are doing. I am glad my wife is here. Staff are great and nothing seems to be a trouble. Very positive – I was impressed with management coming to visit my wife when she was in hospital.”

Daughter of resident at Fernhill

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The words of our residents and relatives say more than we ever could.

“There are not enough words to thank you for looking after our relative. You literally saved us all when you took over her care.”

Daughter of resident at Fernhill

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The words of our residents and relatives say more than we ever could.

“My mother stayed with you for respite as my dad, her carer, suddenly passed. You gave her and myself wonderful care, and I will always appreciate and remember the help you all gave us.”

Son of Resident at Fernhill

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The words of our residents and relatives say more than we ever could.

“The manager and his team kindly set up an online meeting for my wife and I as we live overseas. My mother came in at the beginning which was a lovely touch. Thereafter we discussed progress and I am very happy with the level of attention and care that my mother is receiving at Colten Fernhill.”

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How we’re doing

Finding the right care home for a loved one is about trust. At Fernhill, you can be confident in the quality of care we provide.

CQC Rating: Outstanding

Fernhill

CQC Overall Rating

Outstanding

31 October 2019

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Fernhill offers dedicated residential, nursing and palliative care for older people living with dementia.

The CQC overall rating for Fernhill is “Outstanding”.

Fernhill has 58 ensuite rooms, a hair salon, a minibus for local trips, and themed rooms for reminiscence therapy

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