Reclaiming independence; Southport Care Home launches reablement care for residents


Here at Dovehaven Residential Home, we’re thrilled to announce the launch of our new reablement care program! Designed specifically for younger residents aged 50 and above, this program caters to individuals who have recently experienced a physical or mental illness and require support in regaining their independence.

What is Reablement Care?

Reablement is a short-term, goal-oriented approach to care that focuses on empowering residents to rediscover their abilities and return to living as independently as possible. Through a personalised care plan, our dedicated team works alongside residents to identify their individual needs and create a program that fosters a sense of achievement and self-reliance.

Benefits of Reablement Care:

  • Improved Physical and Mental Wellbeing: Reablement care encourages residents to participate in activities that enhance their physical strength, cognitive function, and overall well-being. This can include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and tailored exercise programs.
  • Increased Confidence and Self-Esteem: By regaining skills and independence, residents experience a boost in confidence and self-esteem. This sense of accomplishment is crucial for a positive outlook and a smoother transition back to independent living.
  • Reduced Length of Stay: Reablement is a time-limited program designed to get residents back on their feet quickly and efficiently. This not only benefits residents but also allows us to welcome new individuals seeking support on their road to recovery.

Why Dovehaven?

Dovehaven Residential Home provides a warm and welcoming environment specifically designed to support the reablement journey. The Rest Home is a stunning victorian villa, located in the heart of Southport. Ideally situated with access to the town’s key shopping and recreational areas. Our team of highly qualified and compassionate professionals are dedicated to creating a personalised plan that caters to each resident’s unique needs and goals.

A unique feature of the home is the resident’s kitchen, which is accessible for residents who are receiving reablement care. The kitchen is fully fitted with a sink, microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge and washing machine. The functional space is designed to support with resident’s journey’s back to independent living.

A small functional kitchen with white cupboards, sink, microwave and washing machine
Resident’s kitchen, complete with sink, kettle, toaster, microwave, fridge and washing machine.

Another notable feature of the home is the help yourself style breakfast bar. As well as daily home cooked meals from our kitchen, residents at the home can enjoy a breakfast bar that is always stocked with cereals and fruit. It is up to the resident when and where they want to eat and spend their time. Residents on their journey back to independent living will benefit from the flexible care that is offered by our amazing team.

We understand that experiencing a physical or mental illness can be a challenging time. Our reablement program offers a supportive and encouraging environment where residents can build confidence, regain independence, and pave the way for a fulfilling future.

If you or a loved one is interested in learning more about our reablement care program, please don’t hesitate to contact Dovehaven Residential Home today. We’re here to help you take the first steps back to independent living.


The festive feast: Christmas Dinner at Dovehaven Care Homes

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas week quickly approaches, Dovehaven Care Homes is gearing up to create a Christmas Dinner dining experience that will make the holidays truly special for our residents. Behind the scenes in each of our kitchen’s, Dovehaven Care Homes partners with Apetito. The renowned catering company is the sister company of Wiltshire Farm Foods. This collaboration ensures that our residents receive meals of the utmost quality, prepared with precision and care. Apetito’s dedication to freshness and flavour aligns perfectly with our mission to offer delectable and nutritious meals to our cherished residents.

What’s on the menu?

Christmas Day Extravaganza:

On Christmas Day, our residents will be treated to a feast fit for royalty. The festivities kick off with a velvety Butternut Squash Soup, setting the tone for an indulgent meal. For the main course, residents can choose between the traditional Roast Turkey or the savory Roast Beef, accompanied by all the trimmings that make this season special. To cap off the celebration, dessert options include the classic Christmas Pudding with custard or a tempting Sherry Trifle.


Boxing Day Bliss:

Boxing Day continues the culinary journey with a delightful Pea and Ham Soup as the starter. The main course options include the succulent Wiltshire Ham with Orange and Cranberries or the flavourful Roast Lamb in Gravy. The festive spirit continues with dessert choices that include a Festive Fruit Crumble or a refreshing Lemon and Orange Sponge.




Welcoming the New Year in Style:

As we welcome the New Year, our residents will be treated to a sophisticated menu featuring Red Pepper and Tomato Soup as the starter. The main course options include Premium Roast Beef or Pork with Sage Stuffing, promising a delightful start to the year. For dessert, residents can indulge in the decadence of Tiramisu or the warm comfort of Mincemeat Crumble Sponge.




Thanking Dovehaven’s little helpers

Behind the deliciousness of every dish is the hardworking kitchen staff at Dovehaven Care Homes. Throughout Christmas, these dedicated individuals will be on shift. It is their hard work that ensures that every meal is prepared with love and Care. Their commitment to excellence ensures that residents receive not just a meal but an experience that warms the heart. However, our ongoing commitment to creating magical moments extends beyond the dining table. Our compassionate team of carers will be working tirelessly over the Holidays, providing top notch care, quality entertainment and making sure that every resident and their families have a carefree and joyous Christmas and New Year.

The team at Cedar Garden Care Home in Preston dressed up as Elves for this year’s Elf Day 2023

Share Your Experience:

Christmas dinner at Dovehaven is at the heart of our celebrations. While our staff continue to provide the highest quality care to our residents, we want to ask you to share your experiences with Dovehaven Care Homes over on To stay updated on all the Dovehaven festivities, follow us on social media including Facebook, Instagram and our new Dovehaven Tik Tok account!

Wishing you a joyous and delicious holiday season with your loved ones at Dovehaven!

How to choose a care home?

We get it, learning how to choose a care home is tough.Young woman helping an older man choose a care home on a computer

The decision to move your loved one into a care home is not one that is made lightly. Leaving the home that you dearly wished to remain in forever, with all it’s memories and associations of good times gone by is devastating. Unfortunately for most families, the emotional choice to move your relative into a care home happens very quickly, with 78% care home transitions occurring following a hospitalisation (Castle, 2003). This lack of time to prepare can lead to heightened levels of stress and feelings of guilt in family members, as they don’t always feel confident in the decision that has been made (Merla et al., 2018).

Luckily, you are not alone and there are loads of really helpful resources to help you make this decision. In this blog, I will share with you our best advice for you to follow when learning how to choose a care home, to hopefully make moving your loved one into a care home a little bit easier.

Do your research

However you came to the tough decision that your loved one needed to move into a care home, your first instinct was probably to jump onto google and type ‘How to choose a care home’ into the search bar. And that’s when the panic starts to set in. The wall of information that you are faced with can be daunting but there are a few websites that you should be looking out for, for the best and most relevant information about care homes.

1. is the UK’s largest care home review website, with over 16,000 care homes in their directory. The website allows you to tailor your search for care homes through a wide variety of filters, including types of care available, location, CQC rating, awards won, and facilities on offer. You are also able to add care homes to a shortlist, read reviews of the care home and compare care providers.

2. Autumna

You will recognise autumna through their vibrant orange theme. They pride themselves on being the most detailed online directory of later life care providers in the UK. As well as their detailed database of over 26,000 care homes, retirement living facilities, and home care providers, they also offer a free advice helpline that you can call for personalised advice.

3. Trusted Care

Designed with ease of use in mind, has been purpose built to encourage informed choices about care for older people, by providing those who are looking for a care provider with all of the best information available about services in their area. Their platform covers care providers of all types, including nursing homes, residential care homes, home care services and live-in care providers. The platform is super easy to use, and they also have a phone service that you can for more personalised advice.


Hopefully, once you’ve been through these websites you will have a better understanding of the care providers in your area and how they begin to compare to other homes and services available in your budget. If you require advice on how care funding works, we recommend looking at the Care Funding Guidance Charity, Age UK, or the Alzheimer’s Society.

Please note that many care providers will have their own websites, which often offer you more information and pictures about the facilities, home managers and team members. If you’re interested in looking at the care homes that Dovehaven has available near you, please click here. 

Visit the care homes

Older woman and care assistant playing bingo in a carehomeThis may seem obvious, but you definitely should be visiting as many care homes as you can before committing to any particular one. Making sure that your loved one is going to be well looked after in a care home is as much about the type of care that the home can provide, as it is about how much your relative is going to fit in to that home’s environment.

Take us as an example; despite all of our homes being part of the Dovehaven group, no two of our care homes are the same. Even within our homes that offer the same type of elderly care, e.g. dementia nursing, they have very different routines, and types of activities that are on offer for residents to enjoy.

As well as general activities and routines in the homes, many care homes offer a person centred care method which aims to improve the lived experiences residents whilst they stay in any particular home. This person centred care involves an individual care plan for every resident and tailors routines, meals and activities around their needs and own choices. This can be things such as the types of events and parties a home hosts, the games and activities that are on offer, and whether or not the other residents like a drink or two in the evenings.

You know your loved one best, and it is only by visiting a variety of homes and seeing them in action that you will be able to determine whether or not they will be happy, comfortable, and relaxed in a particular home.


If you’d like to visit any of Dovehaven’s homes, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! Our fantastic care teams are always happy to show you around.

Try a respite stay

If after visiting a care home, you think it might be appropriate for your loved one and their needs but you’re still not wanting to put all your eggs in one basket, then why not try a respite stay. Many homes offer respite care, which gives residents the chance to stay temporarily and essentially ‘try before you buy’.

Respite care offers both residents and families a huge range of benefits. Importantly, respite stays can take a little bit of that pressure off the decision to choose a care home quickly. Families can transition their loved ones from hospital or home, into a care home that offers respite stays, as an intermediate option whilst a more permanent solution is worked out. It is often possible for residents to decide to stay in the home where respite care was offered, depending of suitability and availability.

If you’re interested in respite care at Dovehaven, please get in touch at and one of our helpful team members will be happy to talk you through your options and our availability.


Choosing a care home is not an easy decision, and unfortunately it is often the case that families feel rushed and guilty for making decisions due to a lack of information. We hope that this advice on how to choose a care home will give you some piece of mind that you’re on the right track when making this tough decision for your loved one.

If you require more information about any of the services that Dovehaven provide in any of our care homes, please get in touch here, email us at or give us a call during working hours on 01704 546 177

Forever, Together: Caring for Couples this Christmas

At Dovehaven, we know that every resident is different and we pride ourselves on our ability to cater for a diverse range of care needs. For couples, the decision is move your partner into a care home is not one that is made lightly. Fortunately, at the Brunswick Care Home in Southport, we’re proud to offer specially tailored care packages for couples who wish to stay forever, together.

An elderly couple enjoying residential care together in a care home, talking to a nurse

Couples Care

Moving into a care home together is a great choice for couples, and offers residents living together a range of benefits. As well as continuing to enjoy each others company, couples can participate in activities and dine together.

Living in a care home together can give you peace of mind that your loved one is being looked after correctly. You both will get to know the staff and the environment, so in the event that either of your  health conditions change, the other will already be in a familiar and supportive environment.

As one of Dovehaven’s legacy homes, the Brunswick Care Home is an impressive building. Located on Lord Street in Southport, The Brunswick offers couples a range of spacious bedrooms, with the choice of a double or twin bed set ups.

A large and grand bedroom in a care home with a double bed, vanity desk and pair of arm chairs, perfect for a couple.As residents at the Brunswick, you both will be able to benefit from our tailored and personalised care packages, allowing you and your partner to stay together even if you require different types of care.

As a residential care home, the care team at the Brunswick can provide couples with support with everyday task such as personal care, mobility, medication administration, meals and housekeeping. This frees up couples to enjoy more time together, doing the activities that you both love doing.

Once moved into the Brunswick, couples can be sure that their life together can remain as it always has. Routines can continue, and most importantly independence and all personal choices will remain a priority.

Pricing for the Brunswick starts from £875 per person per week

Interested in Couples Care? Make an enquiry now.

The grand central staircase in the Brunswick care home in southport.

About the Brunswick

Located on historic Lord Street in Southport, this residential care home offers premium comfort and care to residents, including couples together, in the most beautiful of buildings.

The Brunswick is not like other care homes, it was designed and built during Southport’s Victorian heyday when the grandeur of buildings in the town of Southport knew no bounds. Buildings had large rooms with high ceilings and were finished to standards rarely seen today. This is a home where no expense has been spared.

Residents are able to be as independent as they wish. Ideally located close to shops, cafes bars and restaurants our residents enjoy quick, easy level access to Lord Street. Car parking is also available at the front of the home for residents and visitors alike.

Impressed by the Brunswick Care Home? Get in touch today.

Meet the team

Led by Kelly Mortimer, a Home Manager with a passion for excellent standards of resident care and hospitality, the team at The Brunswick deliver the best of care and service. There to meet every resident need, they are a team who have all of the skills and personal qualities required to keep our residents happy.

The Chef leads the kitchen team and desires to deliver the very best menu to meet our residents expectations, ensuring our residents receive their meals which are seasonal and beautifully cooked.

The whole team at The Brunswick are dedicated to ensuring that the home delivers care of an excellent standard and that all of the residents wishes and needs are met.

Want to arrange to visit the Brunswick and meet the team? Call us on 01704 535 786 or email 

The large and impressive dining hall at the Brunswick Care Home in Southport, with high ceilings, red velvet curtains and four chandeliers


Our large beautiful dining room is a stand out feature of our home, a place where it is a pleasure to dine for every meal.

The grandeur of the dining room in The Brunswick is reminiscent of the days when the home was an imposing hotel on historic Lord Street. Tables are still beautifully set however, the dining room is designed with our residents in mind, ensuring they feel very much ‘at home’.

Our residents and visitors receive the very best of hospitality service from our team of hosts and hostesses. Visitors are assured of a warm welcome and are always offered refreshments, whatever the time of day or night.

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Get in Touch

If you look what you’ve seen and are interested in Couples Care at the Brunswick Care Home, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our friendly and welcoming team are ready to offer you personalised advice on care requirement for you and your loved one.

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