Laverstock Care Centre

Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 3HP

Helen Pessell

Care Home Manager

Laverstock Care Centre in Salisbury is one of Caring Homes’ finest new services, providing residential, specialist nursing and dementia care for up to 80 elderly residents in a state of the art home designed to deliver the very highest standards of care.

  • Specialist dementia care
  • Wonderful location within historic Salisbury
  • Designed to meet Stirling Dementia Care standards
  • Spacious, light and airy accommodation
  • Friendly and dedicated staff team
  • Excellent activities programme

In providing three distinct types of care under one roof, Laverstock is ideally positioned to deliver a true care pathway. As a resident’s care needs change, we are equipped to meet those needs ensuring that elderly residents are able to remain within the community they have become an integral part of.

Specialist dementia care

Our care centre’s dementia wing has been designed to meet the University of Stirling’s standards for dementia care, which are widely acknowledged as providing the best living environment for people living with dementia. Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre is renowned as the world leader in this field. The Stirling approach ensures that residents are able to move freely around the home, with bedrooms and communal areas appropriately laid out and clearly signposted to minimise confusion or disorientation. Many bedrooms feature a memory box by the front door, where mementos from a resident’s life help to personalise their room and also remind staff and visitors of the individual’s life story.

The Laverstock Care home in Wiltshire is ideally equipped to provide residential support for elderly people living with different types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia and Korsakoff’s syndrome. However, staff never lose sight of the fact that, first and foremost, Laverstock Care Centre is home to our residents. The home has a light, airy and welcoming ambience and residents benefit from a broad and stimulating range of activities.

The care we provide

We offer a full range of residential, nursing and dementia care support, including trial stays, short stay and convalescent care, as well as long-term care. Residents are encouraged to bring important personal possessions to personalise their rooms.

Visiting us

We operate an open visiting policy, where residents and loved ones may visit at convenient times.


As the Home Manager at Laverstock Care Centre, I have a qualified nursing background and ensure that every member of our Care Team receives the ongoing training they need to do their jobs. This enables our Team to build on the excellent reputation we have earned for high quality care provision.

Our home is fully registered with the Care Quality Commission, with both ISO9001/2000 and Hospitality Assured accreditation.

Care Facilities

To promote optimum health in our residents, a personalised nutrition plan is created for each individual, with specific dietary needs taken into account.
We offer reminiscence therapy to give residents an opportunity to recall and share happy memories. This is an enjoyable social activity, which can increase confidence and self esteem.
Our trusted and well-liked visiting physiotherapist is available to treat and advise our residents.
Our retained physiotherapist is available to help with any of our residents' immediate needs.
Our local, assigned GP is able to visit our site to treat and advise any of our residents.
A visiting occupational therapist ensures each resident's particular needs are met in our facility.
Residents can enjoy peace of mind, thanks to our retained, registered general nurse who provides comfort and professional advice to residents.
Residents can relax in our tidy and clean environment, without lifting a finger, thanks to our dedicated daily cleaning service team.
Our laundry is handled in-house, meaning residents do not have the hassle of washing and drying clothing and linen themselves.
Our qualified dementia team are experts in the latest developments in dementia care, identifying each resident's personal needs and creating a dedicated care plan catered to them.
Trained dementia care staff are on hand to support our residents and ensure their time with us is spent safely and positively.
A retained registered mental health nurse is experienced in dealing with our residents and their requirements.
We use a friendly registered mental health nurse, who residents are familiar with and trust.
We are proud to hold Hospitality Assured Accreditation, which demonstrates our commitment to outstanding service and resident care.
Our excellence in performance and efficiency is recognised through our ISO 9001 Accreditation.
Our dedicated Internal Quality Assurance Team ensure our accreditations are maintained and these high standards are reflected across the facility.
Once we have reviewed the results of the pre-admission assessment, Individual Care Plans are carefully created and a detailed approach to every resident's care is formulised.
Telephone and face to face advice is available to any resident with bladder or bowel concerns. Patients do not need to be incontinent to receive this information.
Our specialist group of activities co-ordinators make sure there are a range of mental, physical and social activities for our residents to participate in and enjoy.

Room Facilities

Residents can use en-suite facilities with added peace of mind with an emergency call point.
We provide step-free, non-slip showers, which are safe and convenient for our residents.
For sanitary reasons and convenience, residents are provided with their own personal basin.
An en-suite WC and basin is provided for the convenience of our residents.
Private bathroom and shower facilities are offered to all residents, so they don't have the inconvenience of sharing, or waiting to use the washroom.
For added safety and peace of mind, secure grab rails have been fitted in washrooms.
Indoor light is measured carefully to provide maximum benefit for residents. Natural daylight maintains a healthy circadian rhythm, increases production of Vitamin D and reduces symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Electronically operated, homely and safe nursing beds are provided for the comfort of our residents.
The ultimate in luxury, our divan beds provide a good night's sleep as well as plenty of storage for residents.
Residents can enjoy cross ventilation, improved daylight and a range of views, thanks to our double aspect bedrooms.
Secluded patios provide a private space for residents to enjoy the gardens.
Individual balconies provide an elevated, spectacular view of our garden areas and allow residents to enjoy the garden from their own bedroom.
Safe Juliette balconies provide welcome fresh air to bedrooms, as well as an exceptional view of our landscaped garden.
Lowered cill heights mean seated residents have an unobstructed view of our outside spaces.
Residents and guests can enjoy peace of mind in the sanctuary of our secure patio area.
Residents are able to enjoy all their favourite television shows and films, thanks to our modern television sets.
Cable television provides an additional choice of channels for our residents, including National Geographic and Hallmark Channel.
Clean, well-maintained furniture can be provided for residents to enjoy their own fully-furnished bedroom without the hassle of sourcing and moving in appropriate furniture.
Residents are welcome to bring their own furniture to personalise their space and create their own homely environment.
Clear fronted drawers, with easy viewing to contents, reduce stress and confusion to residents with dementia.
Special sensors indicate when doors are opened or when movement is detected in the room. These alarms help reduce risk to vulnerable residents.
Padded headboards aid residents who want to sit up in bed, read and relax in comfort.
Private documents and cherished belongings can be kept secure in each resident's individual safe.
Residents can relax and sleep easy, knowing their rooms are fitted with reliable, professionally-fitted locks. These recommended locks are safe and appropriate for our residents.
Bright walls and high contrast carpets are used throughout our facility to help residents find their way around the building.
Solid, easy grip door handles are provided to aid residents' navigation around their bedroom and the rest of the facility.
If necessary, our mirrors are easy to cover up. This can help reduce anxiety for our residents.

Indoor Facilities

Our simple to use nurse call system allows residents access to a qualified nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Our friendly receptionist is on hand to answer any queries throughout the working week.
Our reception desk is always manned, with a knowledgeable weekend receptionist available to help.
Visitors have access to their own, fully serviced toilet facilities.
We offer full use of our modern hair salon, staffed by qualified stylists, to all residents.
Being able to enjoy great food is one of the simple pleasures in life. We offer a quiet, private area for residents to enjoy their meals.
An engaging activity room, where residents can take part in group activities or enjoy a game of cards or dominoes, is available for use.
Every bathroom has been designed to make it easier to use for our residents' specific needs.
Residents can enjoy the luxury of a warm shower in their own safe, assisted shower room.
Our well stocked library offers a range of fiction and non-fiction titles for our residents to enjoy.
A modern, spacious and regularly serviced lift is available for use to all residents and visitors.
Our dedicated bariatric room features specialist hosts, bedframes, toilets and mattresses to cater for bariatric needs.
Friendly, fully qualified nurses are on-hand throughout the day and night to assist with our residents' needs.
A special quiet lounge is available for guests and visitors to relax and unwind in, free from the distractions of televisions, radios or loud conversations.
A room where all our residents can keep up to date with their favourite soaps and take pleasure in watching shows and films with their friends.
A bright and airy conservatory is the perfect environment for residents to enjoy views of the garden.
Light, airy and temperature controlled dining rooms make the perfect environment for our residents to enjoy their meals.
Residents have the option of eating meals in their own room, thanks to our popular and reliable room service.
Having the option of making your own cup of tea in a self serve kitchenette is a simple, but important choice we are proud to offer our residents.
Regardless of the time of day, our residents will not go hungry, thanks to our round the clock snack menu, offering healthy and filling food choices.
Our popular themed food events are a great talking point amongst our residents and add a touch of fun and variety to mealtimes.
A packed schedule of games, activities and trips means there is a social event to suit every resident's taste.
Residents are able to take pleasure in a range of entertainment options, including singers and dance troupes, from the various types of visiting entertainment.
We offer a wide range of external trips, to the seaside, shopping centres, National Trust sites and other local areas of interest.
We help residents create memory boxes, filled with items such as photographs or tickets, to help stimulate happy memories from the past.
Reliable, modern and quiet air conditioning units are positioned around our facility to create a comfortable environment, whatever the weather outside.
Convenient handrails have been fitted around our centre to aid mobility.
Professionally created dementia orientation signage has been positioned around our facility to assist residents' navigational requirements.
Gently sloped floors and wide access routes make our centre wholly wheelchair accessible.
Cats and dogs are welcome in our centre, providing friendship and a special kind of therapy to our residents.
Our fire alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and sprinkler systems are serviced bi-annually by an external provider to ensure they are fully functioning and safe.
Our themed reminiscence lounge encourages residents to recall fond memories of times gone by.
No dead ends – interest is created in the area to help avoid confusion and distress
Our experienced and trained head chef creates a huge choice of meals to suit every palate.
Our in-house laundry team ensure every resident's laundry needs are catered for, so they don't have to worry about washing clothing or bedding.
Wonky shelves, dripping taps and a host of other odd jobs can be fixed quickly and efficiently by our friendly in-house handyman.
Residents can always experience bright, airy rooms and an unobstructed view of the outside world, thanks to our visiting window cleaners.
Our gardens, patios, paths and parking areas are kept clean and weather-ready by our visiting landscape gardening team.
Our well-loved visiting library service allows residents to enjoy all manner of reading and audio books, free of charge.
Residents are able to worship and practise their own religion in our facility, with the support of our visiting multi-faith clergy.
Gentle, relaxing ambient music helps maintain a calm and welcoming environment for our residents.
State of the art computer facilities and tablets are available for use by our residents. We also offer support to those residents needing guidance with these devices.
An independent care fee planning advisory service is available to all residents, providing unbiased information and guidance.
Independent living is supported in our facility and our in-house shop caters for all our residents' needs, offering snacks, magazines and toiletries.
A range of daily newspapers are offered to our residents, so they can keep up to date with local and international news.

Outdoor Facilities

We offer a safe place for friends and family to park their car whilst visiting loved ones.
Guests arriving by bicycle are welcome to use our smart and secure bike racks.
Residents are encouraged to explore our state of the art sensory garden, where they can experience the calming influence of the flowers and greenery.
Our beautifully designed landscaped garden houses a range of plants, trees and shrubs, providing scenic surroundings for all our residents.
Gardening is an enjoyable activity for many of our residents, and we offer raised beds for residents to plant their own flowers and shrubs.
Residents can plant and manage their own vegetables in our mature vegetable garden.
We are conveniently located near a bus stop, offering easy access for visitors and residents using the local transport facilities.
Friends and family arriving by bus can enjoy the complete convenience of a bus stop on our doorstep.
Our new build development provides all the mod cons you would expect from a modern complex, including secure accessibility and comfortably heated rooms.
Our countryside location means we offer a natural, healthy space for our residents to unwind and relax in.
A regular and comfortable minibus service is offered to residents wanting to explore local towns and visitor centres.
Residents can enjoy the tranquillity and peace of our extensive gardens, which are fully secure and regularly risk assessed.
Friends and family are able to visit loved ones at any time they choose. We offer 100% visiting time flexibility.

Manager's Profile

During my 34 years in nursing I have specialised in the care of older people and have a wide range of experience, including caring for people with a range of neurological conditions.

I have always strived to make a difference to the lives of those I care for and place the wishes of residents at the heart of the care we provide at Laverstock Care Centre. Our tightly-knit Care Team work with each resident to develop a personalised care plan, which caters for their specific needs and ensures that residents have choice and control over how their care is delivered.

Within my role, I take particular pleasure from getting to know residents and their families. I feel that having a good understanding of each resident’s background is essential in building a relationship of trust. I encourage family involvement through a culture of open communication, which has resulted in the friendly, welcoming atmosphere experienced at Laverstock Care Centre.

I live just a few miles away and, in my spare time, I play an active role in the local community. I serve as a School Governor and support a number of local charities and church organisations.

Helen Pessell

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