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Don Thomson House Residential Care Home in Essex

Low Road, Dovercourt, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3TS
Residential Care
Dementia care
Respite care

Overlooking the fields and countryside, our care home is located in a quiet residential area of Dovercourt. The home is in a stunning part of Essex, a short drive from the beach and port.

The home has been a firm fixture of the Harwich community for the last thirty years, first opening the doors in 1989.

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Safe admissions into our care homes include the option for new residents to self-isolate in their own home before joining us.

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A care home for the community

We throw open the doors for a range of celebrations throughout the year, from the annual summer fete with stalls and games galore, the Christmas fayre, complete with Santa’s grotto, and we can’t forget about our scrumptious afternoon teas. The team has even hosted a virtual summer cruise, where residents and guests experienced the traditions and flavours of places all over the world, in the heart of the home. There was a captain’s table, with everyone dressing to the nine’s for a mouth-watering dinner.

For people living in our residential care suites, the home’s community events a real highlight in their social calendar, which for many has got busier since moving into Don Thomson House! And for our residents living with dementia, they are able to experience wonderful activities and events in safe and familiar surroundings.

Inspiring and person-centred activities

No two days at the home are ever the same. Not only do we support residents to stay connected to the community in Harwich, but we deliver group and one-to-one activities based on their individual likes and interests.

You can find us enjoying everything from the knit and natter club and Movement to Music sessions, to Namaste hand massages. We also have a film club and a reading club. They all provide activities in a social setting that help our residents to really thrive.

The home also has a gardening club for our green-fingered residents. The grounds have raised flower beds for residents to sow seeds with ease. With our support, they have created a wonderful area which can be admired from both the care home and the summer house.

Respite care for Harwich carers, subject to availability

Don Thomson House also offers short-term residential care and dementia care respite breaks. Local carers from across Harwich and Dovercourt can enjoy a much-needed break, while their loved one is cared for by our dedicated team. Please call the home or fill out our online form below to find out more about our short-term respite care breaks.

Pricing information

It is usual for residents in care homes to contribute to the cost of their own care. Some people have the resources to pay for their care in full, whilst others make means-tested contributions. 

Our 2022 weekly care fees for residential care start from £1,038, but maybe in the region of 20% more*, dependent on your care needs and the type of bedroom that is right for you, from our standard rooms to our premium bedroom options.

*If you require more specialist care such as 1-2-1 support, your weekly fee could be higher.

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Facilities at this home


  • Dining room
  • Ensuite
  • Hairdressing salon
  • Lounges
  • Wheelchair accessible garden
  • Wifi


  • Card games
  • Community events
  • Movies
  • Quizzes
  • Therapeutic exercise

Care and support

  • Chiropody
  • Hairdressing
  • Home cooked meals
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Respite Care

Stories from the home

Sanctuary Care resident Gordon Byrne

Top review 

“I would like to express our sincere thanks to all staff at Don Thomson House for the outstanding care and attention to our Dad. Dad has been in the home for 6 weeks now and the change in him has been remarkable.”

A Morrisons staff member delivering easter eggs to Don Thomson.

Our amazing community

Thank you to our local Morrisons store for some lovely Easer treats for our staff and residents during these challenging times.

Don Thomson House Residential Care Home Activities Co-ordinator Ann-Marie Greenhalgh

Meet our Ann-Marie

Ann-Marie is our dedicated Activities Coordinator, who is dedicated to delivering truly person-centered and inspiring activities.

Resident Barbara Manning and her daughter Ann Munro

Over 30 years of care

We have recently celebrated our 30 year anniversary with fabulous entertainment, fizz and mouth-watering nibbles.

Don Thomson resident with a goat

Animal therapy and more

Visiting goats and other animals is just an example of the inspiring and fulfilling activities we have here.

Jade Mealing raising money for charity

Our walking hero

Care Assistant Jade has completed the Alzheimer’s Society Trek 26 to raise money for a charity very close to all our hearts.

Care staff

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Low Road
Dovercourt, Harwich
CO12 3TS
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Care Enquiry Form

Please complete the below form to make an enquiry. 

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Book your show-around

Our show-arounds enable you and your loved one to see the care home facilities and meet a senior member of staff who can answer any of the questions you may have at a time to suit you.

To request a show-around, please fill out the form below. A member of our Enquiry Support Team will be in touch to confirm or discuss your show-around slot shortly.

Alternatively, if you are unable to visit our home in person, our Enquiry Support Team are more than happy to arrange a virtual tour for you. Our virtual tours are normally via FaceTime or Skype and are a great way to view many parts of our homes.

Please note, our tours are usually available on: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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