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The view of the brick Don Thomson Care Home across the lawns.
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Flowers on the dining room table at Don Thomson House Residential Care Home.
A light and airy bedroom at the Don Thomson House Residential Care Home.

Don Thomson House Residential Care Home in Essex

Low Road, Dovercourt, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3TS
Residential care, Dementia care, Respite care
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Don Thomson House is located in a quiet residential area of Dovercourt in Essex, overlooking nearby fields. 

A stone’s throw from Harwich, our care home is close to shops and restaurants and is a short bus ride from the picturesque seaside, ports and other attractions the town has to offer.   

Our dedicated team provides a range of care and support for our residents, including residential care, dementia care and respite care.

Our care home has been designed with the usual comforts you’d expect such as welcoming lounges with fireplaces, light and airy dining rooms, a large garden and cosy bedrooms, which provide a warm place for our residents to rest and relax.

However, it’s the small personal touches and our friendly team, who care for our residents as if they were members of their own family, which make Don Thomson House a true home from home.

We welcome visits from family and friends and have an open door policy, so whether loved ones like to pop in for a coffee or take part in an activity, we encourage them to become part of the community within our home.

We hold regular meetings for residents and relatives, enabling our residents and their loved ones to be directly involved in everyday life at Don Thomson House.

Pre-bookable respite care

Our welcoming home also offers short-term respite breaks for residential and dementia care which can be pre-booked in advance. Enjoy home from home comforts and seasonal menus whilst being cared for by our dedicated team.

Find out more about our short-term respite care breaks, call now!


Nearly all of our spacious 28 bedrooms are en-suite and benefit from having internet access and television points.

Bedrooms are tastefully decorated and furnished, although we do encourage our residents to bring personal ornaments, pictures and small items of furniture to make their rooms their own.

We have several homely lounge areas for our residents to use as they wish, whether taking part in activities, catching up with friends and family or simply reading a good book.

Our dining rooms are located on each floor of the home and provide a welcoming atmosphere to enjoy delicious home-cooked meals in the company of others.

The large garden is landscaped with raised flower beds for our residents who like to do a spot of light gardening and includes seasonal planting, a paved patio and a peaceful seating area.  

Don Thomson House’s features include:

  • Spacious en-suite bedrooms with television points
  • Several lounge areas
  • Dining rooms where our residents enjoy home-cooked meals
  • Large landscaped garden with raised flower beds and a seating area
  • A hairdressing salon
  • wi-fi logo  Wi-Fi enabled throughout the home.

Our team

Our care team is on-hand 24 hours a day, every day of the year and staff are dedicated to delivering care with kindness.

To ensure we continue to provide the best standards of care and support to our residents, we recruit and train only the best staff.

Whilst they receive a variety of on-going training to ensure their skills remain up-to-date, along with an enhanced DBS check (formerly CRB), it is their dedication to our residents which makes them truly special.


We believe it is important that our residents spend their time as they choose, so have a dedicated activities person to support them to take part in interesting activities, rekindle old past times and try new things.

We have a hairdressing salon and our residents also enjoy being pampered with manicures and hand massages.

Regular activities on offer include everything from baking, music to movement sessions, a reading club, film workshops, bingo, arts and crafts and live music entertainment.

We also regularly invite local school children, church groups and our neighbours to take part in themed events and coffee mornings.

Care and Support

We pride ourselves on treating people as individuals, so all our residents have care plans tailored to their individual medical, social and emotional needs. We review care plans on a regular basis and involve family and friends in this process wherever possible.

The range of personal care services we can provide, in partnership with local professionals, include:

  • Chiropody
  • Hairdressing
  • Optical care
  • Dental care
  • GP
  • Key worker

Home-cooked meals

Our catering team prides themselves on preparing nutritious, seasonal home-cooked meals, along with mouth-watering home-baked cakes for afternoon tea.

Residents help us to shape the menus and our catering team spends time with them to get feedback on the dishes and their likes and dislikes. They are also able to cater for a variety of dietary requirements.

Breakfast includes a wide variety of choice from cereals and toast to a traditional cooked breakfast.

Lunch and dinnertimes see a selection of sandwiches, home-made soups, salads, jacket potatoes and hot meals such as a Sunday roast with all the trimmings and favourites including fish and chips, cottage pie and a hearty casserole.

There is also an array of snacks and refreshments available throughout the day for residents and their loved ones if they get a bit peckish.

Contact us

If you would like more information about our care home or have any questions, please feel free to contact us either via the yellow ‘view phone number’ button above or the yellow ‘contact us’ button below.

We would be delighted to offer you advice or arrange an informal visit to our care home so you can meet our residents and team and see first-hand the excellent services and facilities we have to offer.

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