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Don Thomson House Residential Care Home in Essex

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

Care home admissions during the Covid-19 pandemic

Safe admissions into our care homes includes the option for new residents to self-isolate in the comfort of their own home for 11 days, before joining us in the care home where they will be tested for Covid-19 and supported to self-isolate for 3 more days until the result of the test is known.

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.

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.

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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 to find out more about our short-term respite care breaks.

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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.

Lounge at Don Thomson House

Welcoming and relaxing lounges

Just like home, we have beautifully bright and airy lounges to sit back and relax or catch up with loved ones in.

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.

Hairdressers at Don Thomson House

The VIP experience!

Residents can unwind and be treated to a new hairstyle in our relaxing hairdressing salon in the heart of our home.

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.

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
Care staff

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Low Road
Dovercourt, Harwich
CO12 3TS
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New residents can either self-isolate in their own home before coming to the care home, or join us and then self-isolate*.

Sanctuary Care new admissions information

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Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn (Adult Social Care Winter Plan) – Group Director Sanctuary Care 21 September 2020

Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn (Visiting) – Group Director Sanctuary Care 14 September 2020

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