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Birchwood Court Residential Care Home in Durham

Seaside Lane, Easington Colliery, Peterlee, County Durham, SR8 3XZ
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.

Birchwood Court is a residential care home in the close-knit mining village of Easington Colliery, next door to Sanctuary Care’s Ashwood Park home. There is a large shared area at the front of the buildings which is the perfect place for residents to socialise and enjoy events like our joint summer fete, which is always well attended by local people in Peterlee.

The team here have created some really special rooms at Birchwood Court, which our residents love to spend time in, as well as getting out and about across Durham in the home’s minibus.

The vintage Corner Café is a step back in time, with pretty tablecloths, bunting, fine china tea sets, tiered cake stands and homemade sweet treats.  Our staff take the orders at the table and if family or friends are visiting it is the perfect place for our residents to take them out, instead of the other way round.  It is a special place, particularly for our residents who live with dementia because it triggers happy memories of visiting tea shops with friends in their younger days.

The café is also an intimate space that our residents use for small family occasions like birthdays and wedding anniversaries, with our staff ready to make it the perfect celebration. Sometimes holding celebrations in this room is actually more relaxing than going out. 

In the bright and airy dining room, the staff and residents love to sit together as a big family and enjoy home-cooked meals, which are freshly prepared each day by the home’s chef.

Our latest cinema and games room additions

The new cinema room has been a huge hit with our residents, who as well as watching the old classics, are very fond of more modern films like Mama Mia. When this is on verses of Abba songs can be heard through Birchwood Court. There is also a popcorn machine with old fashioned cardboard cartons. Our residents are presented with cinema tickets showing the day’s movie. They hand these in as they enter, as they would have done at their local cinema before moving into residential care. Again it is a lovely way to go back to the good old days, especially for our residents living with dementia.

The new games room at Birchwood Court is a real social hub, with games machines, a pool table, jukebox, board and card games and even giant skittles.

Engaging in local life

The variety of activities on offer in our care home really helps it to thrive. In Peterlee, the local village hall hosts tea dances which some of our residents love to go to using the home’s minibus.  There are also lovely community gatherings at the nearby church which our residents are invited to, meeting with people from the local community over a game of bingo and a buffet.

Children from the local primary school and toddlers often pop into Birchwood Court to join in with activities. The favour is often returned with residents invited to take a front seat at special performances and celebrations.

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Pre-bookable respite care at Birchwood Court

Call our home today on 01915 279 741 or complete our Birchwood Court enquiry form for more information on how to book respite care in Durham.

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Stories from the home

Spring has sprung

Welcome to our new feathered friends, including Poached and Scrambled, who are keeping us smiling during these unprecedented times.

Rainbow of hope at Birchwood Court Care Home

Our message of hope

Our residents and team have created this beautiful banner to inspire passers by in our local community and make them smile.

Games room at Birchwood Court

The fun never stops

Play snooker, table games and inflatable bowling or relax in the seating area with a good tune on the Jukebox in our games room.

Cafe at Birchwood Court

Time for tea

Corner Café is the perfect place to enjoy a hot drink and sweet treat with family and friends or alone if you prefer the peace and quiet.

Thank you Mary

Mary says, "I feel I am part of the activities team. Everyone works so hard so I wanted to do my bit to help.”

Exterior of Birchwood Court

Sharing space with our sister home

We share our garden space and minibus with our sister home.

Facilities at this home


  • Cafe coffee shop
  • Cinema room
  • Ensuite
  • Games room
  • Garden
  • Hairdressing salon
  • Quiet room
  • Wifi


  • Arts and crafts
  • Children visits
  • Coffee mornings
  • Day trips
  • Light exercise
  • Movies
  • Pamper sessions
  • Quizzes
  • Singing

Care and support

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

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Seaside Lane, Easington Colliery
County Durham
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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

Find out more*

Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn (Visiting) – Group Director Sanctuary Care 5 November 2020

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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