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Cedar Court Residential and Nursing Home in Durham

Portland Avenue, Seaham, County Durham, SR7 8BT
Dementia care
Nursing care
Palliative care
Residential care
Respite care

A short drive from the picturesque beach in the home’s own minibus, the residents at Cedar Court love to make the most of our coastal location.

Members of the team are very loyal and exceptionally caring, often coming in on their days off to see the residents or help if there is a special celebration. The home’s Care Quality Commission (CQC) report, which rated Cedar Court Good in every single area inspected, highlighted the caring nature of the team. Comments included: "I think they're marvellous, they're lovely staff".

Fantastic activities

With three members of staff dedicated to providing stimulating activities, plus a number of kind-hearted volunteers, Cedar Court’s residents have so much to do. For residents living with dementia, there is a Singing for the Brain group in Seaham which they love to go to.

One of the home’s volunteers drives the minibus, so the activities team is never short of help when taking residents to places, including Seaham beach or a social club the gents like to visit. Here they can meet up with people from other residential and nursing care homes across Durham for a chat and games. Another popular spot some of the residents like to visit is the Herrington Country Park in Houghton-le-Spring.

Cedar Court has its own hairdressing salon, which has a nail bar if residents fancy a manicure or hand massage. Our gents often like to visit to have their facial hair trimmed too. As well as the mobile hairdresser that visits each week, one of our care team was once a hairdresser, so if our residents have a wedding or family celebration, she makes sure their hair and make-up look their best.

One of the team is also trained to deliver Oomph! exercise classes, which are specially tailored for people living in residential and nursing homes. And of course, a competitive game of bingo is always a must!

The loved ones of our residents are embraced into life at Cedar Court and often join us for our celebrations and garden parties. They are also welcome to bring in their well-behaved pets, which some of our residents really look forward to. There is a large room in the home which was once a day centre, where the families of our residents are welcome to host special celebrations to mark birthdays and anniversaries. This is especially helpful for our residents with greater nursing needs, or those living in the later stages of dementia because they can enjoy these celebrations from the comfort of their home.

Food glorious food

Mealtimes are a real highlight in our care home, with the quality of the nutritious, home-cooked food receiving very high praise in Cedar Court’s CQC report. Comments in the report included: "I've come up on a Sunday lunchtime and it makes my mouth water." Another quote included: "Food, it's great, I like everything I get. I don't leave anything".

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Stories from the home

Photo of Susan and Pamela at Cedar Court

A wonderful surprise

Thank you to Lidl in Peterlee for such a beautiful surprise for our residents. What amazing community spirit.

Residents Bonnie and Eileen

5 * Review

"My mum stayed for 10 days as part of her respite care. The atmosphere in the home was marvelous and the staff were wonderful."

Steps down to the beach

By the sea

With sea views from a number of our rooms, Cedar Court has the perfect coastal location.

Exterior at Cedar Court

Our garden

Our large gardens are a beautiful space to enjoy in the sunshine, with bright flowers, seating and a summer house.

Resident at Abercorn House

5* review

"Staff are extremely helpful and friendly. Could not ask for better care (1st class)".
Sister of Resident.

Hairdressers at Cedar Court

See you at the salon!

We have our own salon with a mobile hairdresser who visits weekly.

Facilities at this home


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


  • Arts and crafts
  • Card games
  • Day trips
  • Gardening
  • Live entertainment
  • Pamper sessions
  • Pet therapy

Care and support

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

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Portland Avenue
County Durham
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Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn (Financial reassurance) – Group Director Sanctuary Care 20 May 2020

Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn – Group Director Sanctuary Care 12 May 2020

Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn (Testing) – Group Director Sanctuary Care 7 May 2020

Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn (PPE) – Group Director Sanctuary Care 30 April 2020

Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn (Food) – Group Director Sanctuary Care 27 April 2020

Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn (Visits and PPE) – Group Director Sanctuary Care 15 April 2020

At Sanctuary Care our number one priority is to keep our residents, their relatives and our staff safe.

With the increasing number of reported cases of Coronavirus in the UK, we have taken the difficult decision to minimise all non-essential visits to our residential and nursing homes until further notice. These include routine visits from loved ones and friends, entertainers, hairdressers, volunteers, work experience students and school parties.

We have not taken this decision lightly and understand this will be upsetting for relatives who want to visit loved ones. We do feel this is the best way to keep our residents safe and is one of many proactive, preventative measures we are taking to stop this infection getting into our homes.

We do hope you understand why we are taking these precautions. Please don’t hesitate to call if you would like to speak to us directly if you have any questions or concerns.

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