"I came in because I didn't want to be lonely but still wanted to be independent. Now this is truly my home, I'm very happy here"
- Brenda (MacPherson Resident)
The Weymouth Society offer sheltered housing and care home facilities for the elderly. We run two properties and strive to offer the best possible care and attention to all residents.
Legh House is a single storey building originally built on land owned by Mrs Catherine Dowman. It was purpose built to be used as a residential care home for The Dorset Association for the Care of the Elderly and in 1979 was given to the Abbeyfield Weymouth Society. Legh House seeks to provide a comfortable home within the traditions of the Abbeyfield movement. Offering each resident a comfortable quality of life, responding to their individual needs and tailoring services to meet their choices wherever possible.
The society also run MacPherson House, a sheltered accommodation for the elderly. This home aims to support residents but still allowing them independent living.
MacPherson House provides supported living to the over 55s and at present our residents are aged between 65-100. They have their own private room with en-suite shower room and residents may furnish their room with their own personal items to make it more homely. There is also a communal lounge, dining room and two utility rooms providing washing machines, tumble dryers, fridges, microwaves and toasters. Staff provide tea, coffee and biscuits twice a day and lunch and supper are served in the dining room. Residents make their breakfast independently in their room and items for this can be collected from the house kitchen.
Telephone: 01305 833229
Legh House is a single storey building purpose built to be used as a residential care home. The property has a southerly aspect, boasting unimpeded views over Chesil Bank and the Isle of Portland. The house has a large dining/sitting room with an adjoining conservatory leading to a patio area and gardens. Rooms are carpeted and most provide a hand basin, toilet and a lockable cabinet for personal possessions, as well as a TV point and telephone socket. Residents may supply their own additional furniture and bed linen, but the home is able to supply some furniture, linen, etc, if required. All meals are provided, with lunch and supper being taken in the dining room, while breakfast is normally served to residents in their rooms. All laundry is done in house, both personal and bed linen.
Telephone: 01305 773663
A Bit More About the Society
"The Abbeyfield Weymouth Society has been providing homes to elderly people for more than 50 years. I myself have been involved in the financial side for 40+ years, and over that time I have seen a lot of changes. At one point the society had four homes providing accommodation to 45 people but with changes in views, people were encouraged to stay in their homes and buy in the care and support that they need. Consequently the numbers of people seeking accommodation of the type that we offer, dropped and we found it difficult to let our supported units and closed two houses, investing the proceeds from sale of those into upgrading our remaining two houses.
As a small local society, we are one of many member societies affiliated to the national Abbeyfield Society. Able to call on the national society's resources whilst remaining independent. Our trustees are ultimately responsible for all aspects of our company "limited by guarantee". Financially we must cover all overheads and provide for capital needs and a small surplus. I work with the trustees budgeting to try and ensure this. We are regulated by the Charity Commission and Care Quality Commission and we are registered as a Social Landlord.
Our aim is to provide a home that is safe and secure, homely and to combat loneliness often felt by the elderly, and our staff work hard to ensure that our philosophy is fulfilled. Our volunteers are a very important part of that, and we always need people who are able to volunteer their time to call in and chat, do artwork, knit and natter or carry out exercise classes and other activities with our residents."
- Lesley Rose (Executive Officer)