History of the Home

Below is a year on year summary of the achievements...


1983 The Old Vicarage was purchased.
1984 Opened as a Residential Home with 1 resident and 1 member of staff. (July) Registered for 6 residents by Dorset County Council.
1987 Registered for 8 residents and all rooms were fully occupied by the end of the year. We had a small staff and felt we could expand further, so rooms 1-4 were built with a boiler room and then we were registered for 11 people.
1989 We had good feedback from the residents, staff and the local people and felt a need to increase the viability of the home and be able to take on more staff from the rural area. We planned a large expansion. Rooms 5-16 were built and we were then registered for 24 people. We had an extended kitchen, a new laundry room, a staff area and office. We also formed a new pond and installed a main drainage system.
1992 The home had began to be a focal point in the village. Exercise books kept in resident's rooms for care information. Later in the year the home was registered for 26 people.
1993 Final extension planned which would provide additional 10 single bedrooms.
1994 Care plans are drawn up and reviewed. A great deal of activities within the home taking place. Positive relationships with the local primary health care team.
1995 IIP status achieved by the end of year and is being dealt with in a positive and enthusiastic way. Improved record keeping systems. Clear aims and objectives. Training is still given a very high priority, involving all staff members. Dutch student exchanges had commenced. Focus now on the Environment Health Heart Beat Award plus the NVQ and BBL Care Awards.
1996 The opening of a new extension - now registered for 35 people. A review of practices for the home were looked at. A Garden Party was planned for the Summer. Regular trips now organised. A high standard of care and accommodation, also aims and objectives clearly met. A Keyworker system was introduced. Staffing increased from 30 to approximately 47.
1997 A comprehensive induction programme now in place and NVQ in-house and external courses are undertaken. Word processor now in use.
1998 The home is commended for the provision of high quality, extremely interesting and highly informative brochures. A strong effective team now operating the home. Staff handbook introduced with new policies and procedures in place around the home. Re-assessment of I.I.P. and succeeded with 41 members of staff. Regular staff appraisals are now taking place. One new computer and printer installed. Later in the year, a second computer was installed.
1999 A third computer was added to the network that was dedicated to payroll. In-house bookkeeping commenced.
2000 Annie Sinnott & Clare Buckland completed the assessor's course for NVQ. Staff are commended for their continual efforts to provide care with sensitivity. Continual staff training taking place. Good management and administrative systems in place.
2001 A motivated management team of 6 in place. An IIP re-assessment took place and was achieved.Clare Buckland passed her International Business Administration degree (2:1). New care agreements issued to include topics in the Care Act 2000. Three staff are studying Level 4 Care and three staff undergoing Assessor training. New counselling sessions for staff and residents. Became a limited company in June 2001.
2002 Tracy Hollex created new computerised care from the 1st April which coincided with the National Care Standards Commission launch date. Keyworkers started training on the staff room computers.

In April five members of staff achieved NVQ level 3, enabling 2 of them to become NVQ Assessors. Kelly Gray and Emma Wills became Deputy Managers and passed their NVQ level 4 in Care.
2004 On 16th October we were the first care home nationally to be accredited as a Practice Development Unit with Bournemouth University; a presentation took place on 9th December 2003 where a plaque and certificates were presented.
2004 January, TOVIC became a registered body for CRB checks. The official local launch for a new pilot ‘Care Ambassador Scheme’ (a TOPSS South West initiative) took place in Dorchester Hardy Hall on 14th January.
TOVIC became very much involved in the programme and helped to roll it out across the country.
2005 TOVIC celebrated 10 years of Dutch student’s exchanges. JTOVIC continues to stand by their mission statement ‘We are committed to provide excellence in care through continual training and development of our staff’ by funding over 25 different courses/training sessions throughout the year, totalling 137 successfully completed courses/sessions and qualifications!
2007 In May Natalie achieved her official Registered Managers certificate.
Annie was presented with an MBE by Prince Charles for her commitment to the care industry.
2011 Monday 11th April- building works started on the new extension!

November saw the first of the new bedrooms become available and were quickly filled by new residents. The new build continues on schedule!
2012 March was frantic with the final stages of the 8 new bed extension etc. coming together culminating on 31st March with The Grand Opening. HM Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, Mrs Anthony Pitt- Rivers opened the ceremony and a tree was planted by Denzil Goddard, resident, to commemorate the occasion. A fabulous day was had by all enjoying fine wines, canapés and much entertainment including jazz and belly dancing!!
2013 The Old Vicarage planted their rose garden of 215 Roses in the spring. The gardens were open. The summer house was built throughout the summer.

We had Dutch and Polish Students undertaking work experience in the home.


April - 30 year anniversary celebration for the home. We held a day for residents, past and present staff and family members.


Re-accreditation of The Gold Standards Framework for End of Life Care - achieving 'Beacon Status' - the highest level of accreditation to be awarded

Sally Dearling retired after 19 years of service at The Old Vicarage


Sadly our beloved Annie and Ian passed away

We celebrated the Queen's 90th Birthday by holding 'a right royal bash' on the front lawn in June which was enjoyed by Residents, staff, families, friends and the community.


Electronic Care Planning system introduced, this led to staff being able to spend more time with Residents and more comprehensive records