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47 places for residential and dementia care

About Alexandra House

Alexandra House is a purpose-built home for 47 people with residential or dementia care needs.

Situated on the seafront, in the centre of Dovercourt Bay, we offer long term and respite care in safe, warm and welcoming surroundings. All our rooms have en suite wet rooms.

A dedicated and compassionate team ensure everyone receives the person-centred care that they deserve, tailored to their individual needs and preferences.

And our 24-hour support ensures you continue to enjoy maximum independence with peace of mind, knowing that help is always at hand.

“The staff at Alexandra House make me feel loved and wanted. It's not just a job to them, they do everything they can to make life happy and content.” Resident review, carehome.co.uk

Rated 9.8/10 (carehome.co.uk reviews, July 2019)

100% of residents feel they are treated with kindness, dignity and respect (Latest Your Care Rating, 2018)

What makes Alexandra House special?

  • Light and airy accommodation with en suite wet rooms 
  • Compassionate colleagues who care for everyone as an individual
  • Personalised care plans, developed with residents and their family
  • Music therapy – group and 1-2-1 sessions
  • Extensive activity programme 
  • Secure, landscaped gardens 
  • Hair salon and reflexology
  • A dedicated Chaplain

We work hard to ensure the right balance of privacy and company for each individual, and residents can be sure of quality and choice in their care, ensuring they can live life to the full in the way they wish.

“Thank you to all the staff, you have treated my mum like the Queen (her words).” Independent relative review, carehome.co.uk

Where are we?

We’re right on the seafront on Marine Parade in the centre of Dovercourt Bay, with panoramic sea views. We’re situated in beautiful grounds, adjacent to Alexandra Court retirement living apartments. The local library, shops and restaurants are right on our doorstep. And our convenient location benefits from excellent transport links with a bus stop outside and the train station just two minutes away.

Activities, trips and events

Our passionate Activity Coordinator keeps our residents active and entertained with a fun-packed calendar. We focus on enabling personal fulfilment for each individual and supporting each person’s choices, interests and hobbies

Activities include: film afternoons, knit and knatter, baking, reflexology, gardening, pamper sessions, whist, quiz nights, bingo, arts and crafts, flower arranging, exercise sessions, bible studies and personal support from our Chaplain who is employed at Alexandra House.

We regularly invite special guests and external entertainers into our home. The most popular is regular visitor Wanda, a gorgeous therapy dog.

We regularly go on local trips, making the most of our beautiful seafront setting, with a visit to the promenade and park, out for an ice-cream or trip to the local beer garden. Our residents let us know what they want to do, and we do our best to make it happen for them.

“My nan is usually quite isolated, but she has taken every opportunity to participate in the activities provided by the home.” Independent relative review, carehome.co.uk

Award-winning music therapy

We’re committed to providing alternative therapies such as music therapy to help alleviate isolation and the symptoms for those living with dementia. Our trained therapist is funded by charitable donations.

They interact with residents through live music therapy sessions. This includes singing, playing simple percussion instruments or responding to musical cues in a one-to-one or group setting. Take a look at our video to find out more about this life-changing therapy.

Chaplaincy and pastoral support

We’re proud to be supported by a dedicated Chaplain at Alexandra House, who offers pastoral support to all, whatever their beliefs. The Chaplain is with us three days a week, providing a listening presence, companionship and one-to-one pastoral support for all residents, their friends and relatives, and staff members - irrespective of their beliefs.

Seize the day – making unique and memorable opportunities

Funded through charitable support, every MHA care home also prides itself in being able to offer unique and memorable opportunities and activities for residents to quite literally help them 'seize the day'.  

Visit us for an afternoon

If you’d like to experience living at Alexandra House, we’d love to invite you for lunch and to spend an afternoon with us. It’s the best way to really get a feel for our friendly home and decide if we’re right for you. We also offer respite care.

75 years’ experience

MHA is an award-winning charity, helping to improve the lives of over 18,000 older people across Britain. Through specialist care homes, retirement living schemes and vibrant community projects, we have been enabling people to live later life well for over 75 years.

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CQC overall rating for Alexandra House - Harwich


20th Aug 2020

Privacy and independence, friendship and support - 24 hours a day

At Alexandra House we offer care and comfort, compassion and friendship. At the heart of all we offer is our assurance that you will be treated with the respect and dignity that we all deserve, and if you need anything at all, we’re here to help, 24 hours a day.

Whether in the privacy of your own room or relaxing in the company of your friends and neighbours, we will support you to spend your time doing the things you enjoy. Let us know if it’s music, a favourite newspaper, exercise or a spot of pampering at the salon. Landscaped gardens invite you to appreciate the fresh air, or tend the plants, if you wish. There’s a wide range of social events, so you never need to feel bored or lonely.

Alexandra House has the latest safety and security design features so you can live life to the full with peace of mind.

“Staff are very professional, treat me kindly with respect, they always knock on the door.” Resident quite, CQC report

Residential care

Finding a place that you can call "home" is a question of getting the right balance.

Alexandra House’s residential care provides 24 hour support to help residents maintain independence – giving you peace of mind and a place to make new friends and explore new interests.

In many ways it is like living in a luxury hotel, where you don’t need to worry about laundry, changing the bed or cleaning your room. We will use the district nurse and GPs to provide any medical care. Our caring staff help with everyday activities like bathing and dressing and support at meal times.

At the same time, we’ll support you to maintain links with the local community, or develop new friendships. Care staff will help you do that, while also working hard to create a home that’s full of opportunity and possibility.

In the main living areas of the home you will find lounges where you can join in one of the many activities with others or sit quietly with a book or newspaper.

“Cleanliness is excellent and the staff are outstanding, liaise really well with relatives, and general communication is wonderful.” Independent relative review, carehome.co.uk

Dedicated dementia care

MHA is a pioneer of person-centred dementia care in the UK.

With a reputation for providing the highest quality care, our person-centred care recognises each person as a unique individual and addresses their own spiritual and physical needs, with both reassurance and support.

Everyone with dementia is different. At Alexandra House, we take time to get to know each individual’s history, personality and preferences, and find ways to make every day fulfilling. There is wide range of activities and reminiscence therapy, keeping social interaction and stimulation a key part of everyday life.

Focusing on individual needs and support for older people, we make sure that we help our residents live later life well, aiming to alleviate the symptoms of dementia with understanding and expertise.

Our dementia areas at Alexandra House are secure units, designed to be safe for you, and also as familiar, reassuring and as easy to navigate as possible.

We offer mind stimulating activities and residents enjoy our reminiscence areas and sensory exercise sessions using balls and ribbons.

We provide ‘show and tell’ at mealtimes where you are visually presented with the two meals on the menu so you can select which one you would like. Other options are also available if you would like an alternative.

Your room

All of the bedrooms at Alexandra House are comfortably furnished and have an en suite wet room. We have free wifi throughout the home.

You can bring your own furniture to furnish your room, such as a favourite armchair or own bed. Walls can be personalised with your own pictures, shelving and ornaments.

“Mum's room is very homely and kept clean and tidy. It's like home from home.” Independent relative review, carehome.co.uk

Food and drink

Meal times are a special part of the day for you to savour tasty food, freshly cooked by our chef to suit you and any dietary needs. And, of course refreshments are available throughout the day for you and your visitors, who are welcome at any time.

Our commitment to your wellbeing

Our highly-trained, dedicated members of staff will always be on hand to provide your care and support in the way that best suits you, in the comfort of your own room with en suite facilities.

We choose the people who work with us very carefully. They need to share our values and respect people, their life experience and personal choices.

We take pride in the cleanliness and maintenance of your home and provide a thorough and friendly cleaning service. Your personal washing will be carefully laundered and returned to you, clean and fresh.

Regular exercise sessions, reflexology, pamper sessions and visits from our local chiropodist, plus uplifting visits from local schools and pet therapy animals, help to keep you mentally and physically active.

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Indicative fees for self-funding residents at Alexandra House Care Home, Harwich

(1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021)

Residential care

Depending on the level of residential care required, gross weekly fees will range from:

£841.85 (Single en suite, low care needs) to a maximum of £942.75 (Single en suite - Premium, high care needs)

Residential dementia care

Depending on the level of residential dementia care required, gross weekly fees will range from:

£1005.81 (Single en suite, low care needs) to a maximum of £1067.82 (Single en suite, high care needs)

Alexandra House Care Home
Marine Parade 
Dovercourt, Harwich 
Essex, CO12 3JY

Tel: 01255 503340

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