Signature House in Dorchester is a purpose-built care home with nursing. It has 48 rooms over three floors, all benefiting from 24-hour care, courtesy of our dedicated and qualified staff. All rooms are en suite and have motion sensors for individuals' support.
This care home supports individuals who require specialist nursing care due to physical disability, frailty or medical conditions that can affect daily living. Signature House also cares for individuals who are living with dementia from early onset to advanced stages of the condition.
Signature House at a glance
Why choose us
Choosing the right care home for your loved one can be a difficult task – especially if their needs are complex. At Signature House, we provide not only specialist care for residents with dementia or disabilities but also the opportunity for regular enrichment through daily activities and socialisation.
Our staff are highly trained to sympathetically manage the unpredictable nature of dementia, meaning that your relative will receive both the physical and mental assistance that they require. What we promote is a dignified and respectful approach to residents that is enriched through socialisation in our separate lounges and dining rooms. Discover more about our dementia care here.
For residents with specific medical needs we offer 24-hour personalised care from qualified on-site nurses and cater for specific dietary requirements. Our bedrooms feature en suite wet rooms and motion sensors for added safety, meaning that your relative will be in a safe environment at all times. Find out more about our nursing care here.
Finally, at Signature House we also offer both respite and day care services – allowing carers either to renew energy or complete necessary tasks at home without the need to worry about their elderly or disabled relative. If you are thinking about using respite care for the first time and are worried about the transition, we offer potential residents the opportunity to spend the day with us – at no cost – to build familiarity with a new environment before a longer stay. Discover more about respite or day care here.
Signature House is located in the Brewery Square complex of Dorchester. The surrounding area has many shops, restaurants, a cinema and a community spirit with many events and activities to choose from. The Dorchester South rail station is within walking distance. This is ideal for exploring the local Dorset area including the famous Jurassic coast and, of course, Weymouth beach and seaside town.
Mandy Bugler is the Home Manager who is a Registered Nurse with more than 30 years’ experience. In June 2020 Mandy was given the title of Queen’s Nurse by the Community Nursing Charity, The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) which indicates a commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership. Mandy leads a team of dedicated nurses and carers to ensure residents living in Signature House receive person-centred care in a way which is empowering, respectful, dignified and compassionate.
Mandy says “I am passionate about our residents being safe, making them happy and enabling them to lead fully enriched lives whilst always receiving the highest quality of care”
Maria has been a Nurse at Amica Care since 2015, taking on the role of Senior Nurse in 2020.
She is very pleased to have this unique opportunity to make a difference in people's lives, with compassion, patience and positivity.
Having studied Psychology at the University of Romania for 3 years, she qualified as a Psychologist, and this is something that she still has an interest in.
Outside of work Maria is a keen gastronomy cook, experimenting with recipes from all over the world.
Louise joined Amica in February 2024 bringing with her over 10 years administration experience, in such diverse areas as sales and running a quarry weighbridge. She is very organised, and will enjoy ensuring the smooth running of the administration at Signature House.
Having lived across the UK, Louise is excited to return to her home County of Dorset where she can enjoy spending time with her family and making the most of the outdoors, particularly the long walks that started during Covid, and have continued to be a favourite hobby.
Louise loves animals, particularly her four guinea pigs and two rabbits.
Michelle has been the Lead Activity Co-ordinator at Signature House since 2022. She has a vast experience in Health and Social Care having worked at Signature House as a Health Care Assistant with a NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social care. Prior to working for Amica Care, Michelle worked for the NHS at Southampton General Hospital for 16yrs.
Michelle's passion is to make the residents smile and to listen to them should they have any issues or questions. Her focus is on creating person centred activities that will enrich the residents' lives both physically and cognitively.
What this means...
The Care Quality Commission is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England.
Its primary objective is to ensure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate and high-quality care. The CQC monitors, inspects and rates service providers, suggesting improvements where necessary.