Priory Dalton Court Care Home

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About this location

Dalton Court Care Home is located in Cockermouth, just outside the Lake District National Park. Our home offers specialist nursing and dementia support for 60 adults, with 24-hour input from registered nurses. We can also offer end of life/palliative care and respite services.

Our home boasts a beautiful setting with views of the Lake District fells. Our goal at Dalton Court is to provide a homely environment so our residents feel safe and well cared for, whilst promoting their continued independence. We support people to pursue their own individual hobbies and interests, and maintain contact with their local communities and loved ones.

In addition to supporting adults with dementia, we can also assist those who have a range of other conditions, presentations and needs, including people who:

  • Are above the age of 65 and have age-related conditions
  • Have medical needs which require nursing care
  • Are under the age of 65 with conditions such as early onset dementia

Services at a glance

There are a total of 60 bedrooms at the site. Of these:

All 60 have en-suite facilities
30 are on the ground floor

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Europe Way Cockermouth Cumbria CA13 0RJ

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About our service

Our facilities and environment

Dalton Court is a modern, purpose-built home set on its own grounds, with accommodation split over two floors. The ground floor offers support to residents who are physically frail, and the first floor is home to people living with dementia and other organic brain changes. In addition to the accommodation, the home has a range of communal areas for residents to enjoy, including:

  • A large lounge with plenty of seating
  • Dining room
  • Quiet room
  • Communal bathrooms

Residents also benefit from our spacious garden areas, complete with:

  • Secure fencing
  • Lawn
  • Patio area with furniture
  • Shelter
  • Wheelchair access

We also have specialised equipment within the home, such as a lift to both floors, a variety of hoists, and a minibus to support our residents with their travel needs.

Our bedrooms

All of our bedrooms have been designed to provide maximum comfort to the people we support. The rooms are all furnished and homely, and can be personalised to individual tastes. Each bedroom has:

  • En-suite facilities
  • A fully furnished interior
  • TV point
  • Nurse call button
  • Wheelchair access

Our approach to support

Everybody who lives at Dalton Court has their own person-centred care plan, which is co-produced with input from the individual, their family members and professionals involved in their care. We aim to help everyone in our care to make their own choices about the support they receive. This may include support in a number of areas, such as personal care, mobility, eating and drinking, accessing the community, and social opportunities.

In addition to our 24/7 nursing support, we also have close links with multidisciplinary professionals, who help us ensure the health and wellbeing of the people we support. We have weekly hairdresser visits, and regular visits from a foot care practitioner, as well as other professionals such as a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech and language therapist, and dietitian. Residents also receive regular hearing and optician checks, and have access to a GP and a dentist.


Everyone who lives at Dalton Court has their own personalised activities planner and are encouraged to take part in activities which are meaningful and fulfilling to them. Our dedicated team organise a variety of activities at the home, as well as out in the community. This might include daily activities such as:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Armchair exercise classes
  • Visiting entertainment
  • Trips to the local community
  • Reminiscence
  • Relaxing in our safe enclosed garden

Exclusion profile

We are unable to support those who present with severe behaviours that challenge.

Our team

Our support staff are highly experienced in supporting older people. Our in-house team consists of:

  • Service manager
  • Deputy manager
  • Registered nurses
  • Senior care assistants
  • Care assistants
  • Activity co-ordinators
  • Catering team
  • Housekeeping team
  • Maintenance team
  • Administrators

Our staff team also receive specialist staff training, designed to meet the needs of each individual we support. Our care team are supported by registered nurses on every shift, and they also receive Non Abusive Psychological and Physical Intervention (NAPPI) training.

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At Priory, we want to ensure we provide the very best service to each individual we support. Contact us for more information, or to make a referral.

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About the local area


Dalton Court in located on the outskirts of the market town of Cockermouth. Nearby local amenities include:

  • Shops
  • Cafés
  • Restaurants
  • Park
  • Post office
  • GP surgery
  • Hotels
  • Lake District National Park

Transport links

Dalton Court also has excellent transport links, including:

  • A local bus service
  • A convenient residential location just off the A66 and A5086
  • Our own minibus

Comments from our residents and their family and friends

For the last 10 months I have been visiting my husband at Dalton Court where he is recovering after a severe stroke. The kindness shown to both of us by all staff has been heart-warming at a very difficult time. I am always greeted by smiles and made to feel welcome
Partner of person supported by Dalton Court Care Home
Excellent care was given to my husband and our family when we visited. We were made to feel at home and could see how he was kept comfortable and kept his dignity till the end of his life
Partner of person supported by Dalton Court Care Home

Family and friends FAQs

How does home leave work?

We support family members to ensure our residents can attend home visits and events.

Can friends and families visit?

We have an open door policy and welcome visitors. However, we do request that protected meals times are observed.

Will I be involved and kept up to date with the progress of my loved one’s care and support?

Loved ones will invited to discuss your relatives care plans regularly, and will be kept informed of any significant changes to a person’s needs as they happen.

Will my loved one be able to have a phone or call me?

Calls will be accommodated whenever possible. However, residents are encouraged to obtain their own mobile devices if they wish to have regular telephone contact with family and friends. We can support residents to use their own devices.

What type of things are families expected to provide, and what is provided by the home?

Bedrooms all come furnished, and bedding is also provided. Our catering team will also supply residents with meals, drinks and snacks. Families are expected to provide personal items such as clothing, toiletries, a TV set, any additional personal snacks and drinks, ornaments and décor items.

What are the bedrooms like?

Rooms are individually decorated, and residents are encouraged to dress their room with personal ornaments, cushions and photographs, to really make their space their own.

Are external doors kept locked?

External doors are locked with a key code to ensure the safety of the people who live here. Everyone will be risk assessed individually to deem the security required for that person. Only those residents assessed to be able to leave the home unsupervised will be provided with the code to give them assess out of the home. Doors to higher risk areas such as the stairs, kitchen, and industrial laundry facilities are also protected with keypads. However, all residents have access to our safe garden areas and communal spaces.

What do residents eat and how do meal times work?

Our varied menu is prepared by our dedicated catering team, who ensure that there is always choice of at least two options at each meal. Dietary restrictions and modification will also be catered for. Resident feedback is encouraged and is reflected in the menu.

How does laundry work?

Our team will ensure that residents always have access to clean clothes and bedding. We have industrial laundry facilities on-site, which our team will take care of on behalf of our residents. For this reason, we do recommend that resident’s clothing is labelled.

Is there anything they can’t bring or have?

We would ask that residents do not bring valuables such as family heirlooms to our home, as we cannot guarantee their safety. Bank cards and money which the resident may require access to, can be locked in the safe and looked after by the admin team.

Some items, such as scissors and razors may need to be kept locked away and access restricted, to ensure the safety of everyone who lives here. All medications must be handed to the nurse for safekeeping.

Are pets allowed?

We do not allow live-in pets, although well-behaved pets are welcome to visit. The home has two very friendly resident cats.

How do activities work?

We have an activities co-ordinator on each unit, who organise a variety of activities designed to offer something for everyone. Activities may include baking, arts and crafts, trips out, exercises, and visiting entertainers.

Do residents and families have an input into the care plans?

We work with social workers, family members and residents to develop care plans which are in the best interests of our residents. We use a variety of communication tools and work with health professionals to aid each resident in having a say about every aspect of their care. Care plans are regularly reviewed, and family members will be asked for their input.

What are the car parking facilities?

We have a small car park. Additional free parking is available on the road nearby.

What is the smoking policy?

Residents can smoke in the designated sheltered smoking area in the garden. Smoking or vaping is not permitted inside the building.

What are your fees and how are they funded?

Our fees can vary, and are based on an assessment of each individual's needs. We accept the following funding types: local authority funding, local authority funding and top up, NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding, and private/self-funding. Please note, referrals for NHS or local authority funded services must come from a referring organisation. We recommend contacting your local social care team to attain a referral.

How to make a referral

Our service provides high quality support to people with varying levels of need. Referrals can be made through the individual’s social care team or, if relevant, their local health authority. If you are a professional looking to make a referral, please call us or fill in our enquiry form.

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