At The Abbendon we provide residential nursing care for older people who are suffering from Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia and other similar conditions. We also offer a secure, homely and comfortable environment so our residents can lead fulfilled lives.

Our EMI Nursing Home has 24 beds and we provide both long term and respite care. Being a relatively small home allows us to function as a close community. We provide the quality nursing care that our residents require, always to the highest standard and we treat all our residents with the respect and dignity that they deserve.
The Abbendon is in Southport, in the North West of England, which is a traditional seaside retirement town with a beautiful coastline and an elegant Victorian centre.


The exterior of The Abbendon has a traditional façade while the interior has been designed to create a sense of openness and space allowing our residents to move about freely.
There are fourteen single bedrooms and five double rooms in the care home, all with televisions and a nurse call system fitted in every room. There is accommodation on 3 floors with a modern passenger lift providing easy access to all areas. There is a bathroom on each floor and all bathrooms have chair lifts. Our residents particularly enjoy spending time in our conservatory on the first floor.
Outside we have a sheltered courtyard garden with benches and patio furniture which is beautifully maintained by our gardeners


Our kitchen is modern and well equipped and our menus are designed to be delicious, nutritious and tempting. We encourage our residents to let us know what they want to eat and when, as our meals are all cooked within the home we can accommodate any special diets and meal requirements. We also have an in house laundry service and local chiropodist, optician and ministers of all denominations are regularly available to visit residents.

We endeavour to keep our resident’s minds and bodies active and stimulated and provide a range of mental, physical and social activities so our patients can enjoy the fullest possible lives. A full programme of entertainment is arranged by out team and music is especially important in many of the activities, ranging from sing-alongs to reminiscing. We also arrange regular trips out using our specially adapted minibus, we often take a picnic prepared by our cooks and relatives are more than welcome to join us.


The most common mental illness in the elderly is dementia of which there are several types. Dementia causes damage to different areas of the brain in different individuals – therefore no two residents can be considered as having the same illness. Ensuring that we treat each resident as an individual is an essential part of the care we deliver and also figures heavily in our staff training.

Much of the work of our care staff involves the physical care of our residents, as elderly people with dementia need frequent assistance in daily life. However at The Abbendon the quality of care and human contact given to our residents is of the utmost importance, and the kindness of touch and talk is constantly reinforced in our culture of care. We believe that the contact between staff and residents should sometimes be for the pleasure of it; we try to spend part of each day with each resident in pleasurable past time. For some of our patients only the simplest pleasures are what they desire – the enjoyment of conversation, of holding hands, the satisfaction of food and drink.

At The Abbendon we are very proud of our professional, helpful staff; immense effort is put into maintaining the constantly high standards achieved in the home. The majority of our staff are either NVQ trained or are working towards this qualification. We are firmly committed to investing in our staff and all staff receive extensive training. A high patient to staff ratio allows us to provide individually assessed care to each resident. Our team of registered nurses, through close liaison with a GP, are able to nurse unwell residents in the home usually avoiding admission to hospital which can be distressing for residents.


The Abbendon EMI Nursing Home is owned and run by Mr and Mrs Gilbert who both work full time in the Dovehaven Care Homes and who both have in excess of twenty years experience in the management of care homes. The Abbendon is managed on a day-to-day basis by our Matron Val Atherton who is a registered nurse with a wealth of experience in dealing with residents with dementia, and she has been at The Abbendon for eleven years. Along with her administration staff, Val has overall responsibility for the co-ordination of the various teams who work in the nursing home. Quality of care is the single most important aspect of the service our residents receive and this kind of quality can only be achieved with the right staff.

At The Abbendon we are enormously proud of all our staff and immense effort is put into maintaining the constantly high standards achieved in the home. New faces can often have a disruptive and confusing influence on our community of residents so we make every effort to avoid introducing new staff unnecessarily, but when recruiting new staff we ensure we select individuals with a genuine caring attitude, with experience of caring for older people, and the maturity to deal with the demands of their job. We have a high staff to resident ratio that enables us to provide individually assessed care to each resident. Our care team consists of 11 registered nurses and 24 health care assistants. All our staff receive extensive training, we are firmly committed to investing in our staff to ensure that they have the attitudes and commitment to care correctly for older people with dementia. Seventy five percent of our care staff are NVQ Level 2 and 3 trained and Val regularly attends seminars and courses relating to dementia to add to her already extensive knowledge. Part of our core training is the Alzheimer’s Disease Society Care Workers Course which leads to a formal examination which must be passed before employees can become Approved Alzheimer’s Society Care Workers.

When you visit us you will notice that many of our staff wear badges demonstrating their success in this course. Another very important team at The Abbendon is the catering staff. We have a full time cook and a part time cook who work alongside support staff in the catering department. The cook is responsible for maintaining the high standards of food and drinks for residents and is also responsible for the highest levels of food safety and hygiene. We have regular reviews of all our menus and welcome and comments and suggestions from residents and their families or friends. The final team who work at Dovehaven House is the domestic service and maintenance staff who look after all the cleaning, laundry and maintenance of the home.

Abbendon Nursing Home

45 Scarisbrick New Road

Southport, Merseyside


Tel : 01704 538663

Fax : 01704 538663