Care Home in Bournemouth

Dedicated residential and dementia care home

Virtual tour of the home

Welcome to the Retired Nurses National Home (RNNH)

The RNNH is a residential care home in Bournemouth, Dorset, which is open to all. It is one of nine care homes run by the not-for-profit charity Friends of the Elderly. Our focus is to give older people in our care the chance to live fulfilled lives, whether they stay with us for a longer residential stay, or a short-term respite break. Find out more about the RNNH below and use the contact form or phone number to get in touch with a member of our care team.

About Retired Nurses National Home

Category: Residential care, Dementia care

The Retired Nurses National Home (RNNH) welcomes everyone but retains a strong link to its heritage. Originally built for the benefit of the retired nursing community, we maintain our own archive of nursing history.

This stunning care home in Bournemouth is set amongst beautiful gardens, which most of the rooms overlook. Friends and family are always welcome to visit – and can share in the joy of a meal, sitting in the gardens or joining in with one of our activities, and the home is within easy travelling distance of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

We understand that everyone has different needs. That’s why our care assistants create a personalised care plan for each resident to ensure that those needs are met.

Respite care is also available at RNNH. If you’d like more information, please contact us.

  • The Retired Nurses National Home (RNNH) is a purpose built residential home, staffed by a well-trained and compassionate team.

  • There’s a range of activities on at the RNNH – enjoy as much or as little of them as you like! The summer garden party is always a highlight.

  • When it comes to food, we know that choice matters. That’s why we have a menu of delicious, nutritious meals to pick from and enjoy.

  • Enjoy our beautiful gardens. If you’re feeling green-fingered, there’s even a gardening club to join.

  • Dementia unit - staffed by a specially trained care team providing dementia focused care.

CQC Report

CQC Report Overall: Requires improvement
Requires improvement
Requires improvement
Requires improvement

Last inspected
4th August 2023

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We are sorry that there are some areas at RNNH that require improvement. Friends of the Elderly’s Senior Management Team have taken the findings of this inspection very seriously and are working closely with the team at RNNH and with CQC to address all areas highlighted. We were pleased to see that the QCQ report did identify many areas of good practice at RNNH.

Friends of the Elderly is committed to delivering the best possible care, the other homes in our portfolio are rated by CQC as Good or Outstanding and we are committed to working through all actions necessary to bring RNNH to the same standard.

Mark WIlson, Chief Operating Officer, Friends of the Elderly

Friends of the Elderly are committed to providing care you can count on

  • All our care homes use technology such as electronic care planning and acoustic listening to keep our residents safe.

  • We have a devoted property team who work to keep our homes safe and secure.

  • We run a Dementia Education Programme in partnership with Worcester University, to ensure our staff know how to best support our residents living with dementia.

  • We provide regular training around Infection Prevention Control, and we are Covid Wise.

  • We are proud that many of our staff have worked with us for over 20 years, allowing us to provide consistent care teams to best support our residents.


Fees are based on an assessment of your individual care needs and will be calculated following a visit. Our fees at RNNH start from £1,145 per week for residential care and £1,250 per week for a room in the Dementia Unit.

For more information download our fees information sheet for the RNNH.

We’re looked after nicely here – it’s lovely; the carers are ever so nice

Book a Visit

  • If you would like to book a visit, please use the form below and a member of our team will contact you as soon as possible to arrange.   To contact us about a general enquiry or recruitment opportunities, please use the form on our contact page.
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Contact Us

If you would like to speak to us about any aspect of finding a care home or would like to book an appointment over the phone, please call us on:

  01202 396 418 (Care home)

 020 7730 8263(Central office)


Riverside Avenue
Dorset, BH7 7EE 

Telephone: 01202 396418