Care Home in Bournemouth

Specialists in residential and dementia care

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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 our Bournemouth care home below and use the contact form or phone number to get in touch with the 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.

We understand that everyone has different needs. That’s why we 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 care 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
6th December 2021

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Alan Johnson

Alan Johnston, Manager

“I have worked in the care industry for 33 years and have been managing homes for 29 of those. I have worked in all areas of the care home from housekeeping to junior management – this is something I feel helps make me a good manager as I understand what is expected at every level.

My vision for the Retired Nurses National Home is to build on our current ‘Good’ CQC rating and continue to work to make this a homely, happy, caring and welcoming place to live and work.

I really enjoy making residents smile and listening to their life experiences. I am motivated by supporting older people who need our care and to show them the compassion and empathy that they deserve.”

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 £1010 per week for residential care and £1,105 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

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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)

  03305 550 378 (Central office)


Riverside Avenue
Dorset, BH7 7EE 

Telephone: 01202 396418