Darwin Avenue


Profile Strength
Very Good 77%
Care Type Care Home
Care Category Nursing | Dementia | Respite
Availability Call for details
Regulator's Rating Good
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Meet The Manager

Adam Toomer-Smith is General Manager at Latimer Court.

I qualified as an RN (Adult Branch) in 2012, having studied at Birmingham City University's School of Nursing. Before my career at Barchester, I worked specifically within the field of Trauma Orthopaedics on the Military Ward at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

I commenced work at Barchester's Lakeside Manor in 2015, and was promoted to Deputy Manager in March 2016 before progressing to the position of General Manager. I then moved to Latimer Court in 2019.

I enjoy working with a caring and dedicated team of staff who always make it their priority to deliver the best possible care and services.

Adam Toomer-Smith

Latimer Court is a purpose-built care home specifically designed to provide high quality residential and nursing care for elderly people and individuals living with dementia. We also offer respite care and short breaks, which can now be pre-booked up to a year in advance. The home is ideally located in Worcester and is within easy reach of both local amenities and the surrounding countryside.

Latimer Court is designed with a warm and homely feel. Its interior design, furnishing and settings were selected specifically to enable us to provide the very best elderly care, from the sofas and chairs in the living rooms through to the spacious en-suite bedrooms and secluded gardens. The home also features a range of services and facilities, including a coffee area, hair salon and a beautifully-maintained garden. Throughout the home, there are a range of communal and dining facilities to suit people who enjoy socialising, as well as those who prefer quieter activities.

Life skills kitchens enable residents to get involved in everyday domestic activities, such as baking, setting tables and washing up. With support from our skilled and experienced team, this helps people feel settled and useful.

We are always happy to answer questions and discuss how we can best meet your care needs, so please feel free to call us or pop in!

Care Options We Can Provide
Support For Companionship, Personal care.
Disability Support Bed Bound, Physical Disability, Physically Frail, Requires Hoist , Walking Frame, Wheel Chair Bound.
Medication By Mouth, Injection, Suppository.
Type Of Dementia Mild Dementia, Moderate Dementia.
Dementia Specialisms Alzheimer's.
Respite Care Yes
Minimum Age

Our Building and Facilities

All the services and facilities on offer are designed to enhance residents’ lives within the home. The care we provide is all about looking after their health and understanding what makes them happy. Please don’t hesitate to ask our friendly staff any questions you may have about the services we offer.

Is Our Home Purpose Built

How Many Floors We Have

Who Owns Our Building

Communal Rooms
Activities Room, Bar / Pub, Coffee Shop / Café, Dining Rooms, Sitting Rooms, TV Lounges.

What Else Do We Provide
Assisted Bathroom, Chiropodist, GP, Hairdressers, Lift, Minibus, Physiotherapy.

Our Garden
Communal Garden, Seating, Vegetable Plot.

How 'Smart' Are We?
Interactive Digital Touch Table.

Our Photos



  • Double rooms
  • Electric profiling bed
  • En-suite toilet
  • En-suite toilet plus bath/shower
  • Furnished rooms and own furniture welcomed
  • Nurse call system
  • Pets allowed
  • Room with garden views
  • Secure access to building
  • Smoke detectors
  • Thermostatic radiators

About Our Rooms
Number Of Rooms 80

Type Of Room
Double Room, Single Room.

Room Features
Furnished, Garden View, Step Free Access, Unfurnished.

Room Facilities
Alarm, Secure Access.

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We strive to make life at Barchester care homes as stimulating and fulfilling as possible and are committed to ensuring independence, dignity and choice in every aspect of daily life.

From carers and nurses to activities co-ordinators and chefs, our compassionate staff are all trained to use a person-centred approach and spend time getting to know every individual in order to learn what they like and what is important to them.

Latimer Court provides person-centred care in our four communities: Avalon, Grosvenor, Beaufort and Woodbury. We provide care and support for people living with dementia, and who require nursing and residential care. We understand that each resident has individual requirements that we need to tailor our care to, so our services are designed to provide the very best for each of them, based on their personal requirements, and to help them maintain as much independence as possible.

Our Team
Ruth Abbs
Ruth Abbs
Deputy Manager

Joined April 2010

I joined the team at Barchester in April 2010 and bring a wealth of previous care home experience. I’m passionate about all aspects of care, particularly dementia care having worked in the community with people living with dementia for 6 years before, during and after university.

In 2010, I graduated from the University of Worcester with BSc Hons in Mental Health Nursing going on to further my education and learning at the Universities of Bradford and Surrey obtaining certification for ‘Training Staff in Person-Centered-Care’ and ‘Culture change within care homes’.

I’m a qualified first aider in Mental Health and an advocate for continued staff wellbeing; my door is always open for a chat.

Donna Tustin
Donna Tustin
Senior Nurse

Joined 1999

I joined the Barchester family in 1999 after qualifying as a Registered Mental Health Nurse, and began working at Latimer Court in February 2018. During my time at Barchester, I have grown both professionally and personally, and have enhanced my knowledge exponentially.

I deliver clinical care to residents at Latimer and mentor the student nurses from the University of Worcester. I always endeavour to provide to highest standard of care to those I support in my role.

Maddison Fowler
Maddison Fowler
Activities Coordinator

Joined 2018

My name is Maddie and I am an activity co-ordinator at Latimer Court. I joined Latimer Court in 2018 as a weekend receptionist and have recently started the activity role.

I enjoy providing a range of activities for the residents each day, including trips out into the community. I enjoy discussions with the residents to find out what activities they would like.

They especially enjoy visits by children from the local school, gentleman’s club and using our new magic table.

Paula Tufescue
Paula Tufescue

I qualified as an RGN in Romania before moving to the UK. I became qualified to practice as a Nurse in England in 2016 and I have always had a passion for my work. Since joining Latimer Court, I have been able to support residents with their nursing requirements, with a focus on person-centred care.

Richard Kelly
Richard Kelly
Maintenance Manager

Joined 2013

I have been based at Latimer Court from when the home first opened in 2013. I am a qualified electrician and this has been invaluable. My role is to ensure that the home is a safe and well-maintained environment for all. I love being able to help in anyway that I can, from repairing a resident's TV to taking them out for the day as the mini bus driver.

Nigel Couchman
Nigel Couchman
Gardener/Maintenance Worker

Joined April 2016

I have worked at Latimer Court since April 2016. I look after the garden and make sure that it is well-tended to, so that residents can enjoy it. I also tend to the strawberry and raspberry bushes, as well as the vegetable patch that our ladies and gents planted.

Tracy Loucas
Tracy Loucas
Senior Carer

Joined 2015

I joined Latimer Court as a Senior Carer in 2015. I truly love caring for the residents I support; the smile on their faces makes my day.

In my spare time, I love spending time with my family. I have a passion for many forms of needlecraft.

Dawn Goodyear
Dawn Goodyear
Head Housekeeper

Joined 2014

I joined Latimer Court in 2014 as a Housekeeper before being promoted to Head Housekeeper in October 2017. I lead the housekeeping and laundry teams, ensuring that all areas of Latimer Court are clean, tidy and well-presented. 

The Importance Of Meal Times

Food and Nutrition at Latimer Court

It is the Head Chef's role to provide and maintain high standards of food and service to those we support. As a team, it is our duty to provide residents with everything they need, which includes meeting all of their dietary requirements, as well providing a well-balanced and varied menu. We achieve this by having all of our produce delivered fresh from local suppliers, and cooking and baking everything ourselves to ensure that residents receive the best quality homemade meals and service to match. Please see below for a flavour of everything we offer.

Dietary requirements

For residents that have difficulties in swallowing we modify the menu of the day so that is it a soft, palatable dish. To support our chefs in producing these dishes, our hospitality and Chef Academy organises theory and practical workshops. Working in partnership with Nutricia, our practical workshops involve all chefs and deputy managers learning about dysphagia and producing these modified menus. The chefs work with the chef trainer to prepare fork mashable and thick puree meals to the correct consistency, taste and presentation. The deputy managers can then ensure all modified menus served are presented correctly for our residents.

Attracting top chefs

Our chefs are recruited on the basis of an interview with the regional hospitality support team and the manager for the home. Selection also involves a practical element where potential cooks are asked to cook for and meet a panel of people living in the home. Chefs take their job extremely seriously and our annual Chef competition sees our chefs battle it out in regional heats and then at a national final for the accolade of 'Barchester's Chef of the Year'.

We Serve Food At
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch.

Dietary Options
Diabetic, Pureed, Vegan, Vegetarian.

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Activities Are So Important

Here at Latimer Court, we have a varied social programme that includes themed events once a month, painting classes, day trips out, exercise classes and arts & crafts, to name but a few. We strive to tailor our activities to suit everyone's needs, and update our notice boards weekly so that all families and visitors can see what their loved ones have been up to. Our aim is to make sure that those we support can enjoy a happy and fulfilled stay with us. You can take a look at some of our regular activities by clicking here.

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Regular Events - Latimer.pdf EXAMPLE Christmas Activities.pdf

Activities At Home
Animal Petting, Birthday Celebrations, Board Games, Card Games, Crafts, Gardening, Pet Therapy, Themed Events, Visiting Entertainment.

Activities Outside Our Home
Garden Centre, Local Tourist Attractions.
Can You Bring Your Pet

Darwin Avenue

Regulator: CQC

Category Rating
Overall Good
Safe Good
Well Led Good
Caring Good
Responsive Good
Effective Good
Read More https://api.cqc.org.uk/public/v1/reports/08094946-62ba-4605-805f-1769356773df
Report Published 8th March 2019
Registration Date 18th February 2013
Bus Stop nearby, Car Park on-site.

Places of Worship
Anglican Church, Catholic Church, Methodist Church.

Nearby Services
Hospital, Park, Shops.

Frequently asked questions about Latimer Court

Latimer Court was given an overall rating of "Good" by the CQC in March 2019.
Latimer Court provides Nursing, Dementia and Respite care.
Latimer Court is owned by Barchester Healthcare.
No. Latimer Court does not offer Residential care.
Yes. Latimer Court does offer Respite care.
Yes. Latimer Court does provide care for people with Dementia.
Latimer Court comes under Worcestershire.
Adam Toomer-Smith is the manager of Latimer Court.

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