Merlin Court Care Home

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Profile Strength
Very Good 87%
Care Type Care Home
Care Category Dementia | Respite | Residential
Availability Yes
Regulator's Rating Requires Improvement
Meet The Manager

Michael Berkley-Blezard is Home Manager at Merlin Court Care Home.

Merlin Court Care Home is a residential and dementia care home situated in Marlborough, just a five-minute walk from the centre of one of Wiltshire’s most historic market towns. It adjoins Marlborough Common and is only a two-minute drive from the A346 Swindon Road.

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Care Options We Can Provide
Support For Companionship, Personal care.
Disability Support Physical Disability, Physically Frail, Walking Frame.
Medication By Mouth.
Type Of Dementia Mild Dementia, Moderate Dementia.
Dementia Behaviour Agitation / Restlessness, Challenging Behaviour, Disrupted Sleep Patterns, Mild Forgetfulness, Violent Behaviour, Wandering .
Dementia Specialisms Alzheimer's.
Respite Care Yes

Autumna has invited care providers to evidence the infection control measures they are carrying out, above and beyond those laid out by the government, in order to keep residents, staff and visitors safe.

What we're doing to keep residents & visitors safe

Avery Healthcare has always made the health and safety of our residents and staff a priority, and the Covid-19 pandemic has required us to raise our exacting standards to even higher levels. That is why we are taking the innovative step to introduce a cleaning system into our care homes that is already proven to kill 99.9% of viruses, including MRSA, e-Coli, norovirus and the SARS virus (which is similar to Cov-2, which causes Covid-19).

Avery is now leading in the care sector with the testing of an established cleaning system that refreshes and sanitises a bedroom in less than an hour, with a larger capacity variant addressing communal areas. Keeping both areas clean in this way will be an effective method in how Avery care homes manage their environments, to keep them as virus and bacteria-free as possible.

All Avery homes are now equipped with Topaz Machines ready for when we can allow visiting into the homes. The system hosts two units, one larger which dispenses hand sanitiser to visitors upon arrival and exit; it also provides an important messaging display screen to advise visitors of the latest news, and the other, a smaller screen, which operates as a thermal checker so that we can support temperature checks of those entering the building. Yet another fantastic piece of technology that provides relatives with safer, more efficient visits with their loved ones.

As we’ve learned during this pandemic, we are all in this together. We want our residents, staff, and their respective families to know that when they are in an Avery care home, that it is one of the safest and cleanest places to be. We also want relatives to be confident that their loved ones are being cared for in the best possible way, and for anyone in the position of placing a loved one in to care, to have the peace of mind that an Avery home will be a clean and safe haven.

Infection Control Initiatives in place
safe-tick Air Filtration & Purification We are using air filtration and/or air purification devices within our care setting.
safe-tick Independent Assessments We have been independently assessed in our approach to infection control.
safe-tick Infection Control Training Our staff are trained to use measures which prevent and control infections.
safe-tick Infection Screening We are using technology to screen for infections & monitor symptoms.
safe-tick Regulatory Assessment We have been assessed by the care regulator in our approach to infection control.
safe-tick Sterilisation & Disinfection Devices We are using sterilisation and/or disinfection devices within our care setting.
safe-tick Virus Testing We are testing for viral infection when symptoms present within our care setting.
Connectivity for resident testing, monitoring & communications

Infection control and the safety of both residents and staff often requires quarantine measures and the isolation of care home residents. To test, monitor and allow residents to communicate with relatives, the prevalence of room-level connectivity within the home is becoming increasingly relevant.

Wireless Internet access (WiFi)

Yes, our care home has WiFi in all our resident’s rooms.

Mobile Phone Network Coverage (mobile “signal”)

Yes, our care home has mobile phone signal in all our resident’s rooms.

Telephone for external calling

Yes, our care home provides a telephone in all our resident’s rooms.

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Minimum Age

LGBTQ Welcome
Avery Healthcare Residency Agreement.pdf
Our Building and Facilities

Our retirement home is truly splendid and was recently refurbished, enjoys a quiet location next to Marlborough Common and is surrounded by a lovely landscaped garden. The entrance opens onto a spacious galleried reception and café area which is very swish and our latest addition, the cinema is a popular attraction.

How Many Floors We Have

Who Owns Our Building

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

What Else Do We Provide
Assisted Bathroom, Cinema, Hairdressers, Library, Lift, Minibus.

Our Garden
Communal Garden, Communal Patio, Seating, Secure Garden, Sensory Garden, Wheelchair Friendly Access.

Well Being Brochure.pdf

Our Photos


All our spacious bedrooms have en-suite walk-in shower rooms, wall-mounted TVs and plenty of room for photos and mementos, even small items of furniture, or a favourite bedspread perhaps.

About Our Rooms
Number Of Rooms 62
Number Of Ensuite Rooms 62

Type Of Room
Single Room.

Room Features

Room Facilities
Alarm, Freeview TV, Internet Access, Safe, Secure Access, Telephone Point, Wifi.

Our Photos

Many of the staff at our home have been loyal employees for quite a few years now, and this is reflected in the consistency of residential and dementia care offered. Our motivation is our residents’ well-being, celebrating their lives and enabling them to live life to the full.

Our team of dedicated carers and support staff work hard to ensure that everyone settles quickly into home life and keeps their brains and their bodies active. Our retirement home is supported by an array of local groups, including students from the nearby Marlborough College, who enjoy a weekly visit. There’s nothing like mixing up the generations to provoke conversation!

Our Team
Michael Berkley-Blezard
Michael Berkley-Blezard
Home Manager
Funding Types
Local Authority Wiltshire
Region South West
We Accept Self-Funding Clients Yes
We Accept Local Authority Funding Yes
We Accept NHS Continuing Healthcare Yes
We Accept Local Authority funding with a Third Party Top-Up Yes

Choice Dining Logo

Choice Dining is a food-focused accreditation designed to give care-seekers like yourself the ability to consider and compare the dining experience within different care settings.

To be awarded the Choice Dining badge, a care home will have committed to delivering exceptional dining experiences with a strong focus on preference, individuality, hygiene and the environment. You can explore the specifics of all participating homes in the tab below to learn more about the food on offer, how it is served and presented and what they’re doing to cater for your personal taste. For more information about Choice Dining please click here.

Styles of Food Pink tick icon Pureed Pink tick icon Vegan Pink tick icon Vegetarian
Our Menu Pink tick icon Avery Sample Menu.pdf
Our Photos
Activities Are So Important

Our residential home has established strong ties with local Wiltshire schools and associations who play a valuable role in ensuring residents remain part of the wider community. Students and nursery children come every week to read and play board games with the residents.

Activities are scheduled every day of the week by a team of dedicated Activity Co-ordinators who arrange for entertainers and local charities to come in. You can choose to do as much or as little as you like, and if there is something that particularly interests you we will do our best to support it. Whether it’s music, crafting, dancing, walking or just trips to a local Marlborough pub, there isn’t much we don’t do! See for yourself:

  • Cookery and Art courses
  • Reading and Scrabble games
  • Keep Fit
  • Swimming for slimming
  • Maths tests (What!)
  • Playing boules
  • Holy Communion every Sunday
  • Songs of Praise services for all denominations

We have a dedicated dementia Lounge where reminiscence sessions are popular, as are the singalongs and shared moments of reflection. We are no strangers to the internet and use it as memory resource, and also for Skyping, which along with our Facebook pages are excellent means for keeping lines of communication going. Wi-Fi is available throughout the home and free for residents and guests alike. When not on our screens, or engaged in activities inside or in the garden, we can found going out on trips to the lovely Wiltshire countryside in our minibus.

Our Photos

Avery Sample Well-Being Activities Calendar.pdf

Activities At Home
Birthday Celebrations, Board Games, Card Games, Cooking, Crafts, Exercise Class, Music Entertainment, Quiz Games, Religious Services, Singing, Themed Events, Visiting Entertainment, Word Games.

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

The Common

Regulator: CQC

Current Ratings
Overall Requires Improvement
Safe Good
Well Led Requires Improvement
Caring Good
Responsive Good
Effective Requires Improvement
Inspection Reports
Last inspected 3rd March 2021
Last rated 19th July 2019

7th April 2021

11th November 2020

19th July 2019

20th October 2016

27th August 2015

Registration Date 13th November 2014
Service Provider Avery Homes (Nelson) Limited, NN4 9BS
Bus Stop nearby, Car Park on-site.

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

Nearby Services
Park, Pub, Restaurant, Shops.
Our Awards
HealthInvestor Residential Care Provider of The Year 2020 HealthInvestor Residential Care Provider of The Year 2020

Frequently asked questions about Merlin Court Care Home

Merlin Court Care Home was given an overall rating of "Requires Improvement" by the CQC in July 2019.
Merlin Court Care Home provides Dementia, Respite and Residential care.
Merlin Court Care Home has 62 rooms.
Merlin Court Care Home is owned by Avery.
Yes. Merlin Court Care Home does offer Residential care.
Yes. Merlin Court Care Home does offer Respite care.
Yes. Merlin Court Care Home does provide care for people with Dementia.
Merlin Court Care Home comes under Wiltshire.
Merlin Court Care Home accepts Local Authority clients.
Merlin Court Care Home accepts NHS Continuing Healthcare clients.
Michael Berkley-Blezard is the manager of Merlin Court Care Home.

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