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88a Eastgate
Fleet, Holbeach
PE12 8ND


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Profile Strength
Excellent 96%
Care Type Care Home
Care Category Respite | Residential
Availability Yes
Weekly Prices From £784.00
Regulator's Rating Good
Meet The Manager

Rachael Dunn is Registered Manager, pending registration at Capricorn Cottage.

Over the past 13 years of working in Health and Social Care, I have worked with adults with learning disabilities in a variety of environments, ranging from community-based services and one to one packages of care.

I joined Capricorn Cottage’s team in 2019 and have progressed through a number of different management roles, until recently being promoted to the position of the Registered Manager.

I enjoy working with people and making a difference, ensuring to reflect our Core Principles: Respect, Dignity, and Independence.

My philosophy is to drive forward a person-centred approach, embedding an ethos that puts the person we support at the centre of all decisions made, thus enabling people we support to have greater choice, control, and autonomy over their lives.

Rachael Dunn

Capricorn Cottage comprises 34 bedrooms, including 17 en-suites rooms, for people with Learning Disabilities, located in the beautiful countryside on the outskirts of Fleet in Lincolnshire.


We strive to bring the highest standard of care to enhance the quality of people’s lives. We are committed to delivering person-centred, flexible support that promotes choice, dignity, respect and control.

Our ‘round the clock’ team consist of support and senior support staff, housekeepers, laundry assistant, activity, catering and maintenance staff.

​We are conscious that all individuals regardless of their degree of ability have the same value and rights as everyone else and we promote independence whenever possible.


We offer a unique respite service within the area, as we are not a traditional respite service provider. We work with people with a wide range of needs from a variety of different backgrounds. Being responsive to finding innovative support, we provide care solutions specifically tailored to the individual.

The team are committed to working with people in a person-centred approach to enhance their quality of life while finding opportunities for people to maintain and develop new skills, based solely on how they choose to live their lives.

We are not a ‘one size fits all’ respite service, working proactively with people. We can adapt and change the support required at every stage of a person’s stay with us.


We can provide bespoke support for people with complex needs, learning disabilities, and those who have a range of additional needs, including mental health and behaviour that is seen as challenging.

We offer accommodation across different service types, these being 'Rose Cottage', 'The Squirrels' and individual accommodation to meet people's needs.

Together we create a personalised support plan focusing on your interests and skills.

Care Options We Can Provide
Support For Companionship, Complex Care, Daily Respite Care, End of Life, Independent Living, Learning Disability (ALD), Mental Healthcare, Palliative, Personal care.
Disability Support Bed Bound, Hearing Impairment, Physical Disability, Physically Frail, Requires Hoist , Speech Impairment, Visual Impairment, Walking Frame, Wheel Chair Bound.
Medication By Mouth.
Type Of Dementia Mild Dementia, Moderate Dementia.
Dementia Behaviour Agitation / Restlessness, Challenging Behaviour, Disrupted Sleep Patterns, Mild Forgetfulness, Wandering .
Dementia Specialisms Alzheimer's, Vascular Dementia.
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

All staff complete a lateral flow test before coming to work every day, and also undertake a PCR test weekly.  After several days off or a holiday all staff undertake a PCR test before coming back to work.

We offer virtual visits via Skype and Facetime, as well as Zoom and other media formats for families to see their relatives.

Infection Control Initiatives in place
safe-tick Infection Control Training Our staff are trained to use measures which prevent and control infections.
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.
Safe Visiting Space
safe-tick We have a safe visiting space
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)

The Care Organisation has not indicated availability

Mobile Phone Network Coverage (mobile “signal”)

The Care Organisation has not indicated availability

Telephone for external calling

The Care Organisation has not indicated availability

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Our Building and Facilities

We are situated in pleasant gardens, surrounded by tranquil countryside, with lovely views across the landscape. There are walks & raised garden beds to join in tending if wished.

We have regular meetings for People We Support and Family to give opportunity for you (and your family) to bring forward any ideas for the environment, food, activities and other things that are important to you, plus any suggestions or concerns.

We have Wi-Fi throughout the home, a telephone for Family and friends to call, but if you prefer private phone, Wi-Fi and sky tv please let us know and these will be billed directly. Laundry will be washed and ironed but please bring them clearly labelled, we can arrange labelling which incurs a small charge.

You can use The Hive throughout the day - whenever you wish -to have a chat or hold a review, somewhere different to take your family or when you just want to enjoy the garden and have some peace and quiet.

Is Our Home Purpose Built

How Many Floors We Have

Who Owns Our Building

Communal Rooms
Activities Room, Dining Rooms, Sitting Rooms, TV Lounges.

What Else Do We Provide
Chiropodist, Dentist, GP, Hairdressers, Minibus, Optician, Physiotherapy.

Our Garden
Communal Garden, Communal Patio, Scenic Views, Seating, Secure Garden, Summer House, Wheelchair Friendly Access.

How 'Smart' Are We?
Individual Heating Controls, Reduce Plastic Use.

Capricorn Cottage - Overarching Leaflet .pdf

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Our bedrooms have call points, and washing & ensuite options.

We encourage you to bring any important personal items and but can offer a fully furnished option. We provide assistive technology such as pressure mats & alert sensors. For privacy and security, bedrooms have lockable facilities and keys available.

About Our Rooms
Number Of Rooms 34
Number Of Ensuite Rooms 17

Type Of Room
Single Room.

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

Room Facilities
Alarm, Catch up TV, Freeview TV, Internet Access, Sky/Cable TV, Telephone Point, Wifi.

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Prior to your admission, a comprehensive assessment will be undertaken. 

This assessment will form the basis of your care plan which sets out your needs and how they will be met at Capricorn Cottage. You will be fully involved in this process and the plan will set out your individual preferences and the decisions that you have made about how you would like to be cared for. You will also be asked to complete a My Story which looks at what you’ve enjoyed in the past and the things that are important to you today.

Elements of your care plan will be available in your room and we would encourage you and your family to read it and let us know if we need to make some changes to it.

Your care plan will be reviewed with you monthly or more often if your needs change.

Doctors from local practices visit Capricorn Cottage. Staff will liaise with the GP of your choice along with other health professionals such as dieticians, dentists and physiotherapists to provide good quality health care.

Regular visits are undertaken in the home by chiropodists, opticians and hairdressers. If you would like to make an appointment please ask the senior member of staff on duty. Alternatively, staff will make the appointment on your behalf when needed. There will be a small charge for hairdressing appointments.

We can look after all or part of your medication for you. If you wish to retain control of your medication this will be discussed with you and will form part of your care plan.

You will have a Key Worker who will support you to make sure that you have all you need in terms of toiletries and clothing, to remember special occasions and help you to personalise your room.

We work hard to make sure that we employ staff with the right qualities.

You can be involved in the interview process. If interviewing is something that you would be interested in taking part in, please let us know.

All new staff receive induction and training which is relevant to their role. If they are new to care, they are supported to complete the Care Certificate. If they have experience in care, we still expect them to complete some aspects of the care Certificate. We make sure that staff know what our expectations are and we are fully committed to training and supporting staff to develop and access additional qualifications.

We have a full set of policies and procedures that staff adhere to.

The home is staffed on a 24-hour basis and staffing levels are regularly reviewed to ensure that they continue to meet your needs.

The manager undertakes many audits of the care and the environment and we may seek your views as part of this audit.

Regular site inspections are undertaken by Spyros Alexopoulos to ensure that the care being delivered is of a high standard and that the environment continues to be maintained and improved. During these inspections, they observe the care practices and speak to people about what it is like to live at Capricorn Cottage. In addition, the manager submits a monthly report to them.

At regular intervals, we send out surveys to people living in Capricorn Cottage as well as family members and visiting professionals. We ask them what they think of the service that is provided and we act on any suggestions to improve the service.

People we support and family meetings are held quarterly and we will let you and your family know when the next one will be held. There will be an opportunity for you to let us know what you think and put forward any suggestions for future changes.

Lincolnshire County Council also make regular monitoring visits to the home to make
sure that we are maintaining the required standards.

Our Team
Rachael Dunn
Rachael Dunn
Registered Manager, pending registration

Over the past 13 years of working in Health and Social Care, I have worked with adults with learning disabilities in a variety of environments, ranging from community-based services and one to one packages of care.

I joined Capricorn Cottage’s team in 2019 and have progressed through a number of different management roles, until recently being promoted to the position of the Registered Manager.

I enjoy working with people and making a difference, ensuring to reflect our Core Principles: Respect, Dignity, and Independence.

My philosophy is to drive forward a person-centred approach, embedding an ethos that puts the person we support at the centre of all decisions made, thus enabling people we support to have greater choice, control, and autonomy over their lives.

Sarah Wells
Sarah Wells
Operations Manager

I have worked in Adult Social Care for over 30 years. I spent over 20 years within a Local Authority, and the past 10 years in the private sector, mainly with adults with a learning disability, complex needs, Autism, and behaviour that can be seen as challenging. 

I am a qualified Social Worker, and have undertaken a number of different roles such as Registered Manager, Director, Operational Manager, Deputy Head of Residential Services and Area Manager.

Ashlynn Crowson
Ashlynn Crowson
Team Leader

I have worked in Health and Social Care for the past 7 years. My career began in social care, working with the elderly and focusing on dementia care.

In 2021 I made the transition from elderly care to working in Capricorn Cottage, supporting adults with a learning disability, Autism, and behaviour that can be seen as challenging.

My ethos and passions are very much centred around Valuing People.

Poppie Woolley
Poppie Woolley
Team Leader

I have worked in Health and Social Care for just under 10 years. I have worked within residential settings and domiciliary care. I have 8 experiences within elderly and dementia care. 

I joined Pearl Healthcare in 2020 working with people with a learning disability, complex needs, autism and behaviour that can be seen as challenging. 

I strive to ensure that every person is at the center of all care and support and empowered to take control of all aspects of their lives.

Gill Morgan
Gill Morgan
Induction Leader and Trainer

I have worked in Education, Children Services, and Care for 25 years, working in a wide range of services, including supporting children and their families, young people, and people with a learning disability.

I ensure every member of the team receives a detailed and in-depth induction and completes all mandatory and relevant training for their role.

I am committed to ensuring people we support are only supported by a highly skilled and dedicated workforce.

Chris Palmer
Chris Palmer

I have worked in Administration for over 20 years, working in a wide range of services, until joining Capricorn Cottage’s team in early 2021.

I have many responsibilities to ensure a smooth day-to-day running of the service, including auditing the finances of the people we support, and facilitating a robust recruitment process.

I am committed to ensuring the smooth running of the service, and always make time in my busy day to talk to people we support.

Weekly Fees Start From Fee
Residential Fees From / Price Per Week £784.00
Respite Fees From / Price Per Week £784.00

Funding Types
Local Authority Lincolnshire
Region East Midlands
We Accept Self-Funding Clients Yes
We Accept Local Authority Funding Yes
We Accept NHS Continuing Healthcare 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 Gluten-free Pink tick icon Halal Pink tick icon Kosher Pink tick icon Pureed Pink tick icon Vegan Pink tick icon Vegetarian
Dining Locations Pink tick icon Bedroom Dining Pink tick icon Restaurant
Dining Styles Pink tick icon A la Carte Pink tick icon Hot Trolley Pink tick icon Room Service
Hospitality Pink tick icon Guests are welcome for dinner (Covid permitting)
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The preparation, nutritional value and presentation of food.

Pink tick icon Attractive drinks and adaptive cups/glasses are available and accessible where needed.

Pink tick icon Individual dietary needs are person centred.

Pink tick icon Meals reflect the nutritional needs of the residents.

Pink tick icon Our menu is balanced.

Pink tick icon Snacks are provided for residents that require texture-modified food.

Pink tick icon Sweet and savoury foods are provided between meals (this does not just include cakes and biscuits).

Pink tick icon A la Carte

Pink tick icon Hot Trolley

Pink tick icon Room Service

A critical component for good health.

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Pink tick icon 5 Star Rated by UK Food Standards.

Pink tick icon We are following best practice including NICE guidelines as a standard.

Pink tick icon We are conducting internal and/or 3rd party food safety audits.

Pink tick icon We have allergen management policies in place.

A freedom to eat the food you want, when you want it.

Pink tick icon Families are invited for meals [Covid permitting].

Pink tick icon Residents dining in their own room have the same food options as elsewhere.

Pink tick icon Residents dining in their own room have their food presented to same standard as elsewhere.

Pink tick icon Residents have access to Dining Room.

Pink tick icon Residents have the option of dining in their own room.

Pink tick icon Staff also dine themselves with the residents they support.

Pink tick icon Staff sit with the residents they support when they dine.

Pink tick icon Residents can order food not on the menu, or have access to an ‘evergreen menu’.

Pink tick icon Residents have access to a flexible meal service beyond defined times.

Pink tick icon More than one option is available at mealtimes for all residents, including those with special and theraputic diets.

Pink tick icon Residents with dementia are shown food or visual menus to help them decide.

Pink tick icon There is a weekly menu.

Pink tick icon We offer catering for special events.

Pink tick icon Residents are involved in the creation of the menu.

Pink tick icon The best interest choices are made for residents unable to make their own choices.

Understanding the wants and requirements of every individual be it cultural, religious or dietary.

Pink tick icon Halal food can be served.

Pink tick icon Kosher food can be served.

Pink tick icon Gluten-free food can be served.

Pink tick icon Vegan food can be served.

Pink tick icon Vegetarian food can be served.

Pink tick icon We can support people with Diabetes.

Delivering a respectful and quality service.

Pink tick icon Residents are given appropriate and dignified crockery / glassware and cutlery.

Pink tick icon Staff are hospitality trained to present / serve meals.

Pink tick icon Tables are well laid.

Pink tick icon We have food theme days/nights.

Pink tick icon Staff understand and pre-empt potential meal-time behaviours which can impact nutritional intake.

Pink tick icon Staff always use appropriate and dignified language (e.g. it is an ‘apron’ not a ‘bib’).

Pink tick icon We promote an inclusive dining experience.

Pink tick icon There are no unnecessary disruptions during mealtimes.

Being environmentally and socially responsible and thoughtful.

Pink tick icon We correctly dispose of our waste.

Pink tick icon We have a waste management system.

Pink tick icon We monitor our food waste.

Pink tick icon Residents can get involved in the growing of food and/or ingredients on site.

Pink tick icon We grow some food and/or ingredients on site.

Pink tick icon We use locally sourced and locally grown or reared food.

Pink tick icon We use organically grown food.

Pink tick icon Our energy usage is well maintained.

Pink tick icon We are actively reducing food mileage.

Activities Are So Important

The home has dedicated staff who will talk to you about what you enjoy doing as it is important that our programmes incorporate your skills and areas of interest. We will get to know you and work with you to complete a My Story book which looks at your interests and any new skills that you wish to learn as well as your dreams and aspirations for the future.

We will work with you to promote your independence and involvement in the daily life of the home and the community. This is very important to all of us.

There is an on-going in-house programme of activities and a copy of this is attached. Please let us know if there are other things you would like to do.

We are also sourcing additional services like manicures and personal fitness programmes, we are working hard to establish a base of volunteers to support you with gardening and other activities that are important to you. The home has access to a minibus which can accommodate wheelchairs and regular outings are arranged.

Newspapers/Magazines can be provided and these are invoiced directly. The Reverend from Fleet Baptist Church visits us monthly. If you have specific religious needs, please let staff know so we can identify the local group and support you to attend or receive visits.

Quarterly newsletters are produced providing updates on the life in the home and any developments. You will be given the opportunity to contribute to this.

Our Photos

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Activities At Home
1 to 1 Activities, Animal Petting, Bingo, Birthday Celebrations, Board Games, Card Games, Cooking, Crafts, Crosswords, Dancing, Excursions, Exercise Class, Flower Arranging, Gardening, Knitting / Embroidery, Music Entertainment, Painting, Pet Therapy, Quiz Games, Reminiscence, Residents' Committee, Singing, Themed Events, Visiting Entertainment, Word Games.

Activities Outside Our Home
Cinema, Garden Centre, Local Tourist Attractions, Park, Pub, Shopping, Shopping Centre, Theatre.
Our Pets

We do not accept pets

Can You Bring Your Pet

88a Eastgate
Fleet, Holbeach
PE12 8ND

Regulator: CQC

Current Ratings
Overall Good
Safe Good
Well Led Good
Caring Good
Responsive Good
Effective Good
Inspection Reports
Last inspected 21st August 2020
Last rated 18th November 2020

18th November 2020

14th December 2018

30th June 2017

27th October 2016

25th February 2016

18th May 2015

20th February 2014

16th July 2012

Registration Date 17th May 2012
Service Provider Agemco Ltd, CT1 3DN
Bus Stop nearby, Car Park on-site.

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

Nearby Services
Bank, Chemist, Church, Garden Centre, Hospital, Library, Local Walks & Bike Rides, Park, Post Office, Pub, Restaurant, Shops, Surgery.

Frequently asked questions about Capricorn Cottage

Capricorn Cottage was given an overall rating of "Good" by the CQC in November 2020.
Capricorn Cottage provides Respite and Residential care.
Capricorn Cottage has 34 rooms.
Prices for Capricorn Cottage start from £784.00 per week.
Capricorn Cottage is owned by Pearl Healthcare Group.
Yes. Capricorn Cottage does offer Residential care.
Yes. Capricorn Cottage does offer Respite care.
No. Capricorn Cottage does not provide care for people with Dementia.
Capricorn Cottage comes under Lincolnshire.
Capricorn Cottage accepts Local Authority clients.
Capricorn Cottage accepts NHS Continuing Healthcare clients.
Rachael Dunn is the manager of Capricorn Cottage.

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