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Friarn House Residential Home

Bridgwater, Somerset

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About Us

Friarn House is situated close to the centre of Bridgwater in a historic building with private walled gardens to the rear.


This is a care home with a focus on providing the highest level of specialised dementia care to its people whilst maintaining a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Daily activities are vital to ensure that our residents remain stimulated and entertained with a programme
that caters for all levels of dementia.

Highly trained staff ensure residents’ needs and wishes are met and that they are treated with dignity and respect and encouraged to remain as independent as possible.

Our staff are specifically trained in dementia care, so they understand the needs of our residents and can support them accordingly with care and activities that:

  • Help your loved one remain safe
  • Helps everyone understand different behaviours and needs
  • Promotes and encourages involvement in stimulating and engaging activities
  • Builds confidence and encourages engagement
  • Builds self-esteem and physical strength

The accommodation is made up of 14 single and 1 double room and is centrally heated. Each room has a wash-hand basin and twelve have en-suite facilities. Residents are encouraged to bring their own furniture if they wish and to make their space their own.  All rooms have an emergency call system, attended by 24hr. waking staff.

Meals are ‘home-cooked’ and prepared in the kitchen - using fresh meat, vegetables, fruit and locally sourced produce whenever possible. The menu is varied, and individual preferences and special dietary needs can be catered for.

For more information or to arrange a visit please contact us.

Care Services Offered

Alan Farkas

Alan Farkas

Registered Manager

Employment commenced September 2003 -as Deputy manager

Became Registered Manager 2007 remained in post to date

Professional Qualifications: Completed 

NVQ Level 3 Health and Social Care 2006

NVQ Level 4 Health and Social Care 2010

Level 4 Leadership and Management Award 2010

My role: 

My role is both challenging and rewarding. I am extremely proud of my loyal and consistent staff team.

Because the staff team is so consistent, most of the staff have years of service, relationships are built up with the residents and their families.    

We are all like one big family, sharing the common goal to provide a safe and happy place for our residents to live. 

" We work in their home " they do not live in our workplace.

Friarn House is a lovely small care home, it provides a warm homely atmosphere, friendly,

Karla Handley

Karla Handley

Deputy Manager

Employment commenced with Westcare in 2010 as a Night Care Assistant (3years previous experience as a care assistant in a nursing home.)

Became Deputy Manager in 2015 remained in post to date. 

Professional Qualifications: Completed 

NVQ Level 2 Health and Social Care 2007

NVQ Level 3 Health and Social Care 2013

Diploma level 5 Leadership for Health and Social care - Adults 2016

After working in various larger care and nursing homes, I much prefer the small family-like atmosphere that Friarn House provides. Care is delivered on a much more personal level. Residents benefit from both an experienced and consistent staff team. It`s a team I`m proud to be part of.

Contact Us

35 Friarn Street
Bridgwater
Somerset
TA6 3LJ

01278 445115
friarnhouse@westcaresomerset.co.uk

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Testimonials

From the beginning, Alan and his team made Yvonne most welcome and helped us with regards to her settling in period. The home has a lovely atmosphere and the staff are all very caring and clearly know their residents very well. Yvonne always looks well cared for and her needs are catered for to a high standard. On visits, we are always given updates regarding Yvonne's health, activities and such like. Regular newsletters and pictures complement this and help put Bills mind at rest.
Alan and his staff are clearly passionate about their home and its residents and this comes across to us and is greatly reassuring.
We cannot thank them all enough for taking such good care of Yvonne.

DC - Relative
Friarn House Residential Home

My husband went there from the hospital and showed signs of improvement from the first day. He had more energy, was more alert and less confused.  He is very vulnerable emotionally and I was worried that he would feel lost and insecure away from home. To my great relief, he always looks very integrated and secure with every member of staff and the other residents. 

KW - Wife
Beech Tree House

The staff's cheerfulness and good humour is noteworthy in this difficult and often frustrating area of care.

AK - Daughter
Avalon Court Residential Home

Being a small home Beech Tree House has a family home feel to it - not at all like an institution. The lovely, mature garden is easily accessible from the house and is enclosed by an old stone wall so there is no risk of residents wandering off.

KW - Wife
Beech Tree House

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks for the care you are giving my mother-in-law.  We have heard nothing but the highest praise for all the carers and workers at Frairn House and this sets our hearts at ease.

DG - Daughter-in-Law
Friarn House Residential Home

Mission & Values

  • Empathetic
  • Motivated
  • Compassionate
  • Patient
  • Responsible
  • Gentle
  • Competent
  • Enabling
  • Caring
  • Kind
  • Reliable
  • Respectful
  • Flexible
  • Considerate
  • Knowledgeable
  • Skilled
  • Trustworthy
  • Sensitive
  • Caring
  • Calm
  • Honest
  • Trust
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