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Fornham House

Fornham St Martin, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 1SR

A calm, warm and happy home where everyone feels like family. Set in extensive grounds with views over the surrounding countryside.

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01284 596555

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01284 768327

Friendly and family orientated

Fornham House is a friendly, family orientated home providing residential, respite and care to people living with dementia. Situated in the picturesque village of Fornham St Martin, the staff operate an open, people-centred service. The staff and residents have true and trusting relationships – everyone in the home feels like family.

Service facilities

  • En-suite bedrooms
  • Gardens
  • Shared minibus
  • Wifi throughout home
  • Wheelchair access
  • Lift
  • Garden visiting pod
  • Specialist equipment available
  • Dietary requests met

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About Fornham House

Fornham House is well hidden and has many private areas on the grounds for privacy and quiet space. Residents can relax in the extensive gardens with seating areas surrounded by colourful flower beds and mature trees. The home has several lounges offering plenty of space for social activities, and there are patio and garden areas for summer and outdoor relaxation.

Staff adopt a compassionate and professional approach to their work and the home is run based on person-centred care. Staff treat everyone the same at Fornham House – whether you are a resident, visitor or family member you are part of the family. They work hard to promote as much choice and independence as possible.

Activities and entertainment

Daily activities and entertainment are a core part of our quality care at Fornham House. We pride ourselves on offering a diverse, enriching range of weekly activities and entertainment allowing residents to continue to relish in their favourite hobbies and pastimes or to try out something new entirely.

We involve residents in the planning of our weekly activities timetables and offer one-to-one bespoke and tailored opportunities as requested. We’re also passionate about keeping our homes and residents at the heart of the local community, working closely with community groups, schools and other community connections to keep residents involved in local activities.

Some of our regular activities include:

  • Singers
  • Reflexology
  • In-house games
  • Puzzles
  • Quizzes
  • Group activities
  • 1-1 activities
  • Local vicar visits

Dining is an essential part of the care package we provide to our residents, not only from a general health and wellbeing perspective, but we believe residents should be able to enjoy eating what they want, when they want.

The home has recently been given a 5-star rating for the quality of food and hygiene. Menus are on a 4 week rotating rota, and are changed seasonally. There are two chefs, who work hard to provide as much variety as possible, especially for those who have a modified diet.

Our catering team prides itself on producing food of the highest quality, using local suppliers to create fresh, homemade dishes each day.


Fornham House is situated in the picturesque village of Fornham St Martin, just a couple of miles from the centre of Bury St Edmunds. There are plenty of things to do in the surrounding area for residents and visitors to include a visit to The Woolpack local pub, St Martin’s Church and the beautiful Abbey Gardens.

Health and wellness

The health and wellness of our residents is very important and we work closely in partnership with local health and wellness professionals to ensure every resident is able to lead a full and enriched life. We welcome visiting professionals such as GPs, chiropodists, opticians and can arrange visits to other professionals if and when it may be required.


Our visiting pod in the garden, with its two entrance points, protective Perspex screens, intercom system and a nurse call button, allows us to safely facilitate visits from friends and relatives when our infection control procedures prevent us from welcoming visitors into the home itself.

Our accommodation

Arranged over two floors, our 88 bedrooms can be personalised to make them a real home-from-home.

The home has a new, purpose-built, 17-bed extension that is beautiful and spacious and offers safe, communal living at its best, with emphasis on individual care needs. Every room has a view and the corridors with high ceilings give accessibility from every area in the home, allowing residents to walk freely and safely.

All the bedrooms are provided ready-furnished with the essentials for instant comfort, and we happily encourage residents to bring their own treasured furnishings and belongings if they would like to do so.

Our vast gardens, bordered by flower beds and mature trees, offer an al fresco setting to enjoy anything from exercise to taking tea.

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      If you will be funding your stay privately, please click here to view our Resident Contract of Admission for Self-Funders.

      If a Local Authority may be funding your stay, please click here to view our Resident Terms and Conditions for a Local Authority Funded Stay.

      Your Local Authority might locate/suggest a care home that is/your Local Authority believes is suitable to meet your care and support needs, that is of a lower cost than our required weekly fee. In this circumstance the Local Authority is unlikely to agree to fully fund your stay if you choose to select our care home instead of the less expensive establishment it has sourced for/suggested to you. In this event, private ‘top-up’ payments will be necessary in order to address the shortfall between our weekly fee and the weekly fee funding available from/offered by your Local Authority.

      An additional top-up payment will almost certainly be required if you select, or we only have available, a non-standard room in the care home and your Local Authority is only prepared to pay for a standard room. If you select, or we only have available, a non-standard room in the care home, the additional cost for that non-standard room will have to be met by top-up payments.

      Owing to the fact that your financial means will have been assessed by your Local Authority, it is very likely that the Local Authority will require private top-up payments to be made by a third party from their own funds. Although the Guidance to the Care Act 2014 states that a Local Authority ought itself collect top-up payments, some require us to collect such payments on their behalf. Should the Local Authority require us to collect top-up payments, we would issue the third party who is to fund the top-up with a contractual agreement for their review and signature.

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