Moving in to Donisthorpe Hall

We understand that for some individuals moving into a Care Home can be a difficult and stressful time. Therefore here at Donisthorpe we do everything we can to make this move as smooth and easy as possible.

Your first point of contact will be our admissions team who will guide you through the application and admission process.

When you arrive at the Home you will be greeted by our friendly receptionists who will show you to your relevant unit where you will meet the care staff who will be on hand to provide assistance as and when required.

At Donisthorpe we strive to provide an environment where each resident is treated as an individual. Independence is encouraged as much as possible but help is always on hand when needed.


Home, and much more

At Donisthorpe Hall, our emphasis is always on encouraging our residents to live the most active and engaged life they can. We make sure we really understand the individuality of each person – their personality and temperament, their likes and dislikes – to see the whole person, not just their limitations. Then we support them in reaching the fullest and happiest life they can through a wide range of care home facilities, activities and support.




The Hub of the Home

Our unique reception

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what it is that makes our Reception an area that residents return to again and again. Maybe it’s the relaxing atmosphere, constant flow of friendly faces and the fabulous décor.

Comfy chairs and a view of the outdoors together with a great atmosphere make the reception the hub of the home and a space where residents can come to chat to friends, meet relatives or simply read and relax.

We are also fortunate to have a coffee shop open daily from 10am to 12pm and 2pm – 5pm where residents and visitors may get a drink and a selection of hot and cold snacks, see our delicious menu for details. Beverages are free for residents.

Within the coffee shop is an area well stocked with confectionery and toiletries where residents can purchase those little essentials.

Donisthorpe Hall Reception Refurbishment

Donisthorpe’s fabulous reception area

"Food Glorious Food!"

6 spotless dining rooms serving classical & traditional Jewish and British dishes. Crisp white tablecloths and excellent service make the dining experience at Donisthorpe a pleasure. Our traditional home cooked nutritious meals are freshly prepared by our team of experienced chefs in well-designed kitchens equipped to enable food preparation of the highest quality and are under the supervision of the Leeds Beth Din.

A varied menu is on offer with all the favourites: chicken soup and kneidlach, chopped liver, blintzes, shepherd’s pie, fish & chips to name but a few.

Residents are welcome to take their meals in the privacy of their own room should they wish.

Don’t fancy what’s on the menu? No problem, just speak to one of our chefs who will make every effort to accommodate you. We are able to cater for all dietary needs

Wish to celebrate a special occasion? No problem, we offer a private dining experience, just have a chat with our Chefs who will discuss your requirements with you.

Guests are always welcome to dine with the residents.

We have been awarded a 5 star hygiene rating.

Life to the full

With over 50 weekly activity sessions there is always something to do at Donisthorpe, from playing cards, arts & crafts, music both listening and participating, knitting, donkey visits, reminiscence, baking, IT classes, bingo, our team of activity co-ordinators will arrange it for you.

We have a minibus and so if you fancy a trip to the shops we have a shopping trip every Monday and every Thursday a trip to a place of interest. There are also weekly outings to the local park for morning coffee for those residents preferring a shorter outing.

Some of our residents enjoying time with one of our regular visitors - Joey the donkey

Some of our residents enjoying time with one of our regular visitors – Joey the donkey



With our team of volunteer drivers and helpers we have a great programme with  a day at the races and a trip to the seaside on the train particular highlights for this summer.

Keeping occupied and stimulated can improve quality of life for the person with dementia, we provide Activity Programmes for the Dementia areas which are specifically designed to encourage independence, social inclusion, communication and expression of feelings.
Music plays an important part in life at Donisthorpe. We have a weekly choir, Karaoke and Singing for the Brain sessions in addition to visiting musicians.

"A Room with a View"

One of our residents relaxing in her room

One of our residents relaxing in her room

Many of our rooms look out onto our serene landscaped gardens. Donisthorpe boasts 182 bright and spacious rooms which are all furnished to the highest standard.

We strive to make our residents as comfortable as possible, therefore in addition to standard features all rooms are equipped with a flat screen TV and a fridge for those special treats.

Photographs, pictures and those individual touches are very important here at Donisthorpe so we actively encourage residents to adorn their room with personal items and make their environment as homely as possible.

Spiritual life

We are a care home with a Orthodox Jewish ethos, under the Leeds Beth Din with an orthodox level of kashrut.

Donisthorpe has a beautiful synagogue at it’s centre where residents, their families and the local community are made welcome by the Chassidishe congregation for Shabbat and festival services. For more information on our synagogue please click here.

A kiddush is held every week after the Shabbat service which all residents are welcome to attend.

We celebrates all festivals in a traditional manner. We have 4 Seders on both first & second night of Pesach and the home has a beautiful succah for residents to visit for a L’chaim at Succoth.

All levels of observance are respected and supported.

Donisthorpe has strong links with the local community and participates in numerous communal events throughout the year.

The home welcomes residents of all faiths wishing to live in a Jewish environment.

Donisthorpe Hall Andrew Brown Sukkot Succhot

Our Chairman Andrew Brown celebrating Succoth in the Donisthorpe Hall Succah