About us

Dr French Memorial Home was opened in 1947 by the widow of Dr French in memory of their only son, Robert, who died at the age of 18 in the First World War.

The Home is a non-profit making charity run by a voluntary committee of trustee together with a full permanent paid staff.

Dr French Memorial Home is situated in the centre of North Finchley, about 150 yards from the shops, bus terminal and Arts Depot and 3⁄4 mile from Woodside Park and West Finchley stations (Northern Line).

Our mission is to provide the best service, care, and safety for each resident

Although most elderly people prefer to remain in the privacy and comfort of their own home, there comes a time when some seniors require a facility to provide dedicated and loving round the clock care.

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Introducing the Team

“Dear Marilyn, I am writing to thank you and all the staff at Dr French Memorial Home for the care given and compassion shown to Richard during the two years he was with you ……”

Richard’s wife, 2018

The Home is run under the direct supervision and management of Marilyn Appiah, our Registered Manager, who is responsible to the management committee. Marilyn has many years’ experience of caring for the elderly.

Along with her team of dedicated staff she maintains the philosophy of providing a homely atmosphere with the highest possible standard of care within a warm friendly and dignified environment.

Qualified staff members are on duty 24 hours a day. Staff training is an essential part of our exceptional care policy and through ongoing training we ensure that all staff provide the best possible care and attention to each individual resident’s personal needs.

Members of staff are continually receiving training to upgrade and improve and add to their skills and knowledge. Training is given an extremely high priority and Dr French regularly holds training on site as well attending external specialised skill enhancing training, seminars and workshops.

Procedures and policies are carefully monitored by Dr French management and staff members are familiarised with all changes.

Picture: At our 2015 summer party,13 Staff members were presented with Awards by Mike Freer, our MP, for their long term service, varying from 10 – 23 years.


Jane and I thank everyone at the Home for looking after Sylvia so well and making her feel at home. It must have been difficult to hear constantly ask where I was and repeating her old phone number over and over again, You were all very patient with Sylvia and I was most impressed by how you handled her, especially the transfer from home to Home. You always kept her looking clean and tidy and a special mention of how nice her hair always looked. We feel very lucky to be able to place Sylvia with you – all thanks to Agnes T….’s recommendation.

Once again, many thanks and best wishes.

Victor G

One of the most comforting aspects of Dr. French for our family was always seeing the same staff at the home. Many have worked there for a great number of years and always welcomed us with warmth. While my mother lived there for the last eight years of her life, she was treated with kindness, dignity and professionalism. Not being close by was always a concern, but Dr. French Home provided peace of mind. The small intimate facility is clean and the food good quality. They provide activities, music, poetry and have special guests to entertain the residents and trips out for those who are able. We will miss their smiling faces but know that Mum's sunset years were in a homely and caring environment where she always appeared to be happy.


My husband has been in the Dr French care home for 10 months. The atmosphere is calm and friendly. Staff are friendly and supportive although stretched at some times. Surroundings are clean and homely and the lovely garden is a bonus. It does not smell! My concerns are taken seriously and my husband is treated with respect. Activities do take place for those able to participate but more one to one stimulation would be welcome. Good food is a strong point. I am pleased to have found this care home.

Lesley K