Choosing a care home
Live-in care in Sevenoaks isn’t for everyone. Your loved one may not live in a house that has an extra room to accomodate a home carer, or perhaps the idea of it just doesn’t quite take their fancy.
Even so, Elder would still like to help you make the ideal later life care choice for your loved one, who deserves the kind of care that is not only suitable, but something they would choose themselves.
That’s why we’ve summed up our top ten care home picks in Sevenoaks to ensure that not only do you make the right choice for your family, but you don’t get flustered trying to piece it all together either.
The top care homes in Sevenoaks
If you’re considering residential care for your parents or loved ones in Sevenoaks, the following eight options may be worth considering.
Eglantine Villa Care Home
Eglantine Lane, Horton Kirby, Dartford, DA4 9JL
A converted period property in a peaceful location and with landscaped grounds, Eglantine Villa Care Home provides permanent, palliative, respite and convalescent care to residents over the age of 65 across 51 single rooms, all with private en-suites.
Suitable for dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and stroke.
Weald Heights Care Home
Bourchier Close, Sevenoaks, TN13 1PD
A bright and spacious purpose-built care home, Weald Heights is perfectly situated for easy access to all amenities. There are 80 appointed single rooms, all boasting private wet room facilities, and the home offers a choice of activities and events.
Suitable for dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and stroke.
Alpine Care Home
10 Bradbourne Park Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 3LH
Located within easy reach of Knole Park, Alpine Care Home is an impressive period building within secluded grounds. Aimed at residents over the age of 60, Alpine Care Home offers 28 single rooms and 1 shared room, 3 of which have private facilities.
Suitable for dementia, Alzheimer’s and sensory impairment.
14/16 Park Road, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 0NX
Located in a residential area of Tunbridge Wells, within easy reach of local amenities, The Hollies has its own dedicated dementia care unit and caters for up to 31 residents across 17 single rooms and 7 shared rooms, with 2 rooms having private en-suite facilities.
Suitable for dementia, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, physical disability, sensory impairment, challenging behaviour, stroke and no medical intervention.
26 Roopers, Speldhurst, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 0QL
In a delightful semi-rural setting in the village of Speldhurst, Little Court provides permanent, respite, convalescent and palliative care to residents over the age of 65. There are 25 single rooms and 5 shared rooms, with 18 rooms boasting completely private en-suite facilities.
Suitable for Alzheimer’s, MS, Parkinson’s, physical disability, cancer care, orthopaedic, visual impairment and stroke.
Rivermere Care Home
64-70 Westerham Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 2PZ
A bright purpose-built care home, Rivermere provides permanent, convalescent, respite and palliative care to residents over the age of 55. With a separate dedicated dementia care unit, Rivermere Care Home has 80 single rooms and 11 shared rooms, with 80 rooms having private en-suites.
Suitable for dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, physical disability, stroke and sensory impairment.
Lansdowne Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 3XU
Boasting its own physiotherapy room and an on-site hairdressing salon, Gloucester House provides permanent, convalescent and respite care for the over 65s across 54 single rooms, 48 of which have their own private facilities.
Suitable for dementia, Alzheimer’s, physical disability and sensory impairment.
Quebec Square, Westerham, TN16 1TD
A converted Victorian mansion house set within private grounds, Westerham Place offers a varied programme of activities to residents over the age of 65 across 31 single rooms and one shared room, all with completely private en-suite facilities.
Suitable for dementia.
Realising your elderly loved one requires extra, full time care isn’t easy and when there seems to be so many options, it might be overwhelming to know where to start.
At Elder, we are always on hand to offer the best impartial advice, every day between 8 am and 8 pm to help you decide on the best care solution for the your loved one.
Get in touch with one of our expert care advisors today.
Frequently asked questions
How do I choose a dementia care home for my elderly parent?
When considering a dementia care home for your parent, you should first arrange for a local authority assessment of their needs. This will ascertain the type of care that is needed, and you may find that remaining in their own home with dedicated live-in care would be the best option for your elderly parent’s circumstances.
Where a care home is considered the best option, it’s important to spend plenty of time researching potential homes. Search for online reviews, talk to local healthcare personnel and visit potential residential homes in person to see how they are run.
Prepare a list of questions in advance. While visiting you should ask yourself: do the residents seem happy and well cared for? Is the home clean and tidy, with friendly and approachable staff? And will they accommodate a trial period, so that you can establish that it’s the best option?
How do I self-fund live-in care?
There are several options for self-funding live-in care in the home, so it’s important to consider them all carefully before coming to a decision.
Freeing money tied up in pensions, investments and savings can be a good option, but it’s also possible to free up money invested in your loved one’s home, either through selling it and downsizing or by freeing up some of all of the money invested in it through an equity release scheme.
You might like to consider a lifetime mortgage, or home reversion, which allows your loved one to carry on living in their own home for as long as they need to.
It’s important to seek out professional advice before going ahead, but you can find out more by reading our online guide on The True Cost of Care), and our Customer Care Advisors are available seven days a week to answer your questions.
Care homes: will my parent be free to make their own choices?
Life in a care home is tailored to meet the needs of all its residents, so although your loved one will be able to make certain choices, their day-to-day routine may not always be able to accommodate all their wishes.
The safety of all residents must be the priority for care homes, although the majority of residential homes will do their best to accommodate individual requests wherever possible.
With live-in elderly care, however, your parent is very much in control of their own choices, with a dedicated caregiver on hand at all times to aid them whenever, and wherever, help is needed.
So, if your loved one decides that they would like to go out to the shops on the spur of the moment, for example, then their caregiver can action that request immediately, without having to take into account any other care recipients’ needs.
Live-in care: what will the carer need?
If you are proceeding with live-in care, it’s important that your carer has access to a few basic amenities.
They will require a bedroom of their own, a television, and internet access in order for them to stay in contact with friends and family, while their are staying in your loved one’s home.
Live-in care allows carers to offer 24-hour care and support to people in vulnerable positions, while allowing them to remain in their own homes. Your loved one’s carer will also need privacy (for break times) and you will also need to ensure there is space for your carer to have meals with your loved one.
A Guide for Caregivers – Everything You Need to Know If your loved one needs