Dementia Care in Kent

Hazelwood Care Home is located in the village of Longfield which is set within the Borough of Dartford, and the picturesque Kent countryside.

Here at our care home in Longfield, we are thrilled to be able to provide dementia care in a dedicated unit. Our dementia care team has all undergone thorough, specialised training in dealing with all aspects and severity levels of dementia.

We recognise that no two people with dementia are alike and that although some may only require modest assistance in managing their everyday lives, others may require much more; our personalised care reflects the needs of each individual.

Dementia Care at Hazelwood Care Home

We provide specialist dementia care in our dedicated, bespoke Poppy Unit, which is fully equipped and designed to enable us to provide the highest quality care to those living with dementia. We also have a sensory room that we use as part of our dementia care, which is fitted with a variety of sensory stimulants that help those with dementia in improving their mood, behavio,ur, and attention to their surroundings. At our care home, residents can feel relaxed and at home in a purpose-built environment that supports them in every aspect of their life.

We have a specialist dementia care team who receive regular training and deliver the most up-to-date methods in dementia care. Through a combination of high-quality care, dementia-friendly activities, and recognised therapies, we can support people with dementia and their families in leading rich and fulfilling lives.

At Hazelwood Care Home, we take a holistic approach to care which includes supporting our residents with both their physical health and mental health. We work hard to ensure each resident enjoys the little things in life, helping them to get the most out of every day and maintaining their dignity and independence whilst receiving the support they need.

Unrivalled Care Each & Every Day

We are proud to offer exemplary standards of Dementia Care, Nursing Care, Residential Care, Respite Care, and Palliative Care. With a wide range of exceptional facilities, we are able to provide dementia care with nursing needs on the first floor, situated within our dedicated Poppy Unit as well as general nursing care for elderly individuals on the ground floor in the Primrose Unit. Our expert staff takes pride in creating a loving and supportive atmosphere where everyone can live a full, meaningful, and enjoyable life. From experiencing the initial symptoms of dementia and diagnosis, to needing specialist dementia care, our care services are available at all stages. 

 

Residential Care

Residential care allows individuals to be able to enjoy living in a community while receiving respectful and expert care that is entirely tailored to their needs. Hazelwood Care Home provides varying levels of medical and wellbeing care to all while encouraging independence for those residents who might find it difficult to manage a household, fulfill personal care, or look after themselves at home. This care type allows residents to treat their home as their own and go about their daily lives as they usually would, taking advantage of the various amenities available on-site.

Nursing Care

Within our home, we are also able to provide nursing care in our dedicated Primrose Unit. Our team is highly skilled and qualified to provide exceptional nursing care. Our residents have access to nursing care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Those with more complex needs, such as a physical disability, a long-term illness, or end-of-life care, can be cared for by our compassionate and attentive team. We take pleasure in treating each resident with the highest respect and care by going above and beyond to ensure that all residents, as well as their loved ones, are satisfied with the care they receive.

Respite Care

We are also able to offer respite care; this service allows residents to rest and heal while also allowing caregivers and family members time to unwind and shut off for a while. Our kind and knowledgeable staff are trained to recognise and respond to a wide range of health concerns, allowing them to provide personalised treatment around-the-clock. Many of our residents after experiencing respite care feel the benefits so much that they choose to move in with us permanently.

Life In and Around our Care Home in Kent

We are proud of our all-inclusive, luxury home where every resident has equal access to all of Hazelwood’s amenities, activities, and services. Hazelwood Care Home in Kent has something for everyone, whether it’s a library stocked with books, afternoon tea on the garden patio, or a treatment in our beauty salon.

Our activity coordinators go above and beyond to ensure residents make the most of our home as well as the surrounding area. It is key for us to collaborate with dementia residents and their loved ones to identify activities and therapies that are appropriate for their specific needs and to help them thrive; we recognise the benefits of living a fulfilled lifestyle for those living with a life-altering illness.

 

Kent

Kent is described as the Garden of England, with breathtaking countryside, stunning coastline, world-famous attractions, and delicious food and drink. It’s a wonderful part of England that we recommend residents visit. 

There can be no doubt that the White Cliffs of Dover are one of this country’s most spectacular natural features. Here, visitors can appreciate the beauty and enjoy special appeal through the seasons by taking one of the dramatic cliff-top walks offering unrivalled views of the busy English Channel and the French coast. The National Trust describes this must-see tourist spot as having “stunning views, a serene walk, a wealth of wildlife, an abundance of history and, most importantly, two tea rooms offering delicious treats.”

Steps have been taken in recent years to make Kent more dementia-friendly. Age Space is a great directory where local dementia-friendly walks, cafés, church services, and exercise groups can be found. From cinema screenings in Sevenoaks to singing classes in Deal, these are just a couple of the fantastic local initiatives that are making life easier for people affected by dementia in Kent.

London

Reachable in one hour by car and 45 minutes by train, London is the perfect destination for our residents and their loved ones who enjoy fast-paced life and soaking up cultural adventures. London Bus Tours provide the perfect introduction to the city. Travelling on an open bus can be nostalgic as well as being an excellent way to see many of the city’s most popular attractions.

For history lovers, we recommend a trip to The Churchill War Rooms where Churchill’s secret underground war rooms can be seen explored. With a Trip Advisor score of 4.5, it’s a great way to spend an afternoon. Stopping off at Regents Park and visiting London Zoo is also a must. From animal adventures to tropical havens, there’s something for everyone, and with the Zoo providing equal opportunity for all, this tourist spot is accessible to everyone. 

London is striving to become a dementia-friendly city, with Light Up London guiding a future for a safer and more inclusive city. The Museum of London offers programmes specifically designed for those living with dementia and their companion and here there is a range of onsite and outreach activities that positively support dementia care.

Royal Tunbridge Wells

Accessible by car in approximately one hour from Hazelwood Care Home, Royal Tunbridge Wells is a beautiful part of Kent. The first recommendation we have is to visit Scotney Castle; this fairytale-esque castle with a turreted Elizabethan manor house and crumbling fourteenth-century moated castle, enveloped in wisteria and roses is suitable for all ages. 

There’s no better way to soak up the grandeur of the town’s Georgian heyday than exploring these colonnaded walkways, lined with boutique shops and cosy bars and cafés and visitors can do this by walking along The Pantiles. Dunorlan Park is another beautiful spot for peaceful walks. This park is a great place to unwind for relaxing strolls and picnics as well as providing plenty of green space for families to play and feed the ducks.

Tunbridge Wells hosts a Dementia Café which offers those living with or are affected by dementia a place to relax, socialise and meet other people with dementia and their carers. Tunbridge Wells Dementia Cafe runs on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month between 2pm-4pm. Further details can be found here.

How to Find Hazelwood Care Home

Longfield is a village in the Borough of Dartford in Kent. It is located 6 miles south east of Dartford and the same distance south-west of Gravesend. Being centrally placed serves itself well to be easily accessible by road, rail and air.

 

Travelling by train

  • The nearest train station is Longfield Station 0.8 miles away from Hazelwood Care Home.
  • Trains to London Waterloo run directly from Longfield station and take approximately 45 minutes.
  • Trains to Kent City Centre run to Kent, via 1 change and take approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Travelling by car

  • For those using a Sat Nav, please enter the postcode DA3 7PW.
  • For those using Google Maps, click here.
  • Hazelwood Care Home is situated to the southeast of London City Centre and is easily accessible off B260 from the A2.
  • Hazelwood Care Home is situated to the northwest of Kent City Centre and is easily accessible off B260 which links to the A2, and then on to the M2.

Travelling by plane

  • The nearest airport is London City which is 22.7 miles away.
  • Other nearby airports include London Gatwick (37.1 miles) and London Stansted (44.1 miles).

FAQs

Here are the top questions people have regarding life at Hazelwood Care Home, Kent. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

If your loved one has recently undergone some physical trauma or ailment that has resulted in a lengthy stay in the hospital, it is likely that they will find it difficult to adjust to their new home, and the way in which they were used to living. This can be a stressful and painful situation, but there may be choices available to alleviate the stress and worry, and we are here to assist you through every single step of the process.

All of our team undergo dementia and Alzheimer’s training, which covers the essential information and abilities required of all health and social care professionals, with a focus on understanding, awareness, and relationship building. This ongoing education enables our staff to be fully equipped with up-to-date knowledge and skills that are appropriate to the various stages of dementia.

Residents are encouraged to participate in group activities such as exercise, bingo, quizzes, and listening to music by Activities Co-ordinators. Our Activities Co-ordinators also spend one-on-one time with residents, focusing on their individual hobbies, such as looking at photos, arts and crafts, or simply reading to them. Outside entertainment, such as pianists and vocalists, pay us regular visits.

Moving into Hazelwood Care Home shouldn’t be a lot of hassle and stress, which is why when you pay the initial care home fee, it covers most of what your life here at Hazelwood Care Home will entail. It covers your living accommodations and any activities you take part in while you’re here. This covers the cost of any beverages and meals you consume under our roof, as well as the cost of any hairstyling appointments you might have, beauty treatments, and daily newspapers or publications you read.

There are a number of support organisations available, including, The Alzheimer Society, Dementia UK and Age UK. From one-to-one, to groups theses service offers support with all aspects of Dementia, from nursing home advice, memory problems, early sign of dementia and day to day life with older people.

Talk to a Member of our Friendly Team

Should you have any questions regarding Dementia Care, or any other care services available here at Hazelwood Care Home, we welcome you to get in touch. You can contact us by calling 01474 573 800 or sending an email to info@hazelwoodcarehome.com.

Alternatively, you can fill out our online enquiry form where you can talk to a friendly team member. We look forward to speaking with you.