There’s a reason Kent is often called the Garden of England, as this south east county is home to not one, but two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty: the North Downs and The Weald. With rolling fields and chocolate box villages, majestic castles, beautiful coastlines and scenic seaside towns like Whitstable and Sandwich, as well as excellent connections to London, Kent is a sparkling jewel in the crown of the south east.
For those who prefer a busier city-style lifestyle, you’ll be spoilt for choice for things to do in Kent; from zoos, stately homes and National Trust properties to explore, to theatres, art galleries and music venues. Nearby towns like historic Canterbury, Maidstone and Dartford have plenty to offer in addition to their attractive proximity to the city in terms of shopping and culture. Understandably, the cost of care homes in this region can be more expensive, with average fees coming in around £1,200, although there are always exceptions to this rule.
So, if you’re searching for a care home in this popular county, have a look at our list of the UK’s best care homes in Kent. For more ideas, check out our full list of care homes in Kent here.
Chamberlain Court (Hallmark Care Homes)
Lottie’s Verdict: Best for luxury facilities and activities
The royal borough of Tunbridge Wells is home to our first Kent care home, Chamberlain Court, part of the Hallmark Care Homes group. Providing high-quality residential care, nursing care, and dementia care, Chamberlain Court achieved a 9.9 rating from carehome.co.uk, as well as several awards in recent years for outstanding quality care.
Judy Heathfield-Eliott is the manager in charge, leading an experienced team who encourage residents to lead the active lives they’ve always wanted to, making time for the hobbies and activities they love. Residents report a real sense of belonging in the loving and compassionate community at Chamberlain Court, with a chance to maintain old friendships and make new ones.
Facilities available include a top-notch cinema, hair salon and barber, therapy rooms, and arts and crafts room, as well as an on-site café. The café is the heart of Chamberlain Court, where residents meet for a cup of tea or coffee and a tasty slice of cake or two before heading into the beautifully landscaped gardens to admire the carp ponds or visit the aviary. Chamberlain Court also employs an experienced lifestyle team to curate a daily activity schedule tailored to residents’ individual interests.
Residencies From: £1,537 per week
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Amherst Court (Avante Care)
Lottie’s Verdict: Best for personalising care
Part of the Avante Care & Support group, Amherst Court in Chatham is a modern, purpose-built care home offering a high level of person-centred care and dementia care. The team, led by manager John Ogbe, are always on-hand to facilitate social events like song and dance activities and trips to nearby towns and museums, as well as encouraging residents to engage with new hobbies and keep up old interests. With an on-site café providing residents with the perfect place to enjoy a cup of tea with family and friends and special beauty salon ‘Ship Shape’ always available for hair and beauty appointments, life at Amherst Court is always varied and fulfilling.
As well as a bar and café on the premises, Amherst Court also has gardens for residents to enjoy good weather and a minibus service for outings to local shops. Care seekers are given bright, airy bedrooms with individual colour schemes and are encouraged to decorate their bedroom in their style of choosing with sentimental items or personal furniture.
Residencies From: £1,088 per week
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Invicta Court (Care UK)
Lottie’s Verdict: Best for modern facilities and luxury living
Care UK’s luxury care home Invicta Court is situated in bustling Maidstone and provides a wide range of dementia care services, in addition to long and short-term nursing care, residential care and step-down care following a stay in hospital, enabling patients to get their strength and mobility back in peace and quiet.
Headed up by manager Jacqui Pompeus, the team at Invicta Court care home pride themselves on giving each individual resident personalised care, encouraging them to live vibrant and fulfilling lives; whether they’re socialising in a group, or enjoying some solo time. It’s therefore no surprise that Invicta Court earned itself a score of 9.9 from carehome.co.uk, cementing its place as one of the top care homes Maidstone has on its roster.
Invicta Court has its own café and bar, hair and beauty salon and cinema, which are all free for both residents and their relatives to use. There’s also a weekly programme of activities, outings and live entertainment available, which residents can dip in and out of as they please, depending on their energy and mood.
Residencies From: £1,306 per week
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Emerson Grange (Cinnamon Care Collection)
Lottie’s Verdict: Best for customer reviews and a luxury resident experience
Emerson Grange care home in Swanley may be a recent addition to the luxury Cinnamon Care Collection, but it packs quite the punch in the care service stakes. With support from acting general manager Christine Valentine-Bunce, the friendly and knowledgeable team at Emerson Grange provide an unrivaled level of care and support for services including nursing, residential, convalescent, respite, and dementia care. Residents are always put first and their individual needs and feelings are the top priority.
The large and luxurious building houses 85 beautifully decorated bedrooms, as well as cosy reading rooms, a beauty salon and a restaurant where top chefs cook up nutritious meals using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Outside the care home, there’s plenty to explore as Emerson Grange becomes part of the vibrant new community in Hextable, which has great transport links and proximity to local shops and amenities.
Residencies From: £1,388 per week
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Hazelwood (Care Concern)
Lottie’s Verdict: Best for residents’ independence
The beautiful Hazelwood is located in Longfield, Kent and offers an impressive range of care services, including convalescent care, palliative care, and respite care, with a specialist dementia care unit also on site.
The care team is managed by George Joseph and create a person-centred care experienced based on preserving dignity and independence, as well as supporting privacy and self-fulfillment.
Facilities at Hazelwood include an on-site chef to cater for both dining areas, a cinema room, a beauty salon and library, alongside a sensory room and private garden for relaxing in. A varied activities programme keeps residents entertained during the day.
Residencies From: £1,350 per week
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Montfort Manor (Care UK)
Lottie’s Verdict: Best for day trips and outings
Our final stop on our tour of the best care homes Kent has to offer is at Montfort Manor in Ashford. Part of the Care UK group and with Julie Pannell-Hurn leading the team as manager, Montfort Manor is a charming building providing residential, nursing and dementia care on both a short and long-term basis.
Daily group activities and outings make each day an adventure at Montfort Manor. Residents are even encouraged to suggest their own ideas for day trips, with the team doing their utmost to make their dreams come true. In their down time, residents can choose how they want to spend their day and are supported in doing easy tasks around the home to maintain their independence.
With a hair salon, coffee shop and cinema, as well as stunning en-suite bedrooms, lounges and gardens, Montfort Manor certainly isn’t a bad place to spend a happy retirement.
Residencies From: £1,272 per week
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