Welcome to Beechcare Care Home
You'll find Beechcare Care Home in the village of Darenth, close to the town of Dartford, Kent.
Here we provide permanent care and short-term respite care for those with nursing needs, around the clock. Maintaining the dignity and individuality of each person living here is a top priority.
A GP visits the home twice a week to ensure everyone's medical needs are well managed, and we have a very close working relationship with dieticians, speech and language therapists and other health-care professionals.
Our home is situated in extensive, mature landscaped grounds in a rural setting. We have secluded, small garden areas where people can enjoy the countryside views, watch the foxes, squirrels and rabbits, and listen to birdsong. Our large patio and summer house is used for lovely garden events.
Inside, we have light and spacious lounges where residents can listen to music or watch TV. And there are small quiet lounges for those who want to read or sit quietly with family or friends.
All of our bedrooms are singles with en-suite toilets and showers and great safety features. We love residents to personalise their rooms to make them more familiar and homely.
Life at Beechcare Care Home
Our dedicated activities coordinators support residents in various pastimes and diversions.
There are plenty of group activities, including visiting entertainers, music for health mornings, quizzes and handcrafts. And we arrange trips, including to the theatre, shops, and local places of interest.
We also offer one-to-one sessions for those who have medical issues that stop them leaving their rooms. This may involve reading to them, helping with an individual activity they enjoy, or just sharing a cup of tea and a chat.
Meals are planned by our experienced chef manager, to offer a well balanced and nutritious menu with plenty of variety. Residents have the option to take all or some of their meals in our bright and airy dining room or to have them served in their rooms.
I am so glad we found this nursing home. The staff are friendly and helpful and most importantly do a brilliant job of looking after my nan. We can sleep easily at night knowing she is being cared for.
I visit my wife 3 times a week. She loves the home and the staff. I have my lunch with my wife. The staff are wonderful. They are all so caring.
I would recommend Beechcare Home to anyone! The staff and management here are all brilliant and very attentive to the residents. After previous care homes have been awful it is excellent to finally have my nan in a great care home. Facilities, cleanliness, staff, management and overall standards are brilliant.
After finding the care home. I thought would be suitable for my father. I was extremely pleased I made the right choice. Staff are friendly and helpful and is run in an excellent manner!
Good care is taken of my mother-in-law.
When my nan moved in it was like home form home, all the staff are so friendly and really go the extra mile. They are kind and nothing is ever too much. The staff really helped my nan to feel at home. The food is lovely and I have eaten with my nan.
As my sister has only been at the home for a few weeks i am unable to assess everything. From what I have seen so far the staff are very helpful and pleasant and whenever my sister or I have asked them to do something they have carried it out efficiently and with a smile. The manager and deputy manager have answered my queries and have taken time to explain everything in great detail whenever I have had any questions. My sister has said that she is very happy at the home.
Mother has been here since January 2015, most of the staff are lovely and caring especially the manager. I have no regrets having mother in here and feel very lucky to have a place here. I would recommend Beechcare to anyone as it is a happy place to be.
Mum is very happy there.
From the minute you arrive at Beechcare you feel calm and relaxed, as it is set in gorgeous countryside. It is so clean, fresh and beautifully decorated. I love the old time memorabilia dotted around. The kitchen is always open for tea, coffee etc, so when visiting my mum I always make us both a cuppa! The staff are always polite and friendly, they can't wait to tell us what mums been up to. All facilities here are outstanding, I always enjoy my visits and when I leave, I know I am comforted, that my mum is well looked after and that means the world to me.
Types of care
People living with dementia have different needs, so either a residential or nursing care home...
Someone may need nursing care if they have a certain physical condition or difficulties. This...
Respite care, or short-stay care, means someone can stay at Beechcare Care Home whether they...
End of life / palliative care
It's vital that everyone gets the right care and support at this important and sensitive time....
Beechcare Care Home also offers specialist help for adults and young people with different needs,...
Facilities & services
Making care special is at the heart of Beechcare Care Home in Darenth. Our philosophy starts with getting to know each person as an individual and understanding what they need.
- All ensuite
- All single rooms
- On site hairdressing
- Quiet lounge
- TV lounge
- Landscaped gardens
- Summer house
- Flat screen TV in lounge
11 Dec 2017
Four Seasons Health Care picked up three accolades on Tuesday 5th December 2017 at the Training Journal (TJ) Awards. Winning three categories meant that Four Seasons Health Care led the way, as they were the only organisation to win in multiple categories.
Who were the winners?
The Dementia Care Framework won the ‘Best Change Management Programme’, which is a fantastic achievement and further highlights the positive impact this is having on the lives of people living in Four Seasons homes with dementia.
The Judges commented: “We recognise Four Health Care work in the field of dementia care as innovative and thorough in its approach, being both effective and transformative. It had a bold vision that was well executed in a challenging environment.”
The Care Home Nursing Journal (CNJ), Four Seasons’ very own internal publication to develop nurse knowledge and share best practice won its category of ‘Best Organisational Development Programme'.
The Judges commented: “The design of this intervention, which on the surface appears very simple, completely meets the needs of the organisation and has had significant impact. A particular strength was that Four Seasons Health Care decided to make these resources freely available to anyone, making the impact even greater and is improving healthcare outcomes in care homes everywhere.”
Finally, Louise Morris the Care Home Assistant Practitioner (CHAP) Lead won the main award of the night and was crowned the ‘Learning and Development Professional of the Year’.
The Judges stated: “Louise has had a transformational impact, not only on the learning and development of staff at Four Seasons Health Care, but also on the well-being of residents. Through a review of an existing programme, Louise drove design and improvement which has had significant benefits through improved care, staff practice and confidence and commitment to their work and professional development.”
Congratulations to everyone on this fantastic achievement!
8 Dec 2017
Earlier this year we launched our Four Seasons Care Awards to celebrate and commend all of the hard work and dedication of the teams working to make a difference to the lives of those in their care.
Over 700 people were nominated by care home residents, colleagues and visitors in a number of categories. These have been whittled down via shortlisting and we’re pleased to announce our Regional Winners.
Scotland, Wales, South West England and Bristol
Carer/Support Worker – Sue Harbour Gove (Cumbrae Lodge Care Home)
Senior Care Assistant – Catherine Davies (Ty Gwynno Care Home)
Care Home Assistant Practitioner/Senior Nursing Care Assistant – Lavinia Rose (Havencourt Care Home)
Registered Nurse – Nim Manola (Kingsmead Care Home)
Dementia Care Champion – Louise Longmuir (Lammermuir Care Home)
Specialist Services Champion Kim Matthews (Campsie View Care Home)
Personal Activities Lead Champion – Nancy Canavan (Carrickstone House Care Home)
Support Team Member – David Mortiboys (Oaktree Care Home)
Deputy Home Manager – Lee Gove (Cumbrae Lodge Care Home)
Registered Care Home Manager – Rhona McGregor (Havencourt Care Home)
Resident or Relative Contribution – John Kelland (Ty Gwynno Care Home)
Volunteer of the Year – Mary Ginter (Gotton Manor Care Home)
Our Values Champion – Monica turner (Carrickstone House Care Home)
Regional Manager of the Year – Anne-Marie McKeich (Lothian)
North East England
Carer/Support Worker – Edwin Horn (Howdon Care Centre)
Senior Care Assistant – Jean Thompson (Brockwell Court Care Home)
Care Home Assistant Practitioner/Senior Nursing Care Assistant – Craig Lee (Astell Care Centre)
Registered Nurse – Megan Williams (South Park Care Home)
Dementia Care Champion – Glynis Toland (Northlea Court Care Home – South Quay Care Home)
Specialist Services Champion – Lisa Ramsey (Astell Care Centre)
Personal Activities Lead Champion – PAL Team - Janet Storey, Jade Richards and Dawn Parr (Howdon Care Centre)
Support Team Member – Julie Stonehouse (Dene Grange Care Home)
Deputy Home Manager – Shanti Annapureddy (Hillside Lodge Care Home)
Registered Care Home Manager – Sharon Smith (Langley Park Care Home)
Resident or Relative Contribution – Ashley Wright (The Laurels Care Home)
Volunteer – Keith Atkinson (Rosemount Care Home)
Our Values Champion – Jo Loughans (Southfield Court Care Home)
Regional Manager – Kim Richardson (Sunderland and South Tyneside and Darlington)
North West England
Carer/Support Worker – Val Walton (Brimington Care Home)
Senior Care Assistant – Daniella Burns (Ashcroft Care Home)
Care Home Assistant Practitioner/Senior Nursing Care Assistant – Vicky Bird (Pennine Lodge Care Home)
Registered Nurse of the Year – Christine Bradley (The Vale Care Home)
Dementia Care Champion – Debra Davison (Highfield Hall Care Home)
Specialist Services Champion – Rachael Owens (Grove House Care Home)
Personal Activities Lead Champion – Alison Richards (The Cedars and Larches Care Home)
Support Team Member – Moira Jones (NW Regional Support)
·Deputy Home Manager – Nichola Birkett (Regency Care Home)
Registered Care Home Manager – Helen Baston (Ashcroft Care Home)
Resident or Relative Contribution – Lynn Meadows (Bebington Care Home)
Volunteer – Jean Booth (Tall Oaks Care Home)
Our Values Champion – Melissa Johnson (Heywood Court Care Home)
Regional Manager – Catherine Smith (Derbyshire)
Carer/Support Worker – Graham Boardman (Beech House Care Home)
Senior Care Assistant – Clare Illand (Pellon Care Centre)
Care Home Assistant Practitioner/Senior Nursing Care Assistant – Sian Plant (Balmoral Care Home)
Registered Nurse – Alison Slater (Evedale Care Home)
Dementia Care Champion – Jessica Taylor (Layden Court Care Home)
Specialist Services Champion – Katy Davies (Churchfield Care Home)
Personal Activities Lead Champion – Barbara Blakemore (Westroyd House Care Home)
Support Team Member – Sharon Arrowsmith (Fernwood Court Care Home)
Deputy Home Manager – Jayne Appleton (Windsor House Care Home)
Registered Care Home Manager – Jenny Hololob (Layden Court Care Home)
Resident or Relative Contribution – Angela and Brian Sparks (The Lodge Care Home)
Volunteer – Elizabeth Wharram (Woodview Care Home)
Our Values Champion – James Irving (The Lodge Care Home)
Regional Manager – Jayne Clark (Lincs and Humber)
South East England
Carer/Support Worker – John Appiah (Ross Wyld Care Home)
Senior Care Assistant – Angela Coles (Hopes Green Care Home)
Care Home Assistant Practitioner/Senior Nursing Care Assistant of the Year – Yvonne Kane (Copper Beeches Care Home)
Registered Nurse – Martina Gleeson (Ladyville Lodge Care Home)
Dementia Care Champion – Charlotte Fraser-Alix (Summerdale Court Care Home)
Specialist Services Champion – Pauline Dillon (Beechcare Care Home)
Personal Activities Lead Champion – Mary Tanner (Copper Beeches Care Home)
Support Team Member – Karen Frost (Romford Grange Care Home)
Deputy Home Manager – Kerry Miller (Hopes Green Care Home)
Registered Care Home Manager – James McElhinney (Alexandra Care Home)
Resident or Relative Contribution – George Newton (Bracknell Care Home)
Volunteer – Jeanette Darrell (Cedar Court Care Home)
Our Values Champion – PAL Team - Anna Loska, Agneiska Richardson, Ursula Gardas (Kingfisher House Care Home)
Regional Manager – Ian Buckland (South East)
Carer/Support Worker – Rachel Hylands (Seapatrick Care Home)
Senior Care Assistant – Sharon Reid (Annahilt Care Home)
Care Home Assistant Practitioner/Senior Nursing Care Assistant – Tammy Hagan and Emma Burns (Hawthorn House Care Home)
Registered Nurse – Princess Lidasan (Lisburn Intermediate Care Centre)
Dementia Care Champion – Claire Devlin (Castle Lodge Care Home)
Specialist Services Champion – Melanie Reyes (Castle Lodge Care Home)
Personal Activities Lead Champion – Sam Bright (Sandringham Care Home)
Support Team Member of the Year – Bridgeen Young (Arches Care Home)
Deputy Home Manager of the Year – Maphi Sanchez (Arches Care Home)
Registered Care Home Manager – Naomi Graham (Annahilt Care Home)
Resident or Relative Contribution – Martin Rice (Holywood Care Home)
Volunteer – Jacob Orr (Comber Care Home)
Our Values Champion – Louisa Rea (Lough Foyle and North Regional Manager)
Regional Manager – Janice Brown (Belfast and Newtownabbey)
The Care Awards were open to employees from all Four Seasons homes across the UK and central team members to celebrate their commitment in the delivery of high-quality services to all the residents cared for in more than 260 locations.
The 14 categories have been created to recognise excellence in a variety of roles across the organisation ranging from ‘Carer/Support Worker of the Year’ to ‘Personal Activities Lead Champion’. We also wanted to recognise the hard the dedication and commitment from our residents, their relatives and volunteers.
Tim Hammond, CEO of Four Seasons Health Care said: “Our Annual Care Awards are such a special occasion. It is our event where we recognise and celebrate our colleagues who go the extra mile to ensure those living with us have the very best experience.
"The quality of the nominations this year have been outstanding – and I know it has been a difficult process for our Regional Managers and Managing Directors to select our Regional Winners. I congratulate them and look forward to seeing them all at our Annual Care Awards ceremony in February.”
27 Nov 2017
Hallgarth Care Home in Durham had the pleasure of welcoming back their friends ‘The Silver Liners’, a group of 7 Ukulele players for an afternoon of music and song.
The gig included music local to the North East of England including: ‘When the boat comes in’, ‘The Keel Row’ and ‘Blaydon Races’ and got everyone’s feet tapping and hands clapping. Everyone then enjoyed a good old sing along with songs including ‘Hello Mary Lou’, ‘Daisy, Daisy’, ‘Pack up your troubles’ and ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’, with a little rock and roll, the Twist and some Gospel music thrown in.
Angela Muir, Home Manager, said: “It really was an afternoon with a bit of something to suit everyone. Of course they gang couldn’t come along without a tribute to George Formby whom made the Ukulele famous with ‘Leaning on the Lamp Post’. The afternoon was finished off nicely with tea, cheese scones and a good old chat.”
Are you looking for a care home in Durham? Hallgarth Care Home offers support for all types of care including residential care, nursing care, respite care, end of life/palliative care and intermediate care.
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If you'd like to arrange a visit to Beechcare Care Home in Darenth, or talk to us about our care options, please call, email, or fill in the contact form.
Care home manager: Lewis Chester
Darenth Road South, Darenth, DA2 7QT