We promote Rockdale House as a model of excellence and we are passionate in the belief that residential care can offer a great quality of life to older people who require more help in their later years.
Accommodation is arranged over five floors with lift access to all levels. We have 48 well sized bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities of wash basin and toilet. We also have two short-stay rooms either for respite care or if you want to try out Rockdale House for a few days. Each room is fully furnished (although residents are welcome to bring their own furniture) with TV and data points as well as a private phone.
There is a large main lounge on the entrance level as well as 3 smaller, inviting sitting rooms. There are kitchenettes on most floors for anyone to use and a large dining room for residents to eat with company. We also have a smaller, more intimate dining room, 10 assisted bathrooms around the building (4 with hi-lo baths, 4 walk-in baths, and 2 showers) and there are many communal W.C’s available for residents and visitors when not in their rooms.
For sunny days we have a beautiful garden patio and a roof terrace which acts as a morning suntrap. The outdoor space allows our residents to enjoy the fresh air and even do a bit of gardening. Also on site is a fully equipped hairdressing salon and a busy activities room equipped with drinks making facilities and computers. We also now have a dedicated treatment room for chiropody and visiting nurses etc.
Rockdale House is staffed by a Deputy Home Manager, 6 Senior Residential Social Workers, 15 Day Residential Social Workers and 9 Night Residential Social Workers, an Activities Organiser, two receptionists, and catering and housekeeping staff, all under the management of the Home Manager. There are also three waking staff on duty each night. By employing as many full-time, permanent staff they are able to get to know residents well and offer continuity of care. We know what a difference it makes to see a friendly face. The care staff can help you with all aspects of personal care, depending on what you need. One member of staff will have responsibility for your welfare, helping to arrange any appointments, getting to know your family and making sure you don’t run out of bubble bath.
Meals are served at 9am, 1pm and 5.30pm in the dining rooms whilst morning tea/coffee, afternoon tea and late night drinks will be brought to you. The Catering Manager consults residents on menus and special dietary requirements can be arranged for.
Laundry (including personal laundry) is done on the premise. All bedding and towels are provided and ironing is done by the night staff (this does not cover dry cleaning).
If your own doctor belongs to a Sevenoaks practice, you will probably wish to remain registered with that surgery. If not then we can arrange for you to be transferred. We will also help you to access other medical services (hospital appointments, dentist, physiotherapist, opticians) and can arrange transport for you to get there. Our local pharmacist delivers prescriptions to the house and senior staff can administer medicines unless you want to look after them yourself.
Visiting services include hairdressing, chiropody, aromatherapy massage, group exercises, a weekly shop and the library. Clergy of various denominations visit and conduct services and members of local churches collect residents to go out to church. Your family and friends are welcome at any time and there are guest flats available for visitors from a distance or who need to be with an ill relative.
There are leisure activities to join in with if you want to, which include outings in groups, art classes, a poetry group, exercise groups, scrabble, bingo, quizzes, video afternoons, occasional visiting entertainers and clothing sales. The residents in sheltered accommodation run their own social club which is open for anyone to join with activities, the Pantry lunch service and coffee mornings held in Beatrice Wilson Common Room.
If you would like to visit Rockdale House, or discuss your requirements, please contact the Home Manager on telephone 01732 454763 or send us a message below to request a brochure.
Alternatively, if you would like to apply to live here please fill out the below application form and return it to us via post or email:
Rockdale House, Rockdale Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1JT