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We promote Rockdale House as a model of excellence and we are passionate about 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 washbasin 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.
You are welcome to arrange a private telephone line for your room. Invoices for your calls will be sent directly to you from your telephone provider.
We invite you to view the rooms and discuss your needs.
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 an iPad.
We also now have a dedicated treatment room for chiropody and visiting nurses etc.
Rockdale House is managed by Ros Ward, interim Home Manager.
The House has six care staff and two senior care staff between 07.30 hours and 14.50 hours and five care staff and two seniors up until 20.50 hours.
In addition, one of the day staff starts at 06.00 hours for five days per week and one member of staff finishes at 22.00 hours, seven days per week.
There are also three waking staff on duty each night, an activities organiser, two receptionists, catering staff and housekeeping staff.
Staffing levels may vary depending on the numbers and needs of residents, so they may go up or down. Staffing levels are always carefully considered to ensure residents receive the care they need. In addition, the activities coordinator works three days per week.
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.
All normal laundry (including personal laundry) is done on the premise. All bedding and towels are provided.
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, 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.
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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 form below and return it to us via post or email:
Rockdale House, Rockdale Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1JT