I wanted to thank you once again for the excellent care which Daddy received from you and from all the Summerdown and Pentlow staff during his stay. He really could not have been in a better place for this closing chapter of his life, and once he had settled in and got to know the staff he was really happy to be so well looked after.

— A Canford Resident's Family



This month we are featuring Barty House, a Canford Healthcare Home in Maidstone, to illustrate how we believe the lifestyle in a care home should be.

It won't be long before we start to see all the bulbs at Barty House Nursing Home Maidstone break into colour. The first thing you will notice on approach is that Barty House is a truly impressive building, and at those special times of the year, such as when the spring bulbs appear, the garden complements this beautifully.

Already, Barty has had a great start to the year, with several events and visiting entertainers. Staff take a few candid snaps to share with families, and from the facebook page, you will see that it is a busy and happy home. Recently they've posted some photos from the Christmas panto, Dick Whittington, and also celebrated Valentines and treated some residents and their spouses to roses and chocolates.

Entertainer Adrian Chapman popped in with his guitar and a myriad of disguises with songs from Acker Bilk to Stevie Wonder. He entertained the residents with music, and a sing along. Meanwhile, Activities Co-ordinators (Barty house has a whole team - not just one) have been busy crafting, pampering and organising fun evenings such as Burns Nght -complete with tartan wearing piper and haggis.

At Barty House, they delight in creating a fun filled lifestyle. After all, you should expect the very best in care, so every Canford home wants to suprise you with how much extra there is on offer within the daily lifestyle.

If you or a loved one are considering care in Maidstone, consider Barty House.
Located in Bearsted, Barty is set in superb rural surroundings and yet with great transport links - just minutes from the M20. Barty House itself is a stately building, with a bright airy modern extension, but you really need to see inside and to view the extensive gardens to take it all in.

No appointment is necessary to visit, but if you would like to call prior to your visit, a senior member of staff will be waiting to show you around and answer any questions you might have over a cup of tea.

Canford Healthcare is delighted to welcome Amanda Warren as Recruitment Manager for the group.
Canford, which comprises five care homes and two domiciliary care services in Kent and Sussex, made the new appointment in recognition of the group’s ongoing commitment to employing and training quality staff.

The Group also recognises the importance that the familiar faces of long serving staff has on residents. Ms Warren shares that ethos and places great emphasis on both staff retention and minimal use of temporary or agency staff.
Ms Warren who has a wealth of recruiting experience spanning 13 years commented “I believe that great staff are undeniably a major strength for any organisation, and even more so within the care sector. Within Canford Healthcare we have many loyal, long service achievers and that is an asset.”

If you would like to work for an organisation which values its staff, current vacancies within Canford Healthcare homes can be found on the home’s individual websites.

Whenever you visit a Canford Healthcare Home, it will strike you what an incredible diversity of activity is available and this is no accident.

Read more: An emphasis on activity

Tunbridge Wells Care Centre Newsletter

Tunbridge Wells Care Centre, a Kent home in the Canford Healthcare Group, publishes a regular Newsletter 'Down Memory Lane'.
The Care Centre seeks to make it informative and interesting for resident's families while offering resources and articles on subjects of interest to the elderly and those who care for them.

Tunbridge Wells Care Centre offers care for elderly frail residents and has self contained comfortable and safe facilities for people living with dementia. Staff are very aware of the differing needs of residents who we treat as individuals- concentrating on their strengths in order to promote the very best lifestyle and care possible.

We invite you to find out more about the centre in Down Memory Lane January 2014 edition.

To read our latest news please click the link or the image above, and it will open in a new window. A pdf reader can be obtained free from if you should require one.

If you prefer a printed copy you can obtain one by popping into our reception.

If you are currently considering care options in this area, please telephone the care centre on 01892 618721 for an informal chat, and they will be happy to send you a brochure, and  enclose a copy of our latest news. 

Our Care Centre's direct contact details:
Tunbridge Wells Care Centre
142 Upper Grosvenor Road
Tunbridge Wells
Kent TN1 2ED
Tel: +44 (0)1892 618721
Fax: +44 (0)1892 533746

you can also contact us by email at



Barty House Activity Organiser Mary Grant from Maidstone had cause to celebrate at the Great British Care Awards 2013 (South East).

Following a nomination by Manager Jacqui Butler in 'The Care Home Activity Organiser' category, Mary was chosen as one of only three finalists for 2013.
Mary was presented with a beautiful trophy at the awards in Brighton, which was hosted by actress, writer and presenter Helen Lederer. 

Judges were looking for an organiser who provides a needs led, varied and appropriate programme for their care home residents. Following the nomination, Mary was invited to a judging session.
During this each nominee was taken through key areas which included:

• showing examples of an exceptional range of services
• demonstrating how clients and/or relatives/carers participate in the development of new activities
• showing how they ensured inclusion for people with a range of mental and physical disabilities (E.g. music)
• demonstrating how they are supported by other staff where they work

Barty House Manager Jacqui Butler is extremely proud of Mary and the team. Mary is very much part of a larger activity team at Barty - each bringing skills to the mix which vary the opportunities for residents enjoyment.

Mary was joined at the awards by other Canford staff, including activity colleague Brenda.
You can see more on the Barty House facebook page.

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It was comforting for my family to know that he was being looked after by caring and dedicated staff throughout his short stay, who made his final days as comfortable and pain free as possible.

— A Canford Resident's Family