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



Canford is the UK's leading group of Luxury Nursing Homes. Catch up on our latest activities and news here.

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.

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

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.

Technology as we all know has advanced dramatically in recent years. Many of us raising families of technology savvy children did not ourselves have the benefit of computers during our own schooling. Even in the 1980's and early 1990's computers in schools and homes were certainly not the norm.


So, what chance do our older generation have to keep up with and enjoy the advances in technology?

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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