Help With Choosing a Care Home in Kent

Help With Choosing a Care Home in Kent

Kent, the Garden of England, is a popular place to live amongst older people because of its unique mix of fantastic scenery, beautiful coast, and towns full of all the shops and services one could need. This also makes it an ideal place to look for a care home.

Not everywhere in Kent is the same though! On this page we will talk you through some of the best areas in Kent in which to choose a care home. For more general information on choosing a care home, take a look at our Practical Guide on Choosing a Care Home.

Find Kent Care Homes

Age Space is currently working on our very own Kent Care Home Directory. For now, take a look at the CareHome.co.uk website, where you can search for care homes in your preferred locations, or sort them by other relevant factor.

Different Areas to Consider in Kent

There are many factors to take into account when choosing the best location for a care home. Proximity to relatives is, of course, one of the major areas to consider. However, it is worth finding out more about the towns themselves. The following provides a brief overview of some of the major towns in Kent and some of the features that might make it the best place to move to.

Ashford

With its central location, Ashford is easy to get to from most other places in Kent, making visiting your relatives simpler. Ashford is on the southern edge of a large Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including the chalk hills of the Kent Downs, making it a particularly scenic place to live.

Canterbury

Canterbury old town

Canterbury is a historic English cathedral city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a great blend of city, coast and countryside. It is, of course, home to the famous Canterbury Cathedral, one of our Best Accessible Days Out in Kent. Canterbury was voted as the best place to live in Kent by KentLive in 2018, although it has been noted that the noisy roads are a potential downside!

Maidstone

Maidstone itself has all the amenities you’d expect of a lively market town, including good services for older people! The historic town centre is largely pedestrianised, making it easy to navigate for older people. Leeds Castle, one of our Best Accessible Days Out, is just a 15-minute drive from the centre of Maidstone.

Margate

An image of the beach at Margate and the Turner Contemporary

Located in Thanet, the seaside town of Margate has been one of the UK’s leading seaside resorts for over 250 years. With sandy beaches, vintage shops and quaint tea rooms, there is plenty of opportunity for older people to get out and make the most of Margate. It is also home to the famous Turner Contemporary Gallery, another of Age Space’s Best Accessible Days Out for the more culturally-minded.

Sandwich

A Calm and idyllic town, with a large older population. Boasting an impressive number of sandwich shops and tea rooms, there are plenty of social opportunities for older people in Sandwich. Sandwich is also within easy reach of a number of lovely beaches, and boasts two world class golf courses for those who still play!

Average Costs of Care Homes in Kent

The average costs of care homes in the South East of England are higher than the rest of the UK (£33, 852, £47,30 when nursing care is considered) . This can be down to a variety of factors but is most likely due to how popular Kent is to retire in.

Residential OnlyRes. With Nursing Care
Frail Older£38,062£52,902
Dementia£38,864£54,720

This doesn’t mean every care home in Kent will cost this much. Care Home costs differ based on a range of factors including:

  • Location
  • Type of care provide
  • Facilities available
  • Staff per resident

The Benefits & Drawbacks of Life in Kent

Example of Kent's outstanding range of parks and countryside.

Kent has an outstanding range of parks and national trust gardens, and abundant countryside and wildlife. There’s a reason it is the Garden of England!

Transport links vary across Kent, as there is a real mix of large well-connected towns, and more rural villages only accessible by car. Major towns are also only a short train journey from London.

Kent has a wide range of care homes, although they also vary in quality – be sure to follow our guide on Choosing a Care Home before committing to move in somewhere. It is also a good idea to check their CQC rating.

One downside to choosing to move to a care home in Kent is that they cost more than the national average. This is not true of every care home in Kent though, so you should not let it put you off searching.

Kent has a great range of accessible days out, meaning you would never run out of things to do, even if you become less mobile. Check out our page on the Best Accessible Days Out in Kent to find out more about them.

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