Elderly Care Services in Kent

Elderly Care Services in Kent

Much like the country as a whole, Kent has an ageing population with more than 320,000 people aged over 65 currently living in the county. This figure is only expected to continue rising as life expectancies increase.

There are lots of helpful and important elderly care services available in Kent but it can be difficult and confusing to know what the most appropriate service is in your local area. Age Space has created the following guide to help signpost the key services in Kent for you and explain how they are broken down across the county.

If your relative needs help getting to and from healthcare appointments, you may want to take a look at Age Space’s page on Non-Emergency Patient Transport Services in Kent.

NHS Services for the Elderly in Kent

Integrated Care Systems in Kent

NHS Services for the Elderly in Kent

All health services in Kent are managed by the Kent & Medway Integrated Care System (ICS). The ICS is responsible for anything that relates to healthcare in the county, including general hospitals, GP services, mental health services, local hospitals and community care services. All of the NHS organisations in Kent and Medway, as well as their respective councils have been working together as a sustainability and transformation partnership since 2016, before being formally accredited as an ICS in 2021.

Major Hospitals & Hospices

Hospitals provide many of the healthcare services for the elderly in Kent. The following are some of the largest hospitals in Kent, all of which have Accident & Emergency Departments that are worth knowing about in case of an emergency. You can find more information about their services by visiting their websites through the details below:

The William Harvey Hospital, Ashford
  • Address: Kennington Road, Willesborough, Ashford, Kent, TN24 0LZ
  • Telephone: 01233 633331
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The Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital, Margate
  • Address: St. Peter's Road, Margate, Kent, CT9 4AN 
  • Telephone: 01843 225544
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Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Tunbridge Wells
  • Address: Tonbridge Road, Pembury, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 4QJ
  • Telephone: 01892 823535
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Darrent Valley Hospital, Dartford
  • Address: Darenth Wood Road, Dartford, Kent, DA2 8DA
  • Telephone: 01322 428100 
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Medway Maritime Hospital, Gillingham
  • Address: Windmill Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 5NY
  • Telephone: 01634 830000
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Kent also has excellent hospice care, both within the hospice wards and in the wider community. You can find out about Kent hospice services in greater detail from our guide to Palliative Care in Kent.

How to find your Local GP

GP services are usually to be the first point of contact for older people who need to discuss their health. You can use the NHS GP Directory to find your nearest GP in Kent by typing in your postcode.

Local Authority Elderly Care Services in Kent

Local authority elderly care services in Kent

Kent County Council are responsible for the provision of all elderly care services in Kent, aside from Medway, where is managed by Medway Council. You can find more information about the adult social care services available from both of these through the details below:

Kent County Council
Medway Council

Booking a Care Needs Assessment in Kent

Care needs assessments are used by the council as a means of working out what help and support a person requires and is eligible for. From there, the council will be able to put you in touch with the appropriate help and give you more information about how to fund care. For more information, look at our guide to Booking a Care Needs Assessment in Kent.

Specialist Mental Health Services for the Elderly in Kent

Speaking to your GP is the first step to take for a referral to specialist mental health services. You may be referred to the Community Mental Health Services for Older People (CMHSOP) team, which operate throughout Kent. You can discover more about the services CMHSOP provide and find your nearest hub on the NHS website.

The NHS advise that it is worth getting in contact with your GP if you have concerns about:

  • mood swings
  • agitation
  • memory loss or confusion
  • withdrawal

You can also search for local mental health support from the Mind charity’s Local Minds service that operates in Kent.

Home Care Services in Kent

Home Care, or Domiciliary Care is professional care provided in the comfort of your own home. These services can allow your elderly relative to maintain the independence of living at home, whilst giving you the peace of mind that they’re being taken care of.

You can use Age Space’s own Home Care Directory to look for suitable home care that’s in your area: