An outstanding home in the heart of the Medway towns

Amherst Court in Chatham, Medway, is owned and operated by Avante Care & Support and offers care for older people living with dementia. It is a popular home in the local community and with the most recent CQC inspection retaining its outstanding rating for its fourth year,it is obvious the home is providing more than just good care.

The home boasts beautifully decorated lounges, en-suite bedrooms, Snips hair salon and the recently refurbished Rosie Lee’s café.

Rosie Lee’s is a dementia friendly café open to residents, family members and staff and the general public. The refurbishment includes a theme and menu chosen by the residents at the home. A children’s play area has also been introduced and a children’s menu to encourage families to the café.

The café also supports the care staff with daily activities and events happening across the home, all tailored to each individual’s needs and interests.

The staff and residents are often fund raising to support extra special events and enhance current scheduled activities. A perfect example of this is the recent 50 mile sponsored walk residents and staff took part in, walking alongthe Saxon Shore Way from Medway to Dover to raise money to create a sensory garden and bench in the grounds surrounding the home.

Marie Taylor, Activities Co-ordinator said, ‘We walked a total of 50 miles along the Saxon Shore Coastline. – It was nautical themed fancy dress. We also had the local Army cadets join us for the first part of the walk. We began on the 15 June walking from Rochester Castle to Bobbing. The second walk was on 26 June and it was military themed. We walked from Whitstable to Margate on possibly the windiest day of the year! Due to the weather only staff walked this part of the walk but we celebrated with residents upon our return.

The last part of the walk was from Sandwich to the White Cliffs of Dover which we also linked in with a Gay Pride theme.

We met some lovely people along the way, who donated money and offered support.

We also had inspiration for the garden, including a remembrance bench which we saw in Whitstable which we would love to incorporate as a focal piece at Amherst Court.

On the 10 July we held an after party on the ground floor in the Rosie Lee café to celebrate our achievements and to announce we had raised £2150 from our sponsored walk’.

Since the sponsored walk staff have had meetings with residents to set out a plan for the garden, all based on the residents suggestions and ideas. The coordination of these meetings and plans have all been been supported by Sylvia and Pauline, two residents who now work as volunteers on the reception desk at Amherst Court.