Date: 09/09/2008 Category: Social Care
CORRECTION: The original news releases stated that Copperfields, Strood was an excellent care home for older people. It is an excellent home, but for young people with disabilities. Six care homes that support older people in Medway have been rated as excellent by the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI). The excellent homes are Frindsbury Hall, Strood; Byron Lodge, Gillingham; Friston House, Rochester; Nelson Court, Chatham; Pembroke House, Gillingham, and Valley View, Rochester. Nelson Court is managed by the council; all the others are in the independent sector. This financial year, Byron Lodge, Valley View and Friston House all received more than grants from the council to make improvements. The money was invested in new chairs and pressure-relieving mattresses. Nelson Court also received a grant to re-decorate and upgrade all communal areas and private rooms, including lighting and flooring. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adult Services Cllr Tom Mason visited Pembroke House and Nelson Court last week to meet the staff and residents, and find out exactly what makes them home from home for the residents. Cllr Mason said: “The number of care homes in Medway rated as good or excellent is very high and I’m pleased to hear this. “The council is committed to people staying in their homes for as long as possible. However, when people feel it is necessary to move into a care home, we are proud to say that we have a number of homes providing excellent services in Medway.” Pembroke House care and nursing home is a 50-bed care home that caters for former Royal Naval and Royal Marine personnel and their widows. The council funds about 13 people in this home. Nelson Court is a care home with 28 places that supports older people with dementia.