Review written by family member 08/08/2019
"My sister moved to live at Chestnut Lodge in Hildenborough, Tonbridge, Kent after a lifetime living and working as a headmistress in London, to be cared for and also to be near me her only blood relative, in May 2016. It was her choice to move into care before her condition worsened.
She has now been at Chestnut Lodge for just over 3 years and also her Alzheimer's has progressed.
Throughout this time she has been very happy often commenting on how good the food is and especially how nice the staff are. All her needs have been well met. It is a most attractive and welcoming building with a lot of modern improvements and was a hotel before life as a Care Home.
Since Kelly and her staff took over, the management of Chestnut Lodge has got even better and now i feel that Chestnut Lodge supports me as well as my sister. Her Alzheimer's is of course developing and we are slowly losing her. Chestnut Lodge are very aware of her "anxieties" as she passed through this twilight world and also my upset at her gradual deterioration - it is incredibly sad - but my sisters needs are being very well met - she is physically in good health and active and needs stimulation and to feel useful. this aspect is well catered for under the present regime.
I can thoroughly recommend Chestnut Lodge for your own relative and suggest you visit it and talk to the staff to discover how caring they are of every resident's needs and also the needs and support of us relatives/carers require too!
Chestnut Lodge is an excellent and indeed currently "improving" home open to comments and suggestions from visitors at all times and excellently led. A Care Home is a community that needs to be self and mutually supporting and us relatives can help each other along, if you are able to interact with each other as we all travel on this difficult Dementia journey. Meeting other family members experiencing a similar journey to you can be very beneficial. this aspect in particular is now being developed at Chestnut Lodge and will make it an OUTSTANDING Care Home in the very near future under the current leadership team"