Charing House is known in the area as being the former Municipal Buildings, Canterbury Street and has been tastefully converted into a Care and Nursing Home to an extremely high specification whilst retaining its original architectural beauty. The Home stands in its own grounds and has the added benefit of being adjacent to Gillingham Park. There is a good bus service with a bus stop immediately outside the Home, less than a mile away is the train station. There are a variety of shops just 5 minutes walk away.
- Private Access to Gillingham Park
- Fire Sprinkler System Throughout the Home
- Hydrotherapy Room
- Multi Denomination Prayer Room
- Hairdressing Salon
- All Rooms with Ensuite Facilities
- Library/Quiet Rooms on each Floor
- Lounges and Dining Rooms on each Floor
- Large Communal Lounge for Special Occasions
- Board Room for Multi Professional Meetings
- Safe and Secure Outside Areas
- Roof Garden
- Court Yards
- Planting Areas for Clients
- Sensory Room
- 50's Room
- Maintenance Team
- Residential Care
- Dementia Care
- Nursing Care
- Continuing Care
- Respite Care
- Learning Physical Disability Care
About Charing House Care & Nursing Home
Opened in 2010, our care home in Gillingham has 88 beds divided into 5 separate wings, all of which are named after former mayors and lady mayors of Gillingham: Bessie Parr, William Griffin, George Smith, Freddie Cooper and Barry Hodgman. Thanks to this layout, we are able to provide residential, dementia, nursing, learning disability and physical disability care within a safe environment.
At Charing House, we provide personalised care that is tailored to meet the needs of individual residents. Every resident in our care is treated with dignity and respect at all times, and made to feel as comfortable as possible.
To provide our residents with a home-from-home experience and make it easier for them to settle in, we encourage residents to bring their own pets from home wherever possible but this is at the discretion of the Manager. We also encourage residents to bring in items of their own to personalise their rooms. To help our residents make new social connections, as well as to promote physical and mental well-being, we encourage them to take part in the wide range of activities that we organise. Please feel free to take a look at a weekly planner which we have put together by way of an example.
Every member of staff at Charing House Care and Nursing Home in Gillingham has completed extensive training in first aid, safe handling of food, moving & handling, fire awareness, best infection control practices and the specific skills needed to care for those living with dementia as well as completing many other relevant training courses on a regular basis. Our staff members are fully qualified and dedicated professionals, committed to providing the highest level of care possible to all residents.
We have a passenger lift to all floors for those who are unable to manage stairs and we also have a separate service lift. Charing House Care and Nursing Home in Gillingham has been designed to provide easy wheelchair access to all rooms, and all bathrooms contain either a static bath or a shower tray and are large enough to accommodate lifting aids. We also have a wide variety of specialist equipment, enabling us to provide the best care possible to all residents. All rooms are fitted with a nurse call system, with pressure mats in some rooms which are linked to the call system, aerial point, and a suite of furniture, including a lockable cabinet where valuables can be stored. The home benefits from a large courtyard patio area where residents can go out and enjoy the good weather. Within the courtyard, there are raised flower beds where residents can plant their own flowers and a pagoda, which provides excellent shelter from the sun. Within each wing of the care home is a library/quiet room should residents prefer to relax in a peaceful area. We also have a hairdressing salon that is used when our professional hairdresser visits.
Food & Drink
We provide 3 meals a day – breakfast, lunch and high tea – along with snacks and refreshments throughout the day. Residents can choose what they like from our seasonal menu, which includes a variety of dishes for each meal and operates on a 4-week cycle. All food is freshly brought in, home-made and nutritionally balanced. Our menus can be adapted to meet the specific dietary needs of individual residents. Our menu's may vary slightly depending on the client's needs/likes. Please feel free to take a look at our Summer Menu.
By Andrew S (Son of Resident ) 29/04/2020, Charing House Care & Nursing Home in Gillingham
The staff at Charing House Care & Nursing Home are great, they treat my Mum as they would their own. I go about my day knowing that she is being well cared for. The home is maintained to a good standard and there are no offensive smells. The home encourages my Mum to participate in the activities, which keep her active and they let me know if there are any changes to her health. Thank you for all your hard work.
By George W (Son of Resident) 28/11/2019, Charing House Care & Nursing Home in Gillingham
This is an excellent home. The home is beautifully decorated throughout and has a homely feel to it from the moment you walk through the front door. The staff are great if ever I have any questions about my Dad's care, medication etc someone is always there to help. Thank you, everyone, at Charing House.
By S J (Daughter of Resident) 31/10/2019, Charing House Care & Nursing Home in Gillingham
We saw several care homes before choosing Charing House. The home has an inviting warm feel to it and the staff are always helpful. Activities take place throughout the week, as well as outside entertainment coming into the home. Mum's room is kept clean and tidy and the food is good.
By Doreen C (Daughter of Resident) 13/02/2019, Charing House Care & Nursing Home in Gillingham
I found Charing House excellent. Very caring staff and lovely and clean. Would recommend to anyone.
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By Jennifer W (Daughter of Resident) 18/01/2019, Charing House Care & Nursing Home in Gillingham
I cannot praise this home enough. My mother was there for seven years so it is not a snap decision. She exceptionally well cared for every day. The home organised trips and activities for the able and visiting activities for the less able. The home is always very clean and tidy. The food is very good. The staff are always eager to please very caring.
We found this home by chance and we count our blessings every day.
By Verity (Daughter of Resident) 17/01/2019, Charing House Care & Nursing Home in Gillingham
I have been pleased with how C/H has swiftly helped in the transition of Hospital to nursing home and the standard of care given to my mother.The staff and nurses, including the carers the kitchen staff, cleaners and laundry staff have helped in providing a high level of work ethic and respect surrounding my mother's needs. I cannot thank you enough for allowing the rest of the family to be engaged on a daily basis with my mother, thank you.
By Eve S (Daughter of Resident) 11/12/2018, Charing House Care & Nursing Home in Gillingham
I can't speak highly enough of Charing House. Firstly it's a beautiful building, very clean, warm and well furnished. Secondly, the care provided is exceptional. In these days of negative reports and concerns about care homes, I feel lucky to have found a place for my Mum at Charing House. She was happy there and was extremely well cared for. The staff treated her with respect and dignity and always took her preferences into account when entering her room. I have been kept well informed of her well being especially towards the end of her days.
By M.M (Daughter of Resident) 04/12/2018, Charing House Care & Nursing Home in Gillingham
I find Charing House very good. All staff are very good, pleasant and caring.
By R.D (Husband of Resident) 26/11/2018, Charing House Care & Nursing Home in Gillingham
The present team on the George Smith are efficient, work well together, caring and my wife responds to them.
Overall I am very pleased with my wife's care. The activity team are introducing new ideas.
By P G (Daughter of Resident) 24/07/2018, Charing House Care & Nursing Home in Gillingham
Mum was only in Charing House for a few weeks for end of life care. She was looked after so well. Staff were kind and efficient on the occasions I saw them interact with mum. The home is lovely, beautifully laid out and the rooms very pleasant and peaceful. Senior staff always had time to update on mum's condition. A good, comfortable place to end her days.
By Roy G (Son of Resident) 08/06/2018, Charing House Care & Nursing Home in Gillingham
Mum moved into the home in February 2012 until she passed away on 22 May 2018. She was always treated with kindness and dignity even at the very end. The management and carers provided an excellent service during her stay.
By John H (Son of Resident) 18/05/2018, Charing House Care & Nursing Home in Gillingham
We feel that the home we have chosen is a very well kept and maintained home. The staff are very friendly and accommodating. Management is very approachable and nothing is too much trouble.
By Lesley B (Daughter of Resident) 08/05/2018, Charing House Care & Nursing Home in Gillingham
All the staff are excellent. They are kind, compassionate and professional. They cared for my dad right up to the very end and even after he died (last night).
By Family (Family of Resident) 14/04/2018, Charing House Care & Nursing Home in Gillingham
We would like to thank you and your team on the nursing wing for the care and respect that you provided to our father for the short time he was with you. Your team were exemplary in the level of tenderness that they showed him and professionalism in the way in which they went about their duties.
By Family (Family of Resident) 31/03/2018, Charing House Care & Nursing Home in Gillingham
I wanted to write and thank you and all your staff at Charing House Care Home for the care that you gave to my Mum, while she was with you. I know you all made her as comfortable as possible. She was always telling me how good everyone was and how well she was looked after. I have told the doctor that I would not hesitate to recommend Charing House to anyone.
By Kathryn N (Daughter of Resident) 26/07/2017, Charing House Care & Nursing Home in Gillingham
My mother was extremely well cared for during her three years in nursing care in Charing House. Everyone did their very best to address her needs and I will always be grateful for the care she received. Thank you to everyone - you looked after Mum really well.
By Tony S (Son of Resident) 19/07/2017, Charing House Care & Nursing Home in Gillingham
Our Dads home was Charing House, Gillingham for the last 3 years of his life. He was not only cared for but he was loved by the members of staff as though they were his own family. Each time we took him out for days, upon return, he would always comment "I Love It Here". The meals and snacks are varied and of an exceptionally high standard, we know this as we have always been welcome to take a meal with Dad. We first introduced Dad to the home as a 5* Hotel to settle him in. This would be the same today as the food, snacks, facilities, cleanliness, hygiene and above all the Staff are of an exceptionally high standard. All of Dads family would highly recommend this home to anyone that has Dementia.
By Elizabeth. D (Daughter of Resident) 04/11/2016, Charing House Care & Nursing Home in Gillingham
My mother was a resident at Charing House for almost 5 years during which time her family visited regularly and we were always pleased to see how well cared for and happy she was. All of the staff were pleasant and couldn't do enough for her, especially in the last weeks of her life when she was treated with the utmost dignity and respect, for which we are extremely grateful. We would highly recommend this care home.
By John H (Son-in-Law of Resident) 28/09/2016, Charing House Care & Nursing Home in Gillingham
Set in the original Municipal Buildings, Charing House is directly adjacent to Gillingham Park and therefore gives a relaxing outlook from many of the residents' rooms and also the facility for residents to be able to walk with their families around the park, if sufficiently mobile to do so. In our opinion, care is of a high standard at Charing House and we have been very happy with how our loved one is treated. We would highly recommend this care home to others seeking a clean, caring and dignified environment for their relative.
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