Hillbeck is situated in the beautiful Kent countryside, on the outskirts of the village of Bearsted, near Maidstone. Bearsted is a traditional English village with a number of quaint cottages, village pubs, restaurants as well as a large village green which hosts a variety of sporting and social activities.
- Easy access
- Visitor parking
- Ensuite rooms available
- Home cooked food
- Nurse call system
- Accessible Patio / Sensory Gardens
- Separate lounge and dining rooms
- Security access
- Telephone Points (available in most rooms)
- Television Points (available in most rooms)
- Bath Hoists
- General Hoists
- Internel lift
- Maintenance team
- Dementia Residential Care
- Respite Care
About Hillbeck Care Home
The home began its life as a local doctor's home until 1990 when it was extended and converted into the charming care home that it is today. Charing Healthcare was delighted to acquire Hillbeck in December 2002 and undertook an extensive programme to refurbish the home. Since then Hillbeck has had two extension done to it, one in 2009 and another in 2015 both built to a high specification. The home stands in beautiful grounds, which throughout the year is alive with colourful plants and wildlife. There are several large bright lounge areas, which lead out onto secure patio areas where clients can enjoy the panoramic countryside views and the large sensory, which thrives with plant life.
Hillbeck is currently able to provide accommodation and high quality care for sixty residential clients living with dementia. The majority of rooms have en-suite facilities and there are three twin rooms for couples or friends who wish to share. Some of our rooms have views of the grounds whilst others enjoy views of the countryside. All bedrooms are tastefully decorated and furnished, although clients are welcome to bring in small items of their own furnishings if they so wish.
Along with the main lounge, we have several large bright lounge areas with televisions where residents can enjoy their favourite programmes, participate in activities or simply relax and enjoy the view which overlooks the beautiful grounds. There is ample seating for residents and their visitors. Should clients wish for more privacy, they are welcome to take their visitors to their bedroom.
Clients are encouraged to join in with a wide range of daily activities that include art and craft, weekly films, cookery, bingo, music and movement and therapeutic activities. Outings are periodically arranged for those that are able, for example trips to the seaside and the enjoyment of nearby activities such as a game of cricket or football on the local village green.
Hillbeck is blessed with a wealth of garden space, some of which is used as a large patio area where residents can sit and enjoy the good weather. We have a seperate area where there is a large polly tunnel where residents are encouraged to grow plants and vegetables.
We offer all our clients 3 meals a day, which are breakfast, lunch and high tea, as well as snacks and refreshments throughout the day. we offer a variety of dishes to choose from our menu each day for each meal. Hillbeck has a seasonal menu, which works on a 4 weekly cycle. All our food is freshly brought in, homemade and nutritionally balanced, which we feel is very important. Our menu's may vary slightly depending on the client's needs/likes. Please feel free to look at our Winter Menu.
The staff at Hillbeck are professional, competent, dedicated and caring. Care at Hillbeck is delivered in a sensitive and respectful manner and aims to promote the client's ability. The staff are regularly updating their knowledge and caring skills by attending appropriate training courses.
Our hope for people choosing to come to Hillbeck is that it will become their home and not just the place where they live. We strive to provide a high quality of care within a comfortable environment that feels alive. A move into residential care leads to many changes for both the individual and their families and our aim is to make these changes as painless as possible showing that residential care can be an enjoyable and positive experience.
By Roland W (Nephew of Resident)
I live 250 miles from Hillbeck so having trust and faith in how my 90-year-old aunt was treated was paramount in my thoughts, not as though I could 'pop in' at a moments notice, and I also had local friends who visited regular, so kept me informed as to what was happening. The staff top to bottom were always caring and attentive and kept me informed at all times. I would never have any doubt about recommending Hillbeck Care Home to anyone.
By Mary J (Daughter of Resident)
Very much appreciated the care given and shown to my mother during her time at Hillbeck. All the residents are treated with respect, patience and kindness. Nothing is too much trouble. As a family, we were shown the same kindness and nothing was ever too much trouble for us either. All the staff deserve gold medals.
By B R (Friend of Resident )
My wife and I have been visiting our dear old neighbour in Hillbeck on a weekly basis for the past two years and have always found the management and staff to be polite informative and helpful. My wife and I were instrumental in getting our dear friend placed in the care of Hillbeck after she suffered a really nasty fall and was hospitalized for some 5 weeks overcoming her injuries and loss of memory from her fall. I believe we are in a perfect position to make a sound judgement and assessment of care homes due to the fact that my wife and myself are members of a ukulele band that visits many different care homes around kent entertaining the residents with sing-along sessions, we have probably played in around 30 different care homes and I can honestly say that in our opinion Hillbeck is by far the most spacious, brightest, and enjoyable place to take our band to entertain the residents who along with the staff enjoy these sing-along sessions.
By S W (Volunteer)
My mother was very happy in Hillbrook until her passing in 2013. I stayed on as a volunteer and am still holding that position today with another volunteer.
I have a 92 year old uncle and would gladly recommend him to Hillbeck.
I get on very well with the staff, always get a smile from them. I'm sure my uncle would be very happy at Hillbeck when the time comes.
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By Bryan G (Volunteer )
Having worked in a care home environment for a good few years, I find Hillbeck to be a clean, comfortable home. Friendly staff that I've got to know well and always a happy atmosphere.
By BM (Son of Resident )
Dear Kerry & Heather,
I wanted to express my most sincere thanks for looking after mum so well, especially in her last months before she passed away on 9th July 2018. Before you arrived Kerry, both myself & my family had had serious concerns about the ongoing care of Mum, soon after Mum came to Hillbeck approximately four years ago, to such an extent we considered moving mum somewhere else. We found such a massive improvement in the quality, motivation & attitude, of all your staff since you have taken over Kerry, it was a huge relief for all Mums family. When the time came to choose between Mum staying at Hillbeck or being hospitalised the choice was easy. We had so much confidence with all staff at Hillbeck care home to look after mums complex, specialist needs. Knowing mum was not alone in her last hours is a great comfort. We were extremely pleased to see Brian & Sheila at Mums service, they both add an extra "sparkle" to Hillbeck. Kerry, you have found some wonderful staff & volunteers for which we are extremely grateful, please extend our thanks to them all.
By Fiona (Friend)
Just a note to pass on some positive feedback on my visit to Hillbeck with a view for respite for a friends husband who has early stage dementia. When we arrived there was a staff meeting so a young woman called Sally was asked to show us round. Sally is House Keeper/Receptionist. Having visited two other care homes earlier in the day we both came out of Hillbeck on a high. Sally was very warm and welcoming and is clearly passionate about the service provided by the staff at Hillbeck, stating several times during the tour how each resident is treated as an individual . Sally coped extremely well with a resident who was insistent about going outside, we were very impressed. Please pass on our sincere thanks to Sally and make sure her manager knows how lucky she is to have her on her team.
All the staff we came across during our visit were very smiley and pleasant to each other.
By Peter P (Son of Resident)
My mother's residency in a care home filled me with dread. She is 96 years old, a widow with dementia and macular degeneration. She has been a resident for 2 years and I have watched the interaction between staff/residents with growing admiration when dealing with their needs. The building is bright and the atmosphere is gently vibrant. Singing and laughter is often heard. Much is due to the appointment of the new manager some 18 months ago. Extraordinary effort is taken to stimulate interest and thereby enhance the quality of life of each resident.
By Roland W (Nephew of Resident)
Having the dilemma of your elderly family member suddenly needing permanent full-time safe care is a difficult decision at the best of times. When 250 miles separate the closest members of the family, that decision is much more difficult. Hillbeck Residential Care Home was a recommendation from my relative's neighbour having researched and visited local care homes in the area. One year on my satisfaction is immense. She has a lovely room she calls her 'flat'. Constant Care, medical and personal. Loves the company of the staff and feels the staff love her. The choice to "join in" or not to join in the many events is up to my relative, encouraged but not intimidated. A constantly changing weekly events programme. She enjoys her food, meals she recognised and enjoys, (slowly putting on weight). Constantly kept up to date if and when problems arise, safety and security excellent and with an excellent "engine room" of admin staff who make sure all units function as expected: I can relax feeling that my family member is well cared for so far away at Hillbeck Residential Care Home.
By Sheila R (Daughter of Resident)
My Mum has been at Hillbeck for almost years 6 years. It's such a happy home. All staff are dedicated and caring, ready to help or answer questions at all times. Some may be pushing cleaning trollies, delivering laundry, water just etc., - always busy, but make time for you and always answer Mum if she wants to talk to them. Food is excellent, - nutritious, varied and interesting. Always informed if the Doctor has had to see her. Good variation of entertainment and craftwork - carer very talented. When taking her back to Hillbeck, either by ambulance or taxi, from outings she's tired, always says "Glad to be home"! Means everything to me. Have nothing but praise for all members of staff at Hillbeck - they've made her 'Home'.
By Michael M (Son of Resident)
The management and staff at Hillbeck constantly go the extra mile to ensure that the interests of all their residents take top priority. Mother is now 93, with low-level dementia, and is very comfortable and content in her accommodation. Thank you.
By Roland (Family)
Well done on getting your "Good" rating on your CQC report, its well deserved from what I have seen during my visits. We often read in the daily press about some care homes, which are so bad that they are immediately shut down. However I feel relaxed about J.G being at Hillbeck, knowing its run by an excellent team.
By Esther (Daughter of Resident)
Thank you for taking such good care of Dad, especially in his last few weeks. I would like to say thank you to you all who made Dads last few weeks comfortable and dignified. I really appreciate the care and attention you gave to him.
By Pat & Mike (Daughter in Law & Son of Resident)
A big thank you for the very great care and kindness you have shown in looking after Mum. She really thought of Hillbeck as her home.
By Annie (Daughter of Resident)
To all the wonderful staff at Hillbeck. Thank you for being so loving, caring and attentive to her every need. i don't believe she could have been better loved or looked after anywhere else and Hillbeck really did become home for her. It was always a great relief to my Dad, to know that she was in your kind capable hands and i believe allowed him to pass in piece last year, knowing that she was happy and settled at Hillbeck. I can't praise highly enough the care staff who loved and tendered her this past two years, Thank you.
By Margaret & Muriel (Brother of Resident )
We would like to thank you all for your kindness & caring during my brothers time with you and your exceptional care during his illness, we are truly grateful.
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