About this service
Ashford Lodge is in the attractive village of Chilham, which is seven miles from Canterbury. There are two large lounges and a large dining room with access to the garden. Service users are encouraged to use the kitchen for one-to-one independent living skills sessions. The service also has a ground floor communal shower and toilet and a fully equipped laundry, where service users are able to spend structured time, with staff support, to participate in managing their laundry.
The main house has eight en suite rooms set over three floors – one on the ground floor, five on the first floor and two open plan, en suite studios on the second floor, which have kitchen, lounge and bedroom areas. A detached annexe in the grounds provides a self-contained kitchen, lounge, bedroom and has its own garden. The main garden includes a vegetable patch, where service users are supported to grow herbs and vegetables for use in cooking. A sensory/activity room is also located in the garden.
What we offer
Each service user has an individual activity plan tailored around their likes and dislikes to ensure that they participate in meaningful activities. In-house activities include cookery, creative arts and sensory sessions, games and puzzles, Wii activities, pamper sessions and visits by an aromatherapist.
Service users are able to take part in life skills, music and other courses at Harrington College and in life skills courses at Ashford College. We also support other service users to attend centres taking part in courses including ASDAN’S Working Towards Independence courses and cookery, animal care and computer courses. Other activities include trampolining, a charity garden project, hydrotherapy and day visits to Harbledown and Elham Valley, a working vineyard, where one service user is involved in pottery classes.
Service users enjoy local walks, eating out, going on personal shopping trips and attending a monthly disco in Folkestone.
Meet the team
Gemma is supported by her team at Ashford Lodge who have over 80 years of experience between them. Most of the staff have NVQ levels 2 & 3 in social care and bring with them experience of working with varying degrees of needs both within the health and social care sector.
From an independent CQC report, 2016:
‘Staff were supported during their induction, monitored and assessed to check that they had attained the right skills and knowledge to be able to care for, support and meet people’s needs. When staff had completed induction training they had gone on to complete other training provided by the organisation. There was also training for staff in areas that were specific to the needs of people, like epilepsy and autism. There were staff meetings, so staff could discuss any issues and share new ideas with their colleagues, to improve people’s care and lives.’
ABBA Tribute to celebrate life of Ashford Lodge’s Mark Watts
The life of a Mark, has been celebrated by family and the friends with an Abba-themed party in his honour.