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Kingsdown House

Specialism: Adults with Learning Disability, autism, and behavior that may challenge.

Details of Vacancies: There are currently no vacancies at Kingsdown House.

Type of Service: 24-hour registered Care

Age Range: 18 plus

Current Profile of Service: Kingsdown offers support for up to 9 residents. The home is a detached two storey property with all ensuite bedrooms on both floors. There are two communal lounges, dining room and garden with sensory cabin.

Hours Provided: The home is staffed 24 hours a day with two waking night staff are on duty through the night.

Focus of Service: Kingsdown seeks to enable each resident to have opportunity to build meaningful active lifestyles. We will support individuals to engage with their environment and make choices about their lives.

Staff encouraged people to undertake activities and supported them to become more independent. Staff spent time engaging people in conversations and spoke to them politely and respectfully.

People’s care plans contained information about their personal preferences and focussed on individual needs. People and those closest to them were involved in regular reviews to ensure the support provided continued to meet their needs.

People were able to make choices about the food and drink they had, and staff gave support when required.

Care Quality Commission report, 2016

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Kingsdown House has a large lounge, as well as a smaller lounge/music room, and a dining room with access to the garden. The kitchen is accessible to all service users and they are encouraged to take part in independence skills sessions there and in the home’s laundry.

There are three en suite bedrooms on the ground floor as well as a communal bathroom with a bath, providing an alternative to en suite wet rooms or showers. The first floor has six en suite bedrooms, one with an additional room that can be used as a lounge or a sensory/activity room. There is also a medication room, where service users are individually supported to take prescribed medication.

The garden has recently been redesigned as a sensory garden with raised seating and raised sensory planting. The garden also has a lower patio area and a raised section and a sensory/activity room, with heating and lighting for year-round use.

Main access to the property is via a few steps, with a hand rail on either side, to the front door. There is also access via a ramp to the side of the property and to the rear garden for individuals with mobility issues.Strood town centre is about ten minutes walk from Kingsdown House. There is a bus stop nearby and a train station about a mile away.

Each service user has an individual activity plan tailored around their likes and dislikes and staff are happy to look into enabling any other activities that they would like to take part in but which are not currently available.

In-house activities include gardening, cooking and other independence skills, art and craft sessions, sensory sessions, games and puzzles, DVD nights and music sessions. There are regular reflexology and chiropody sessions and service users enjoy using the Wii and Wii Fit and playing interactive games on the home’s PlayStation 3.

Outside the home, service users take part in activities including key skills teaching in the community, personal shopping and banking, visits to the library and to local restaurants and pubs and attending places of worship. Others include bowling, horse riding, attending various clubs and groups – including the Hermione Club, for people with a disability in the Medway area, a local Mencap group and the M.A.P.S. service for people with learning and/or physical disabilities – coffee mornings and attending local discos.

Andy is the service manager at Kingsdowne House he is supported by a team who are committed to improving their skills through training and gaining recognised qualifications. Staff hold level 2 and 3 diplomas. Many staff have particular interest in communication and autism and have participated in “intensive Interaction training”.

Paul and Rachel from Kingsdown House enjoy a star-studded musical show

Paul and Rachel from Kingsdown House recently went to see the theatre musical ‘Dreamgirls’ in London. They had both requested a trip to see the show, and with support from their senior support worker Tasha, they ordered tickets online and were supported to take the train from Strood.

Kingsdown House throw a party in the “glorious” sunshine for Care Home Open Day

Kingsdown House, our residential service in Strood, held an event on a hot summer’s day in June as part of Care Home Open Day.

Railway room makeover for Sean from Kingsdown House

Kingsdown House service in Strood, Kent, is going the extra mile to support a young man with autism who is fascinated by trains.

Reunion with family friends brings joy to Rachel from Kingsdown House

Rachel Fuller’s life has just taken a turn for the better since she’s been reunited with long-standing family friends.

Contact Kingsdown House

  • 46 Goddington Road, Strood, Kent ME2 3DE
  • 01634 717 084
  • 01634 717 061
  • Manager: Andy Jupp
  • Locality Manager: Linda Ribbands

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