Rivermere Retirement and Care Home

64-70 Westerham Road
Bessels Green
TN13 2PZ


Profile Strength
Very Good 78%
Care Type Care Home
Care Category Dementia | Respite | Residential
Availability Yes
Regulator's Rating Good
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Meet The Manager

Sue Simmonds is Home Manager at Rivermere Retirement and Care Home.

Rivermere Care Home was taken over by Avery Healthcare at the start of 2017 and we have quickly set about transforming the fortunes of the home, bringing the home into line with our exemplary standards and overarching care philosophy. It is this approach that has won us two major awards in 2016 and the respect of many within the care sector.

Rivermere enjoys a pleasant situation close to the town of Sevenoaks, right next to Chipstead Lakes, on the edge of the Kent Weald, and easily accessible from both the M25 and M26. The home itself, surrounded by mature trees and garden offers an opulent feel and a care environment where staff are dedicated to the holistic well-being of the residents.

Care Options We Can Provide
Support For Companionship, Convalescence, End of Life, Independent Living, Palliative, Personal care, Rehabilitation.
Disability Support Hearing Impairment, Physical Disability, Physically Frail, Speech Impairment, Visual Impairment, Walking Frame, Wheel Chair Bound.
Medication By Mouth.
Type Of Dementia Mild Dementia, Moderate Dementia.
Dementia Behaviour Wandering .
Dementia Specialisms Alzheimer's, Frontotemporal, Lewy Body, Mixed Dementias, Vascular Dementia.
Respite Care Yes
Minimum Age

Admission Category Support For
LGBTQ Welcome Yes
Our Building and Facilities

All bedrooms, which vary in size and type, including suites for couples, are light and roomy and have an en-suite wet room and kitchenette; Although the rooms are fully furnished, residents are encouraged to personalise their rooms as they please. A spacious atrium with feature chandelier and sweeping staircase leads on to an open-plan area which includes a bistro cum cafe, bar, lounge and dining room. Here is where most of our residents like to congregate.  There is also a hair and beauty salon with manicure and therapy room. On the first floor there is a lounge, where small groups or clubs can meet, a library as well as a cinema room and exercise room.

The second floor is dedicated to dementia care with its own dining room, lounges, Cosy Corner Tea Room and activity area leading onto a spacious and safe patio area. 

Is Our Home Purpose Built

The Year Our Home Was Built
1 Jan 2009

How Many Floors We Have

Who Owns Our Building

Communal Rooms
Activities Room, Bar / Pub, Bistro, Coffee Shop / Café, Conservatory, Dining Rooms, Library, Sitting Rooms, TV Lounges.

What Else Do We Provide
Assisted Bathroom, Beauty Salon, Cinema, Coffee Shop, GP, Gym, Hairdressers, Library, Lift, Minibus, Overnight Guest Stay, Physiotherapy.

Our Garden
Communal Garden, Communal Patio, Scenic Views, Seating, Secure Garden, Sensory Garden, Summer House, Wheelchair Friendly Access.

How 'Smart' Are We?
Individual Heating Controls.

Rivermere brochure.pdf Well Being Brochure.pdf

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All bedrooms are light and roomy and have an en-suite wet room; residents are encouraged to personalise their rooms as they please.

About Our Rooms
Number Of Rooms 102
Number Of Ensuite Rooms 81

Type Of Room
Double Room, Single Room.

Room Features
Direct Garden Access, Furnished, Garden View, Step Free Access.

Room Facilities
Alarm, Freeview TV, Internet Access, Secure Access, Telephone Point.

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We offer both Residential and Dementia Care provided by our trained staff.  

The Importance Of Meal Times

You are what you eat and at Rivermere we take food seriously, while making meal times fun and enjoyable occasions for our diners. There is always a wide variety of nutritional choices at all three meals of the day, which are cooked on the premises, from fresh and seasonal ingredients whenever possible.

We like to mark special days – haggis on Burns Night, lots of green food for St Patrick’s Day, home-grown pumpkin pie at Hallowe’en, for instance. From time to time we help residents organise takeaways which they enjoy on their laps with a good film on the screen.

Throughout the day a range of freshly baked cakes and pastries, savoury snacks, fruit and drinks are available. Birthdays and anniversaries deserve special attention and our team enjoys making cakes and treats for those days, when relatives are more than welcome. There is a private dining room as well, if you want to have friends and family to yourself.

We Serve Food At
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch.

Dietary Options
Diabetic, Pureed, Vegan, Vegetarian.

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Activities Are So Important

Minds and bodies are kept active with daily quizzes, scrabble and crosswords, listening to speakers on the history of teapots, conservation or the local history of Sevenoaks, with musical exercise, a game of croquet, or gardening. The words that find their way on to the giant Scrabble board are often a talking point and the keen Scrabble teams like pitting their wits in tournaments against other neighbouring homes. An active gardening club enjoys growing flowers and vegetables in the raised beds.

Everyone pulls together to make our open days and fetes great successes. Residents are happy to contribute to the wider community by raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society and local charities. They also appreciate a wide variety of musical entertainment from harp music, to jazz and Elvis Presley and like to participate in the special themed events we put on. Tea at the Ritz is the next one, I think. Very best dresses and suits for that one, then!

As we have our own minibus, we often get out and about. We are spoilt for choice in the abundance of nearby castles and gardens, but the seaside, garden centres and the theatre also prove popular places to visit.

We encourage friends and families to be as connected as they would like to be, and we invite them to our regular councils. The more the communication, the better the care and attention.

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Activities At Home
1 to 1 Activities, Animal Petting, Birthday Celebrations, Board Games, Card Games, Choir, Cooking, Crafts, Crosswords, Dancing, Excursions, Exercise Class, Gardening, Music, Painting, Pet Therapy, Pilates, Quiz Games, Reminiscence, Singing, Themed Events, Visiting Entertainment, Word Games, Yoga.

Activities Outside Our Home
Garden Centre, Local Tourist Attractions, Park, Shopping, Theatre.
Our Pets

Pets by arrangement.

64-70 Westerham Road
Bessels Green
TN13 2PZ

Regulator: CQC

Category Rating
Overall Good
Safe Requires Improvement
Well Led Good
Caring Good
Responsive Good
Effective Good
Read More https://api.cqc.org.uk/public/v1/reports/7e441a87-777a-4d37-991f-d68a3fc83f2d
Report Published 25th January 2018
Registration Date 1st March 2017
Bus Stop nearby, Car Park on-site, Train Station nearby.

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Frequently asked questions about Rivermere Retirement and Care Home

Rivermere Retirement and Care Home was given an overall rating of "Good" by the CQC in January 2018.
Rivermere Retirement and Care Home provides Dementia, Respite and Residential care.
Rivermere Retirement and Care Home has 102 rooms.
Rivermere Retirement and Care Home is owned by Avery.
Yes. Rivermere Retirement and Care Home does offer Residential care.
Yes. Rivermere Retirement and Care Home does offer Respite care.
Yes. Rivermere Retirement and Care Home does provide care for people with Dementia.
Rivermere Retirement and Care Home comes under Kent.
Sue Simmonds is the manager of Rivermere Retirement and Care Home.

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