Pet Policy

Pet PolicyHale Place has had pets at the home since 1988 which have included dogs, cats, rabbits, tortoises and budgies. The joy, love and affection that has been derived from them has been immeasurable with residents benefiting from therapeutic qualities as a result of interaction, petting and caring.

We, also, encourage individuals to bring their pets with them when entering our homes because a resident’s much-loved animal is an integral part of their life. We encourage people to care for their pet, this provides structure to their day: a reason to get up in the morning to check and feed their pet, and perhaps also to groom or exercise it.

Research has confirmed that pets provide both physical and psychological benefits and can be an effective antidote to loneliness. The primary benefit to our service users is one of companionship and emotional attachment.  Many of our residents interact with the homes pets on a daily basis and care for them as their own.

Other Benefits of Pets

  • Companionship and loyalty
  • The alleviation of loneliness and depression
  • Reduced stress
  • The stability of a daily routine
  • Increased exercise
  • Better health
  • A feeling of security
  • Improved recovery after illness

Find out more about the Hale Place Care Homes here or by contacting a member of our team..

Testimonials

That’s AMAZING Kevin – but I’m not surprised

Please pass on congratulations to Vicky, Carol and the team from Mum and I

Sarah Coren

Dear Kevin, congratulations to you and your staff for winning such a prestigious award, so well deserved;  I have very fond memories of you all during my sister’s stay at Hale Place.  With every good wish Ann

Ann Serfaty

My mum recently became one of your residents and I just wanted to say that all the reports I have had from my sisters (all 5 of them) have been very positive. I like your site too and look forward to seeing photos of your next outings hopefully with Marion in some of them . We live out in New Zealand so don’t get the opportunity to pop back but have weekly updates. Once again Thanks and keep up the good work I know Mum will appreciate it as well as the rest of the family.

Will Calver

“I have had dealings with this care home whilst working for the Acute Trust and the care and service they provide to their residents has always been excellent. The staff are always helpful and knowledgeable of their clients. I would recommend this home.”

Amanda Hodgson (Registered Nurse Maidstone Hospital)

Morning Kevin and the whole gang

Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations! You really deserve it, the care you all give is unbelievable, we think and talk about you all often, we will never forget what you did for Nelly and us all.

Love lots forever

Madeleine and whole family xxxx

Madeleine Jenner

Hale Place more than exceeded our expectations in restoring Mum’s dignity and zest for life. We will be forever indebted for this and the prolonged life filled with fun and laughter that it inspired.

What comfort it also gave to Pam’s family, to know that they could come and see her whenever we were able and be sure to find her happy & comfortable.

Above all, we would like to thank staff for their unfailing personal care and attention given to Pam over the years. We know that this loving environment is at the heart of the Hale Place philosophy and the reason why it richly deserves all the outstanding accolades it receives.

Peter & Sheila Smith

Dear Kevin and all the wonderful staff

It’s very difficult to find the words to convey our immense gratitude to you all for all the wonderful care you gave our mum, Marion.
During the past 18 months in your care we,as a family, know that you gave mum the best care we could have hoped for. We felt reassured that se was genuinely being properly looked after whilst also being encouraged to remain as independent as possible.

Thank you for your patience (we know bath times were not easy). Thank you for always making us welcome, we could just pop in and see mum whenever.

We’d like to thank each one of you personally for making mum’s stay at Hale Place so contented, each one of you is so professional in your work.
mum was a very special lady and we know that she received the very special care that she deserved.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

With love and best wishes

Claire Stevens

That’s brilliant news Kevin, well done to you and the team.

Gill Howgate

Hi Kevin

I’m sorry you don’t know me but I along with my wife visited Hale Place today as we are looking for a care home for my 90yr old father with dementia.

The reason we came to you is that we have done the rounds of these massive care homes like BUPA etc. and there was always something missing !!! I couldn’t put my finger on what was missing and they all seemed a little “institutional”

Today when we arrived at Hale Place I found what was missing. Passion and care !!!!!!.

Vikki, who we had an appointment with at  1030, made us wait ten minutes. Not because she was dealing with admin or phone calls but because she was caring for residents, the unit manager was caring for residents, this I had not seen before.

No sales person but a real caring, passionate, lady who has the respect of her staff and is a joy to be with.

I loved your houses and was shown all the accommodation.

I would love to have my father stay with you as I know that he would be happy there and I would be able to sleep nights knowing that he was in such a caring and loving environment.

Thank you for giving us the chance to look at your establishment and to meet the fabulous Vikki.

Kindest regards

Paul Dickens

Dear Kevin

Congratulations, fantastic news!!

This award couldn’t have gone to a more deserving Care Team, you must all be so happy and proud, well done.

Very best wishes

Warmest regards to you all,

Julia Gaule

I cannot find enough words to express my gratitude for all the love and care you gave to my mother. During her six years at Hale Place, you devoted time and attention to her and provided a homely and loving environment. Nothing was ever too much trouble and above all, you made her so very happy and for all this I will be eternally grateful. You are all absolutely amazing and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Julia Gaule

We are newcomers to Hale Place but I have to say that my family and I have been overwhelmed by the professionalism, kindness and friendliness of absolutely everyone we have met. 

The change in my mum has been astonishing and I only regret not having made the decision to move her closer to us before.

Andrew Main

I would like to reiterate our thanks for everything that you have done for my Mum since she has been with you. It made a very difficult period somewhat easier when she moved to Hale Place as you have a great team of staff there.

Clive

We have been with HP now for around 4 years and cannot praise them enough.

This really is a home from home. Both the residents and relatives are cared for and made welcome at all times. Since coming to stay at HP mum has enjoyed all sorts of outings and activities and even though she doesn’t really understand what’s going on around her anymore is always happy and smiling.

The family are always made to feel welcome and even our children like coming to visit Grandma in HP. HP regularly organise family events and these are always a treat, we see first hand how good the care is and how well our family members are being looked after. What an amazing place! We highly recommend HP and everything it is doing. Well done to everyone there.

Karen Clark (Relative)

Kevin,

Please pass on our congratulations to all concerned, a really significant achievement and thoroughly deserved. I hope you opened a bottle of bubbles!

Regards

Ian and Judith Manners

Dear Kevin,
 
What wonderful news! It couldn’t be more deserved. You have the most amazing staff – they are a gift to us all. Do congratulate them on our behalf.
 
Many, many thanks for all your support over the years. We feel very fortunate to have found you.
 
Kind regards.

Stephanie Hayward

I would like to express my thanks to all the fabulous caring staff that looked after my friend Eileen. This home is a wonderful place and really is like your own home. Nothing is too much trouble for the friendly staff. It is clean and comfortable. Eileen’s room was really lovely. A lovely bright airy lounge and conservatory and fabulous garden. I know Eileen would like me to express her thanks and gratitude for making her stay with you over the last few years a happy one.

Mary Smith

Good morning Kevin, that is fab news, please say congrats to Vikki and the team from the Clark family – a justly deserved award. 

Well done to everyone for creating such a happy and successful operation.  I know that Lilly, if she was aware, and all of us in the family are hugely impressed and thankful that we can be a part of the Hale Place organisation.

Kind regards.

Karen Clark

Congratulations Kevin and Vikki , that’s a great accomplishment!

Your care commission report was very impressive indeed : I had taken a good look t it a week back ,so great to share the good news!:)

Best wishes

Caroline Taluy

I cannot commend the staff & team of Hale Place enough for their dedication and hard work, ensuring that a high level of care is delivered to all their residents. My grandmother is very settled here.

Tessa McGurk (Granddaughter of Resident)

Dear Kevin and the wonderful staff at Hale Place – What fantastic care you gave Joan, even in her confused state; she managed a ‘thank you’ to all the staff for helping her. It was genuine kindness and Joan knew it.

I would recommend Hale Place to anyone looking for a care home. At Hale Place, they had a friendly, caring manner. They always phone you back instantly. Kevin rang me back and told me there was a place for Joan, for a week at Christmas. When I collected Joan after Christmas, I found her so happy she didn’t want to go home. I could see Joan was much better off at Hale Place.

Until 3 days before she died, Joan wanted to be with the other residents and staff. Joan really thought all the staff and residents were her family. That’s because your home is happy, caring, fun and everyone laughs at life! Dementia homes should all be like yours, unfortunately, they’re not. Where else in Kent would you find dementia residents having nail vanish applied to their hands and feet, their hair done and stimulated with activities every week.

You have an excellent ratio of staff to residents, this is very important when choosing a care home. Hale Place is a HOME not an institution with rules everywhere…the staff do such good personal care for our loved ones, they are all saints in my book. It is the staff who create the atmosphere in the home and long may it continue being caring and happy with everyone being able to laugh at life.

Sonia Boakes – TMBC, Counsellor

We had a lovely visit today that your carer Jess was in on.

…….. was in the group in the lounge and became anxious and confused about a missing cardigan. Jen and me had both tried to calm and reassure her over a few minutes without success. When Jess became aware of it she took time out to listen to …….. and Jess’s calm demeanour and thoughtful and measured response de-escalated her mood and pacing entirely. It was a masterclass in patience, understanding and empathy.

I’m sure great carers deliver hundreds of interventions like this in the course of their work that no one ever sees. I don’t see that many though and this one really moved me.

Jenny and Tim Garlick

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A masterclass in patience

Hi Kevin

As the temperature soars again here in London I would be grateful if you could pass on my thanks to the staff at Hale Place for the way they looked after the residents during the heatwave that we have been experiencing.

The importance of hydration of the elderly in general and mum in particular has always been an important issue for me.

But, sadly, as hospital admissions during the recent hot weather have demonstrated again, a lot of people still don’t.

So you can imagine how glad I was to realise that keeping the residents of Hale Place “well-watered” was clearly a top priority every day the temperature soared into the high Seventies and Eighties.

It was clear the staff understood the importance of this issue – and as a result were making even greater efforts than usual in heat that left me unable to do much more than sit and drink!

I know this is not something that a lot of people think about but it is important and I just wanted to record my appreciation of the hard work the staff put in to ensure that none of the residents suffered as a result of the extreme weather.

Thanks again and kind regards

Denis Hall

Dear Kevin

We are delighted to hear that what we knew has been confirmed by higher authority.  No one could have been more lovingly looked after then Audrey was under your care

Our good wishes to you and all your kindly excellent helpers.

Joan & Sydney Simmons

I am an independent visitor delivering activities to stimulate residents both mentally and physically. We meet either in the Church Hall or one of the Lounges at the home. I have always received a warm and friendly welcome from both residents and staff.  Whether it is me or my bright yellow polo shirt they recognise I am not sure, but to see their smiles and waves is enough to know they are happy. I have a program set but occasionally their enthusiasm and cheekiness sends us down another path and at the end of the hour I come out having been motivated both mentally and physically by them.

Wendy Anderson Motivation and Co

Congratulations to all the team at Hale Place, especially Vicky and Carol. I am not surprised to hear of your recognition for excellent care as I was so pleased with everything you did for my late mother, Violet Ellix, especially during her last few days. Whenever anyone asks me about residential care for dementia patients, I recommend you without hesitation and am so pleased to hear that you continue to provide such a professional, dedicated and personal  service to those in your care.  Congratulations again.

Jane Gardner

From the moment we first met Carol, we, and Audrey, have had nothing but goodness and kindness from all of the Hale Place staff . As you know, she can be less than easy to deal with and the patience and friendliness that everyone showed her, in most trying circumstances, has amazed us. Coming to be cared for by you has been the luckiest thing that could have happened for her. Your patience and kindness will never be forgotten by Audrey’s family, thank you all.  We hope everything goes well with all our friends at Hale Place and we will keep in touch with you even though Audrey will not be there.

Joan & Sydney

Dear ALL,

Congratulations for winning the awards you all deserve them.

Michael Collins

“It was a great privilege to be one of the judges awarding Hale Place the Quality of Care Award for 2014.
Kevin is a fantastic leader and has created an incredibly motivated team. I was very struck by the commitment, professionalism and caring demonstrated by all of the staff working at Hale Place.
Best wishes”

Samantha Riley, Director of Insight NHS England

Huge well done to you and your team on the Care Award. You know how I feel about the Hale Place team, it is richly deserved,

best wishes.

Alison Barnes

My mother seems to have defied science by becoming your longest ever resident having just passed her 9th anniversary with Hale Place. When she first moved to Hale Place with Alzheimer’s, the prognosis was that she was not expected to survive for long. However, within weeks she had regained her physical capacity and her sense of humour and through the expert care and amenities at Hale Place she was able to turn the clock back. She is nearly 92 and whilst she has started to decline again in recent months, Hale Place has achieved everything we could have hoped for my mother, namely a happy and dignified last lap in her live.

Peter Smith

Congratulations to you all, I am not at all surprised that you have won this prestigious award as you have a wonderful, loyal and caring staff. I hope that all is well at Hale place and I will always have fond memories of visiting.

Greg Lawson

Dear All

I would like to say a big thank you to all for the wonderful care that you gave to my mum over the 4 years she was resident at Hale Place. Every time we visited her it was clear that she was in the best place we could ever have hoped for.

Words are hard to find in a world of celebrity culture where “incredible”, “amazing” and “fantastic” are used like confetti, however you the staff at Hale Place are truly amazing, incredible and fantastic! Your passion to do the right thing and the ongoing commitment to give everyone a dignified and happy life in such difficult circumstances is to be admired and is so clear to see.

I know I speak on behalf of all Mum’s family when I say we cannot praise you all at Hale Place highly enough. I sincerely wish you all ongoing happiness and success in life, whatever that may be.

Yours sincerely.

Ian Manners

Hi Kevin – I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and your team for all the advice, help and support you have given my parents, right from the first contact. You have been amazing and it is greatly appreciated.

Sharon

This is fantastic and well deserved. You have a wonderful home and team. 

Regards.

Alison Barnes

I just wanted to express my thanks to you and your wonderful staff for the excellent care my sister Catherine received during the five years she spent with you. You all made Catherine’s stay at Hale Place such a happy time and cared for her so well and with such kindness during her periods of ill health. My daughter and I enjoyed meeting you last week and hearing your lovely words about Catherine, you captured how we as a family felt about her. It was wonderful to see and hear how genuinely loved Catherine was by all her marvellous carers. My family and I are so very grateful.

Ann Serfaty

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