The Old Downs Residential Care Centre offers residential care to the elderly and those with a diagnosis of Dementia.

Situated in the pretty village of Hartley in Kent, the Home is a beautiful period building, featuring modern amenities whilst retaining many of its original characteristics.

The Old Downs has 41 bedrooms, a choice of pleasant lounges, a light and airy dining room, spacious conservatory and onsite hair and nail salon. The Home’s beautiful gardens and terraced areas are perfect for relaxing in, spotting local wildlife, or enjoying BBQs in the summer.

The Home provides a range of regular activities for residents, from art and crafts and baking, to watching movies and sports. They also make the most of their minibus for getting out and about to local spots including Millbrook Garden Centre, Hall Place and Gravesend Promenade.

One of the first care providers to champion the importance of nutrition for the elderly and those with dementia, Nellsar employ a Nutrition and Wellness Manager for their Homes. The Old Downs acknowledges that nutrition and hydration are an integral part of good health and well-being, delivering well-balanced, nutritious meals and snacks to residents every day. All residents are offered a choice of food, to ensure all types of preferences and diets are catered for.

The Home is staffed by a dedicated and highly skilled team of Carers and also benefits from a well-being team of fully-qualified holistic therapists who use nurturing touch, complementary therapies and relaxing treatments to improve residents’ quality of life and sense of well-being.

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Last CQC report update September 16, 2017 • Listing updated November 16, 2020


Number of beds: 41

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Residents may bring: Own furniture
Own decoration
Rooms have: Phone point
TV point
Number of lounges or seating areas:5
Lifts *: Full lift
Wheelchair access *: To all floors
Outdoors *: Secure garden
Seating area
Pets: Pets accepted
Decision making: Residents’ committee
Relatives’ committee
Smoking *: Smokers not accepted
Meals: Meals are Flexible
Meals can be taken in own room
There is a choice of menu
Residents assist in planning meals
Meals are prepared in the home
Snacks are available at any time
Vegetarians are catered for
Special diets are accommodated for
Family and friends: Can usually accommodate visitors
Visitors welcome at any time
Culture & Religion
Special requirements addressed?: Religious
Languages spoken:English, French, Malayalam, Romanian and Sign Language.
Available activities: Entertainment in the home
Regular activities programme
Location type *:Semi rural
Registration & Specialisms
Care only beds:41
Care specialisms:Dementia Care End of Life Care Residential Care Respite Care, Short Breaks and Day Care
Care for people who need: Minimal help
Moderate help
Can usually accept people with: Visual impairment
Urinary incontinence
Faecal incontinence
Moderate memory problems
Severe memory problems
Services / Care offered: Dementia
Elderly care