The ANTOKOL Home stands in some five acres of land comprising a large garden and woodland. It is situated in a pleasant residential area of Chislehurst in a house originally built as a private residence in 1905. The house was extended in March 1986.
About the Home
The Home is registered for 34 places. Accommodation is in single rooms, but arrangements can usually be made for couples. There are fifteen rooms on the ground floor, and a further nineteen rooms on the first floor, which can be accessed by three staircases and a lift. Rooms are linked by a nurse call system.
Each of the 34 single bedrooms is bright and homely, with every room tastefully decorated and furnished. Residents are encouraged to bring in their own personal items from home, be they photos or anything that is precious to them. The communal areas are centrally located and there is smaller lounge for privacy where relatives can visit at any time.
The home is equipped with both shower rooms and adapted bathrooms, so residents may choose on a daily basis.
Care We Deliver
The Management of the Home and the Board of the Association see as their main objective the creation and maintenance of conditions that will allow our residents – who are at what can often be a most difficult stage in their lives – to spend their autumn and winter years in a Polish environment, where all their material and spiritual needs are attended to, where their dignity and individuality is respected and where they are surrounded with the highest possible level of care, with courtesy and with peace.
The Antokol Home strives to provide its residents with a secure, relaxed and homely environment in which their care, well-being and comfort are of prime importance. The Home is dedicated to maintaining consistent high quality of care with compassion and professionalism.
Carers endeavour to preserve and maintain the dignity, individuality and privacy of all residents within a caring atmosphere and in so doing will be sensitive to the residents’ ever changing needs. Such needs may be medical/therapeutic (for physical and mental welfare), cultural, psychological, spiritual, emotional and social and residents are encouraged to participate in the development of their individual Care Plans in which the involvement of family and friends may be appropriate and is greatly valued.
The Care Staff of the Home devise programmes of activities designed to encourage mental alertness, self esteem, social interaction with other residents and with recognition of the core values of care listed above.
Care Staff within the Home are appropriately qualified to deliver the highest standards of care. A continuous staff training is implemented to ensure that standards are maintained in line with the latest developments in Care Industry as may be laid down in appropriate legislation, regulations and guidance issued by the CQC.
The Home offers a wide range of activities designed to encourage residents to keep mobile and most importantly take an interest in life. Staff will encourage and in certain instances help residents to pursue their hobbies and interests. Staff will also encourage “therapeutic activities” that take into account the resident’s particular interests, skills, experiences, personality and medical condition.
Activities are carried out in either groups are on a one to one basis, depending on the needs of the resident.
The Home is well equipped in recreational equipment, such as cards, chess, draughts, dominoes, board games, etc., some of which are especially adapted for partially sighted people. There is a beautiful big library with Polish and English books. The home also provides audio- books for listening.
From time to time entertainments are arranged for the residents and staff, such as concerts by choirs and film shows. Special celebrations are arranged for residents’ Name days and at Christmas and Easter. In summer barbecues and garden parties are held in fine weather.
Care staff will contribute to a resident’s quality of life in many ways. They will, for instance, chat to individual residents, take them for walks, perform manicures, play games, supervise armchair exercises, read letters / magazines / newspapers, help to choose library books, take part in any communal activity and so on.
The Dining Experience
The Antokol Home prides itself on its excellent Polish home cooking. Menus are varied and favourite dishes and special diets can be catered for. The dishes we prepare reflect and include the likes and requests of our residents. Our focus is to provide a balanced nutritious diet using fresh, quality ingredients. Residents can choose to eat their meal in the dining room or, if they prefer, in the comfort of their own room.
The Home welcomes residents’ guests at meal times (fee will be charged).
The Home has its own Chapel. The Polish Roman Catholic parish priest from the Brockley-Lewisham parish acts as Chaplain to the Antokol Home and visits regularly . Holy Mass is celebrated on Sundays and Fridays and also on special holidays. Residents are free to attend at all services or not, as they wish.
There are three Polish nuns from Felician Order working at Antokol.
Residents may attend religious services either within or outside the Home as they wish.
Residents have the right to meet clergy of their chosen denomination at any time. If required, a private room will be made available for such meetings.
Christmas Eve, blessing of the food on Holy Saturday, Christmas Carols Singing and many more Polish Catholic Feasts are celebrated at Antokol.