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Pembroke House is an outstanding care and nursing home, owned and managed by the RNBT; located in Gillingham, Kent - not far from the historic dockyard in Chatham - it is home to some 55 older members of The RNBT Family.
Early days and the millennium redevelopment
Built as an orphanage in the 1920s, Pembroke House was taken over by the RNBT as a residential home in 1952. It changed little from then until the turn of the millennium, when it was substantially extended and modernised to become the fine care home that it is today.
The south facing home is situated in a quiet residential area with a pleasant outlook across a park. The original handsome facade has been retained and the recent extensions, projecting into the gardens at the back are built in a similar style.
Spacious rooms for residents
The residents each enjoy a good sized, well furnished room; they are welcome to provide small items of their own furniture if they wish. All the rooms have en-suite facilities and points for television, telephone and internet. If needed, special beds and other equipment are available.
Multiple day rooms and dining rooms
The home is extremely well provided with day rooms and dining rooms - there are 12 separate areas. Pride of place goes to the Bridge, the large lounge on the top floor, from which the residents enjoy panoramic views to the north across the River Medway to the Thames estuary and beyond.
A large day room on the ground floor is normally separated into two lounge areas and a bar, but it is opened up for the many functions which are a big part of life at Pembroke House. Also on the ground floor is the Quarter Deck coffee lounge where family and visitors can sit with residents for a relaxing chat.
At first floor level there are two conservatories with balconies, providing easy access to fresh air for residents who might have difficulty getting into the gardens plus a delightful terrace.
Each floor of the home has its own dining room, providing convenience for the residents and a more informal and intimate atmosphere than would be the case with a single large dining room. The modern kitchen is linked by a lift to the dining rooms on the upper floors.
The attractive gardens surrounding Pembroke House are an important part of the home. They offer the residents the opportunity to relax in various sitting out areas and to enjoy gardening if they wish.