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A great big thank you goes out to you all for your kindness, patience, caring and nursing care you gave to our dear sister.


When visiting, there is always a warm family feeling, which I am sure is felt by the residents.


Thank you all for your excellent care of our dear friend. It was so good to know he was in such good hands whilst he was going through such an awful illness.


Can’t fault the staff – absolutely brilliant. The new activities and Kathy the event’s organiser is great. My mum is really happy – Long may it last!


Derwent Residential Care Home

Welcome home to true care for elderly residents and seniors tackling dementia, in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex.

Once the Derwent Hotel, this Victorian building has been lovingly renovated to a high standard and equipped to cater for all its residents’ needs. We’ve combined a comfortable environment conducive to improving quality of life, and a beautifully preserved property, which retains its character and many original features.

Our communal areas are where residents put their feet up in the company of others and/or join in social activities. These include a spacious lounge room, which overlooks the garden, and the bright and airy dining room. Outside, our verdant garden boasts a fishpond and raised flowerbeds. Here, residents with green fingers enjoy nurturing flowers, picking seasonal fruits or just listening to the birdsong on their stroll. Dedicated staff are always on hand to guide activities and assist with individual needs.

Derwent Residential Care Home has 28 bedrooms boasting high ceilings and stylish décor. Some of these are en-suite. Derwent is one of two Cedars Care Group homes based in East Sussex. The other is Cedarwood House.

Activities & Stimulation

Varied and interesting daily activities promote wellbeing and purpose among our residents. Furthermore, each resident has a life book, drawn up when they first arrive. Life Books keep us aware of a resident’s existing hobbies, skills, and interests. They also guide carers when introducing residents to something new. Find out More

At Derwent, we believe that every individual has his/her own story to tell. We make it our business to get to know the people we care for by spending time with them. Remembering past achievements, and the good old days, often help maintain a sense of self and fulfilment.

Family visits and family involvement are vital to the wellbeing of our residents. That’s why we aim to provide an environment that’s comfortable and invigorating for both residents and their visitors. Our planned activities and events are key opportunities for family participation and support. While the option of privacy is always available.

Personal Space & Personalised Care

Familiarity and reminiscence is invaluable. It keeps us connected with life; can ease the transition into care; and is helpful in improving memory skills. At Derwent Care Home, all our residents are encouraged to personalise their rooms with small belongings and photographs. This makes a world of difference and encourages a sense of belonging.

We offer several types of care depending on the level of support required: Residential Care, Convalescent Care and specialised care for dementia and Alzheimer’s. Each resident receives personalised support in accordance with his/her individual care plan, under the supervision of a dedicated home manager.

At Derwent we actively seek feedback. It helps us ensure our care home continues to offer the highest quality support and care, tailored to the needs of our individual residents. Leave Feedback


Hearty, home cooking really makes a house a home. Our chef creates a wide range of balanced, nutritious meals. These are prepared daily and in accordance with residents’ dietary requirements. Each day presents varied menu options, allowing a choice of seasonal hot and cold dishes. Popular choices are roast dinners, fish & chips and traditional puddings. Special requests for dishes can be made and alternative options are always available. Meals can be taken in the dining room or served in the resident’s room if they prefer. Find out More

Our Services

  • Activities
  • Chiropodist
  • Doctors
  • Hairdressing
  • Nutrition
  • Optician
  • Religious Services
  • Residents Groups
  • Trips
  • Pat the dog
  • Activities programme
  • Visitors welcome at all times
  • Respite care
  • Own GP if required
  • Own furniture if required 
  • Close to local shops
  • Courtyard garden with wheelchair access
  • Variety of menus to cater for all dietary requirements
  • Wheelchair access
  • Gardens for residents 

Join us for a sleepover or pop-in for a tea or coffee

We understand that moving to a new home can be a stressful time for all. To help you make up your mind we are offering all prospective residents the chance to sleep over. Please talk to the Home Manager about what times are suitable for you.

You are also welcome to drop in with your family and friends at any time and join us for a cup of tea or coffee. Alternatively, if you have time to stay for lunch please feel free to dine with us and talk to other residents.

38 Sedlescombe Road South, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, TN38 0TB

01424 436044

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Derwent Residential Care Home

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Date Published: 3 June 2016

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