Blackwater Mill is set in stunning landscaped gardens next to a vast mill pond fed by the river Medina, providing a serene and idyllic environment in which to retire.
The residents enjoy the interesting wildlife including ducks, swans, fish, red squirrels and chickens. The building dates back to 1790, when it was a working grain mill, now providing charm and character to the home.
About the Home
Our home has recently been extended and refurbished to a high standard due to popularity, adding on an additional lounge and brand new rooms.
The home in total has three comfortable lounges as well as a peaceful library with lake views.
We have our very own activities co-ordinators at Blackwater Mill who curate a schedule of activities for the residents as well as events, entertainment and outings. It is important to stay active as we get older and the activities are designed to stimulate both the body and the mind.
In addition, we love taking advantage of the beautiful setting we have by the lake and always welcome friends and family to join us for events such as barbecues and charity fundraising.
Our chef, a keen baker, trained in a Michelin-starred restaurant and provides the residents with top quality food. We ensure that each resident’s diet is catered for whilst also providing them with all the vital nutrients to keep them healthy.
Produce is locally sourced from the island and fresh, which is of utmost importance when it comes to taste and flavour.
Types of Care
Residential care is for older people who are finding it increasingly difficult to manage at home without additional help and support.
Residents will not only be supported with personal care but our devoted staff will take over all the everyday tasks of laundry, cooking, gardening and housekeeping, allowing the residents more time to relax and enjoy themselves in a comfortable and safe environment.
It is our priority to make everything as seamless as possible in the moving process so that your loved one maintains their independence, dignity and identity at all times. Choosing the right care home for a loved one can be an overwhelming task and we will be there to support you throughout the whole process. We encourage friends and family to visit as often as they can and everyone is of course invited to come along to the parties and events we regularly hold for the residents.
At Buckland Care we take time to get to know each resident, tailoring the care we provide to suit each individual person. Our dedicated team is proud of the facilities available to residents, and work hard to ensure they retain as much independence as possible but rest assured, we will be there 24 hours a day should they need us.
Choosing a care home for someone living with dementia is a major decision. You need to be sure that your loved one will be in an understanding, nurturing environment with professionals who have the experience and knowledge to safely care for them.
At all Buckland Care homes that is exactly what we offer. We do everything we can to make our residents feel at ease, with tailored features for those living with dementia. Every carer is trained to care for dementia patients and our homes have been adapted to aid those living with a dementia-related illness.
Buckland Care homes provide respite care for people who may only require a short stay in a care home. Respite care is an invaluable service for those who care full-time for their loved ones, providing them with a chance to take a break from daily responsibilities.
Some residents use it as a way to trial the home before moving in full term, to see if they will feel settled and at home. The length of time residents stay is flexible and can be anything from a week to a few months. We will work with you and deliver a high level of professional care to all residents no matter how long they are staying with us.
In all of our homes at Buckland Care, we offer day care for those who wish to socialise with their peers and be looked after during the day but return to their own home in the evening.
The benefits of this are plentiful: allowing full time carers to rest; socialising with like-minded people and keeping the body and mind active; relieving oneself of the hassle of personal care and home-cooked meal preparation; a simple change of scene. With our welcoming staff on hand all day, individuals can feel safe and secure within our friendly care homes and enjoy a different environment to their own home.
Blackwater prides itself on its person-centred approach as we believe each resident should be treated as an individual and their care planned accordingly. The staff here are cheerful and caring and bring a family-like atmosphere to the home, working together as a team.
Lesley has been at Blackwater since 2012 starting off as a Deputy Manager and worked her way up to manage this 60 bed care home. She previously trained as a nurse at St Peter’s Hospital in Surrey and moved to the Isle of Wight 20 years ago to open a family chandlery business.
Lesley is passionate about caring for the elderly, catering to individual needs and ensuring the residents feel that they can make decisions around their care. She likes to get stuck in and is often found working on the floor. She is very proud of Blackwater as it is a beautiful home where they all work together to give the residents the highest standard of care.
Lesley lives locally and is married with three children and a granddaughter. At the weekend she loves to go sailing and also spends time reading and travelling.
Ryan, the head chef started his career in a boutique hotel and then moved to a three Michelin-starred restaurant in Berkshire for several years. On return to the Island, Ryan worked as a catering manager at a large holiday complex before joining Blackwater Mill. Ryan is passionate about providing the residents with the highest standard of food and always uses fresh, local produce.
Ryan is married with three young children and enjoys family time, playing squash and baking in his spare time.
From the very first day we arrived at Blackwater Mill we have been very impressed with the standard of care and love given to Lily by all of your staff in all departments. We would be happy to highly recommend Blackwater Mill to anyone without hesitation. We look forward to maintaining our contact with you. Mum wasn’t in a home, she was at home with all of you.
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