Location - Ocean Swell overlooks the sea at St Mildreds Bay and public gardens opposite Sea Road Westgate.
Nearby amenities - Westgate is a village of four thousand people approximately 21/2 miles from Margate. Westgate main shopping area is accessible by wheelchair, three hundred yards from Ocean Swell and includes: doctors surgery, dentists, optician, post office, chemists, newsagents, convenience stores, video hire shops, cafés, cinema etc. The public gardens are opposite Ocean Swell and the beach area and cafés are accessible by wheelchair.
Available transport - Westgate has good bus and train links throughout Thanet, available from the main shopping area. The trains include main line links to London.
Accommodation - Ocean Swell is currently registered to accommodate 32 residents. There are 8 ground floor bedrooms of which four are double bedrooms one with en-suite facilities. There are 17 bedrooms located on the 1st and 2nd floors accessible by lift, of these three are double bedrooms all with en-suite facilities, 4 single bedrooms also have en-suite facilities. There are 6 forward-looking bedrooms with sea views. A large public lounge, smaller smoking lounge and large dinning room are located on the ground floor. Both lounges have large screen televisions, DVDs and radio CD players the main lounge also has a video and a bar from which alcoholic and soft drinks are available. There are 5 public toilets located on the ground floor, three of which are wheelchair accessible; a wheelchair accessible shower room for assisted showering is also located on the ground floor. The 1st floor has two public toilets, one wheelchair accessible and one public bathroom fitted with a bath hoist. The 2nd floor has one public toilet and bathroom accessible by wheelchair. There is a north facing garden area at the front of the building and a south facing sheltered garden area at the rear of the building with seating available to residents.
Furniture and fittings and arrangements for personal property - All bedrooms are carpeted and furnished with a minimum of bed, wardrobe, set of drawers, bedside cabinet, bedside lamp, comfortable chair, visitors chair, table, washbasin, TV and electrical sockets. Residents are encouraged to personalise their bedrooms with photos, pictures etc. and a limited amount of personal furniture subject to suitability and space availability. Ocean Swell does not undertake storage of any large personal items. All personal clothing will be marked with resident’s identity. All residents are offered a personal lockable drawer or lockable storage box to safely store valuable items.
Availability of aids and equipment - All bedrooms and public areas are fitted with a call system to enable residents to call for assistance on a 24-hour basis. There are two mobile lifting hoists, an electric stand up hoist, a fixed bath hoist, parker bath, disabled shower room and a range of movement and handling aids available to staff. Additional equipment is available through a hire agreement for any special needs.
Maintenance and cleaning of accommodation arrangements - Major equipment items i.e. lift, call system, fire alarm system, boilers are serviced and maintained by specialist contractors. First line maintenance of other equipment is carried out in-house with specialist services called in as necessary.
Heating and ventilation arrangements - All bedrooms and public rooms are centrally heated; additional personal electric heaters are provided to residents subject to need and ability to safely use them.
Fire precautions - Fire risk assessment presented to and accepted by Fire Brigade.