Pickering House was built on the site of the Charity’s former home, Sandy Cross, with the help of donations from the newspaper and broadcast industry. The Home is named after Sir Edward Pickering, former executive editor of the Times. Adjacent to the Home is Harmsworth House, a small complex of flats with domiciliary care.
The Home is a purpose–built nursing home with twenty beds. It is located at the edge of Dorking, a small market town in Surrey between London and the south coast. The home has extensive grounds, easily accessible to the less mobile.
Each bedroom has its own en-suite shower room. Residents may bring with them small items of furniture, pictures and ornaments to personalise their room. There are also three assisted bathrooms providing baths specially designed for those with limited mobility.
There are three lounges available for residents use as well as seating in the library – the Keith Waterhouse library is situated on the first floor and provides a quiet place to sit and read as well as to view the journalistic memorabilia donated by Keith Waterhouse’s family.
Our spacious dining room is on the lower ground floor, along with the Sir Ray Tindle bar for those who would like a drink with their meal. Snacks are available between mealtimes. Our chef also likes to consult with residents about the food they like to eat, and provide the type of food that they enjoy.
The home employs an activities co-ordinator and undertakes a varied activities programme – there is occasional entertainment provided as well as outings, sometimes as a group, but often short trips with support into Dorking to shop, have a cup of coffee or to go the pub.
The Home has an excellent relationship with the local GP practice, and has its own Consulting Room for the regular visits by the GP. Our physiotherapist attends twice a week offering group physiotherapy in the gym and one-to-one assessment.
The Home has a weekly visit from a hairdresser using our purpose built hairdressing salon. The Home also has a Chapel where the local church conduct regular services and services of celebration and remembrance.