A more comprehensive list is contained in the Almshouse handbook, which is given to each resident on moving in.
All our residents have the Invicta Lifeline pendant alarm system.
24 hour monitoring via a control centre so that, in the event of an emergency, a relative, doctor or ambulance can be summoned immediately.
Cleaning of the communal areas is undertaken by the trustees. Residents are required to keep their almshouse and hallways clean and tidy. The Warden can arrange for help if required.
The Burlington Room at Sevenoaks Almshouses is a community room for all the residents (both Sevenoaks and Weald) to use as they wish. There is a basic kitchen and facliities for making tea and coffee. Regular events are organised for the residents.
There is a monthly charge which includes lifeline alarm system, maintenance, water rates and television licence. Payments are made by monthly standing order in advance. Council tax is approximately £1050 per year (25% discount if single) at both Sevenoaks and Weald.
Help is available from the council with housing benefit and council tax depending on circumstances.
It may be possible to register with the surgery housed within Sevenoaks School, very nearby.
Each almshouse has a small area of garden outside for the resident to use as they wish. It is the resident's responsibility to keep this garden neat and tidy.
The Charity insures the buildings and this policy will cover the contents of the Almshouses. However if you have any valuables you are advised to make your own arrangements.
There are two laundry rooms with washing machines and tumble driers for residents use on a rota basis.
All decoration and general maintenance of the Almshouses is undertaken by the trustees. The residents are required to keep their Almshouse and shared entranceways clean and tidy.
There is no parking available at the Sevenoaks Almhouses. There is limited parking available outside the Almshouses in Weald.
It is regretted that the almshouse residents are not allowed to keep pets.
Black sacks and recycling sacks are provided by the council. Rubbish is collected on Monday morning in Sevenoaks and Friday morning in Weald.
Preference is given to non-smokers.
Nearly all the almshouses have telephones. Residents are responsible for running costs. The invicta alarm system is run via the telephone system.
The Trustees buy an annual group licence which covers all residents over the age of 60.
The Warden cannot take the place of relatives/friends, and we trust that they would continue to provide support. Residents wishing to invite a guest to stay overnight should inform the warden beforehand.
A part time warden is employed by the Trustees to keep an eye on things. It must be stressed however that the Warden is not employed as a carer - residents are expected to be fully independent.
Due to the access limitations, unfortunately these almshouses are not suitable for wheelchair users.