St. Michael’s in Margate, a renowned nursing home in the heart of this picturesque seaside town, is steadfast in its mission to uphold the independence and well-being of its residents while delivering exceptional nursing care.

Nursing homes often grapple with the delicate balance of providing essential nursing care while preserving the autonomy and dignity of their elderly residents. At St. Michael’s in Margate, this balance is not just a goal; it’s a way of life. Here, residents are encouraged to thrive independently, ensuring that their stay at St. Michael’s is marked by empowerment, dignity, and a renewed sense of purpose.


Empowering Independence: A Pillar of Care


St. Michael’s in Margate takes a progressive approach to senior care, with a primary focus on empowering residents through choices and self-determination. Gone are the days of a one-size-fits-all approach that robs individuals of their autonomy. Instead, St. Michael’s believes that nurturing independence is at the core of delivering superior nursing care.

When elderly individuals confront health challenges or frailty, it can be easy for them to feel overwhelmed, losing confidence and self-worth in the process. While comprehensive nursing care is essential, it’s equally crucial to support residents in preserving their independence as much as possible, ultimately slowing the decline in their abilities.

By actively promoting independence, St. Michael’s sends a clear message to residents that they are valued for their uniqueness, not just as recipients of care. This philosophy fosters a profound sense of accomplishment and purpose in their daily lives, ultimately leading to a higher quality of life during their stay.


Confronting Loneliness Through Independence


One of the most significant concerns for the elderly, particularly when transitioning to a nursing home like St. Michael’s in Margate, is the fear of isolation and loneliness. The sense of isolation can be intensified by feelings of dependency and a perceived loss of control. At St. Michael’s, we understand that championing independence plays a pivotal role in combating this isolation, contributing to the overall well-being of our residents.

Here’s a closer look at how St. Michael’s in Margate achieves this:

  • Social Engagement: Encouraging residents to maintain their independence by participating in social activities within the care home, fostering connections with fellow residents.
  • Sense of Purpose: Empowering residents to take charge of aspects of their daily lives instils a renewed sense of purpose and self-worth.
  • Emotional Well-being: Independence cultivates positive self-esteem and confidence. When residents are encouraged to make decisions about their daily activities, they feel a greater sense of control over their lives.
  • Connection with Loved Ones: Maintaining independence extends to residents’ interactions with family and friends. St. Michael’s facilitates visits and encourages residents to communicate with their loved ones, preserving these vital connections.
  • Sense of Community: St. Michael’s in Margate is more than a care home; it’s a vibrant community that respects and values the independence of its residents. The nurturing environment and tailored assistance create a space where residents can thrive while enjoying a deep sense of belonging.


Fostering Independence at St. Michael’s


Promoting independence in elderly residents requires a delicate touch, acknowledging the potential for initial resistance stemming from factors like fear and anxiety. St. Michael’s in Margate emphasises the importance of gentle, personalised encouragement to overcome these challenges.

Encouraging independence does not mean a hands-off approach to care. Rather, it involves hands-on support and assistance tailored to each resident’s unique needs and abilities. Safety and health concerns always take precedence, and tasks are approached with the goal of enabling independence while mitigating risks.

Here are some practical ways St. Michael’s in Margate encourages independence among its residents:

  • Personal Hygiene and Dressing: Supporting residents in maintaining their personal hygiene and dressing with the aid of adaptive devices.
  • Social Activities: Encouraging residents to participate in social activities within the care home.
  • Visitor Interaction: Facilitating visits from family and friends, allowing residents to play host and maintain social connections.
  • Physical Activity: Tailoring exercise programs to residents’ abilities or providing opportunities for local walks.
  • Daily Tasks: Assisting residents in preparing drinks or light snacks, giving them autonomy in their daily routines.
  • Communication: Enabling residents to make and receive phone calls and use electronic devices like computers and tablets.
  • Leisure Activities: Organising board games, card games, and creative endeavours such as crafting or painting, fostering a sense of accomplishment.
  • Dietary Choices: Involving residents in making choices about their diets and meal preferences, respecting their culinary preferences.

Staff Who Excel


At St Michael’s, we’re only able to offer such exceptional nursing care because of our team of outstanding staff. Not only do we recognise their commitment and expertise, but so does the industry as a whole. That’s why we currently have two of our team on the cusp of receiving awards:


Shortlisted for the Ancillary Award at the Kent Care Awards.


Finalist in the South East Region for the Care Home Managers Award at the Great British Care Awards.


St. Michael’s in Margate: Nurturing Independence and Dignity


At St. Michael’s in Margate, we take immense pride in delivering exceptional nursing care within a framework that champions and encourages independence. With various levels of care, including residential care and nursing care, we cater to the unique needs of each resident.

Promoting independence not only helps residents regain confidence and self-esteem but also strengthens the bond between our residents and our dedicated staff. Everyone at St. Michael’s is treated as an individual, with support readily available when needed, all while maintaining a strong foundation of care and support. In our unwavering pursuit of excellence, we remain committed to upholding the independence and dignity of our beloved residents at St. Michael’s in Margate.