Thank you to those that took part in the consultation. The following decision has been taken:

Following the outcome of public consultation to close the current Wayfarers Care Home and for Kent County Council to seek to find a buyer for the building and its land and to explore Housing with Care options preferably in the Sandwich area; proceed with the alternative proposal received from the residents and staff of Wayfarers to relocate the Wayfarers service to an unused, purpose-built unit at Westbrook House, near Margate, and to find accommodation for any residents who instead may wish to move to alternative care homes; and delegate authority to the Corporate Director of Adult Social Care and Health, or other nominated officer, to undertake the necessary actions to implement the decision.



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Wayfarers is a care home in Sandwich which currently houses a respite service and a residential unit for older people.

We have been exploring the way forward for Wayfarers and now seek the views of residents on the future of the home and the proposal to close the home and find alternative provision for residents. We are also looking to explore options for developing older people’s accommodation, preferably in the Sandwich area, in the form of Housing with Care.

Have your say

We would like to hear your views about the future of Wayfarers Care Home. 

We recommend you read the consultation document which can be found in the ‘Documents' section below. 

You can share your comments by completing the online questionnaire by clicking on the Respond link below. Alternatively, you can download the Word version of the questionnaire from this page. Paper copies and Freepost envelopes are available from Wayfarers and libraries in Sandwich, Deal and Dover, or on request. 

Please provide your comments by 24 July 2019.


Alternative formats: If you require any of the consultation material in an alternative format or language please email alternativeformats@kent.gov.uk or call 03000 421553 (text relay service number: 18001 03000 421553). This number goes to an answering machine, which is monitored during office hours.

Privacy: Kent County Council collects and processes personal information in order to provide a range of public services. Kent County Council respects the privacy of individuals and endeavours to ensure personal information is collected fairly & lawfully.  We will follow our Data Protection Act guidelines to keep your information secure and confidential.

This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    15 May 2019 at 16:00
  • Closed
    24 Jul 2019 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    23 Mar 2020


Consulting Organisation Type
  • Kent County Council
Consulting Organisation Name Kent County Council
Consultation Topic
  • General interest
  • Healthcare and public health
Consultation Methods
  • Online survey / questionnaire / forms
Contact Details

For any queries, call 03000 422557 or email OlderPeopleProvision@kent.gov.uk.

Postal address: Consultation Team, Adult Social Care and Health, Kent County Council, Invicta House, Maidstone, ME14 1XX.

Freepost envelopes are available from Wayfarers and libraries in Sandwich, Deal and Dover, or on request.