About Morden College
Who we areMorden College is a Charity dedicated to supporting the elderly. Founded in 1695 by the pioneering merchant, Sir John Morden, the Charity has been at the forefront of enriching older people’s lives for more than 300 years. Today the Charity’s core purpose is to provide older people who are in need with a home for life, to support them as they grow older, and to provide care services, including residential care and residential nursing care, if the need arises. We are a strong community, committed to enabling the older people we support to have the highest quality of life, for the rest of their life.
Where we are
Set in well-maintained and award-winning grounds, the Charity’s homes are located on three sites across south-east London – two (a quarter of a mile apart) close by the Heath at Blackheath, and one – Ralph Perring Court – in the leafy suburb of Beckenham, Kent. In total, we have more than 200 flats where our beneficiaries can live independently, 34 en-suite apartments where our beneficiaries can live independently whilst supported by hotel services (meals, laundry and cleaning); and 60 en-suite bedrooms in Cullum Welch Court, the Charity’s residential care home, which provides personal, nursing and dementia care 24/7, as well as physiotherapy and chiropody services. It also has its own hair dressing salon…
How does it work?
All our beneficiaries pay a financial contribution towards the running of the Charity, in return for the home they are given, rather than a rent per se. The contribution is set at a rate substantially below the market, for example well below what our beneficiaries would otherwise have to pay in rent in the local areas where the Charity’s homes for its beneficiaries are located.
In April 2018, our care services were graded Good overall, and Good in all five disciplines: Safe, Effective, Caring, Well Led, Responsive. We have been granted Hospitality Assured status and are pleased to be ranked in the top quartile of care providers in the UK.
Shared experiences, a caring community
We foster a community atmosphere within which people contribute to College life when they can, respect each other’s privacy and dignity and, above all, live life to the full and have fun. Life at Morden College is as full as you want it to be, depending, of course, on your own personal mobility or health. In addition to being provided with a home and care, if it is required, there are many extracurricular and enrichment opportunities on offer to our beneficiaries in the form of outings, events, entertainment and clubs, much of it led by our beneficiaries. Typically there are more than a hundred such occasions a year, as well as keenly fought competitions.
You are not alone
Our homes are intended for independent living, for those who, upon admission, are completely self-caring and able to live independently without the need for nursing or domiciliary care, whether living singly or as a couple. Beneficiaries are encouraged to live independently; they can make use of all that Morden College has to offer and can participate fully in the life of the College, as much or as little as they wish.
Having said that, the health and well-being of our beneficiaries is at our core and underpins everything we do at Morden College. Our aim is to ensure that once you become a beneficiary, and if it becomes necessary, we act in partnership with you and your family, and particularly your next of kin, to ensure that the challenges of getting older can be properly negotiated, allowing you to continue to live independently for longer; or if that is not possible then to work together to find suitable care solutions. We are here to support you when you are faced with challenges that you might otherwise have to face alone.
Additional care facilities
We have a domiciliary care service in place for those who live at Blackheath who either temporarily or permanently need that extra support, and a physiotherapy department which operates from our College Medical Centre in Blackheath, to which you can have access once you have been referred by a GP or hospital. Appointments for chiropody are offered every six weeks. We also offer a 24/7 lifeline and emergency pendants. Of course, we encourage you to look after yourself, to which end there is a well-equipped gym in Alexander Court for use by all, not to mention extensive grounds around which to walk.
The Morden College Way – Our Ethos
We work and live with the common aim of treating others as we ourselves wish to be treated
We are courteous, forgiving and generous, and preserve the privacy and dignity of others
We pass the time of day with one another
We listen to what others have to say, encouraging people to speak for themselves
We are careful not to assume people cannot do things for themselves
We care about how we look and how we appear to others
We are patient, realistic, gracious and always helpful
We are interesting people of integrity, living in community, for the good of all
Do I qualify for Residential Care or Independent Living?
The Charity will not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, gender, creed, sexual orientation, or religion; we welcome applications from single people, married couples or those in partnerships. Qualifying individuals, or their next of kin, can apply to the Charity for accommodation in a flat for independent living. Once an individual has been accepted into the Charity as a ‘resident beneficiary’ they are automatically eligible to use all services, including those in our residential care home, after an assessment of the need for care has been made by our qualified staff.
Key qualifying factors
The key qualifying factors that we take into account when an individual or a couple apply for independent living ‘resident beneficiary’ status are as follows:
Potential beneficiaries must:
- In their working life have held (managerial/leadership) responsibility in a trade, vocation or profession; or their partner must have done so
- Be in receipt of a UK state pension or eligible for such
- Be in need, either in financial hardship or through loneliness or isolation, or both