Care Homes for Older People
Sussex Health Care (SHC) recognises that choosing the right home for older people is a very important decision and is dedicated to providing a safe, comfortable and homely environment with support and stimulation for each individual to maximise their physical, intellectual, emotional and social capacity.
The people we support have the right to live as normal a life as possible and to have the respect of those who support them. With the support of SHC's Training Academy and the quality of the nursing teams, we are able to care for senior people who have a variety of complex health and social care needs and, in addition, offer respite and residential care.
All our homes have busy activity programmes including handicrafts, quizzes, reminiscence sessions, music and movement, cookery and art therapy.
SHC also has access to experts in a diverse range of therapies - physiotherapy, occupational therapy and reflexology for example.
Mealtimes are important in our homes and our trained Chefs use good quality fresh ingredients to create tasty wholesome dishes that are elegantly prepared and served.
Our homes provide accommodation, meals, social and person-centred care in a welcoming, homely environment. Support is available 24 hours a day by qualified and experienced staff. Physiotherapy, occupational therapy and reflexology are available on request.
Homes offering care for Older People:
Dementia care has come to the forefront of healthcare recently due to the increased age of the population, but at SHC we believe that people with dementia-related conditions should continue to live an active life.
At SHC, we can offer you support and peace of mind - we are committed to providing excellence in care for people with dementia, using a person-centred care approach and offering training in dementia care to all our staff.
Our staff are provided with on-going opportunities for learning and development to ensure that the care we provide is delivered from a good professional knowledgeable base. 24-hour nursing care is also available.
We respect all the people we support as individuals, taking the time to get to know them so we can personalise the way we care for them, and our homes are specifically tailored to ensure comfort and familiarity for those living with memory loss.
We have developed areas that assist people to remember days gone by with familiar items and memory boxes.
All of our homes have busy activity programmes including reminiscence sessions, handcrafts, cookery, and art therapy.
Homes specialising in Dementia Care:
SHC provides excellent care in purpose-built facilities for those requiring support with neurological conditions and acquired brain injury.
We are committed to providing excellent standards of care and support to each individual in line with their needs. Our care homes support a variety of conditions, such as Huntington's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson's Disease and Acquired Brain Injury. All of our care homes are led by a team of fully trained and dedicated staff.
We have access to trusted external physiotherapists, physiotherapy assistance and speech and language therapists. We also have access to alternative therapies such as reflexology and aromatherapy. Our homes have spa/hydrotherapy pools and enthusiastic activity staff. 24-hour nursing care is also available.
With the support of SHC's Training Academy, our staff have the opportunity to access specialist training around supporting individuals within our homes with very complex needs.
Our teams work closely with consultants and specialist teams such as the National Hospital for Neurology in Queens Square, The Royal Hospital for Neurological Disorders and Guys and St Thomas hospitals. These close links enable staff teams to provide a unique level of understanding to the people we support with neurological conditions or acquired brain injury.
Physiotherapy and hydrotherapy are an important part of the social and care programme. We also understand the need for people to have good social interaction, and we work closely with local clubs and colleges to ensure that access to the local community is an integral part of individuals' care plans.
Homes offering Neurological Care:
Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) Care
At SHC we offer a diverse range of personalised care packages for individuals with learning disabilities.
Our services for people with learning disabilities and/or physical disabilities are second to none. Our care is person-centred with the individual at the forefront of all activities and outcomes.
We have specialist facilities, equipment and highly skilled staff to care for a wide range of disabilities and needs. College activities and therapeutic interventions form part of the care plan, and our 24-hour services are purpose-built with aids and adaptations to help the people we support.
What is important to the person?
At SHC we have developed services that support the individuals. Our services for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities are mainly purpose-built with en-suite rooms and track hoisting. Rooms can be personalised in any way that an individual wishes.
Physiotherapy is available through trusted external sources for the people we support and there are hydrotherapy facilities available across the group for structured and leisure sessions. We work very closely with schools and colleges to plan good transition programmes for young people moving into our homes, ensuring that the multidisciplinary team are involved, including friends and family. 24-hour care is available within our homes, with nursing support if needed. We offer a wide variety of leisure and social activities and ensure that involvement in the local community is a large part of the individual care plan.
Day care and respite care is also available.
How are services delivered?
There are a number of opportunities available for the people we support to attend colleges of further education, outreach programmes and work experience. These activities can be little or often, depending on individual choice and need.
SHC works closely with local colleges to tailor programmes to individual needs. Some people attend college on a part-time basis, while others attend resource centres.
We also work closely with the Profound Education Team from the Children's Trust who provide an outreach programme for young people who are 18 plus.
SHC also offers residential support for people with learning disabilities within 'ordinary houses, within ordinary streets' in the community. Everyone is encouraged to engage in activities that are meaningful, that they enjoy and that fit in with their lives. It is also important that individuals are supported to sample activities and experiences - eg: shopping for their own food, mowing the grass, work experience etc.
How does the person communicate?
If the individual is unable to use words, there needs to be clear ways for decisions to be made and articulated.
SHC believes in ensuring that alternative methods of communication are sought via assisted technology, switches, specialist computer systems - touch screens etc. People are encouraged to continue with communication aids and try new ones.
Staff are trained alongside the people we support to use effective communication systems. SHC also has access to trusted external speech and language therapists to assist with communication issues.
Homes offering Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) Support:
- Written by Dave Miller