The Granary

The Granary is a modern and purpose-built unit with a highly experienced care and nursing team, providing a safe and homely environment for people with long term neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, Acquired Brain Injury and Cerebral Palsy.

The Granary is a specialist care home that consists of four separate ground floor units, which have been equipped with technology to aid care and support, including a salt cave and two hydrotherapy pools.

Philosophy

Our aim is to provide a care home that offers a safe, comfortable environment with support and stimulation to help people maximise their potential physical, intellectual, emotional and social capacity. The people we support have the right to live their best life possible and to have the support they need to do so.

All individuals have the right to live as normal a life as possible and to have the respect of those who support them. SHC’s philosophy is focused on a person-centred, holistic approach to care, recognising the unique strengths and skills of each individual.

Care and Support

The home is registered to provide specialist nursing and residential care and is led by an experienced Home Manager. A qualified nurse is available 24 hours a day with a team of dedicated carers. The focus of the care and support is based on our person-centred philosophy.

Therapy Input

SHC has access to a range of trusted external therapists including physiotherapists, speech & language therapists and occupational therapists. Psychological support is also available.

Activities

The Granary has access to a Life Skills team, who devise and carry out personalised activity plans alongside the individual’s key workers.

The activities include support to do everyday living skills, arts/crafts, sensory activities, cooking, social activities such as group events, parties and have use of extensive enclosed grounds. The people we support benefit from the use of specially adapted vehicles for outings. Participation in accessing further education and leisure activities at local colleges and outreach facilities.

Every effort is made to enable people to keep in touch with relatives and friends. Advocacy and volunteer befriending schemes are also encouraged.

Assistive Technology

SHC is always researching into ways to improve the lifestyles of the people we support and try to offer a chance for individuals to be in control of their environment, as well as increase independence for those who may be totally dependent on others to do everyday tasks.

We are able to offer sensory equipment and technologies, such as the Magic Carpet system, which offer people with very complex needs the opportunity to interact and communicate, a salt cave, which has been known for many centuries to help relieve respiratory and skin conditions, and a specialist gymnasium, which provides equal opportunities and access regardless of the person’s ability or health status.

Salt Cave Therapy

The Granary offers a salt cave, which benefits the people we support by improving health conditions. With changing sensory lights and the user’s own preference of music, the salt cave allows for full relaxation for all users. Dry salt therapy, also known as halotherapy, is a holistic, complementary therapy that helps a range of issues, including lung and skin conditions, such as asthma, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, sinusitis, eczema and psoriasis.

The history of salt therapy dates back more than 100 years ago, when people working in salt mines were found to have less respiratory problems than those working in other mines. Upon these findings, Dr. Feliks Boczkowski, a Polish doctor, opened the first health resort facility in Wieliczka to treat people with halotherapy in the salt mines in Poland, 1839. Through technological innovations, engineers developed a halotherapy device, which replicates the grinding of salt in mines that would distribute fine salt particles into the air. This is now what is used today in modern salt caves used for therapy.

Salt caves provide sterile environments, due to microorganisms being unable to survive in the environment, meaning there are no pathogens such as bacteria, viruses or allergens. Salt caves have a high level of negative ions, which are beneficial to the human body and are commonly found in nature. When breathed in, the negative ions in the air help to break down mucus and alleviate other lung conditions.

Training

All staff undertake an induction programme at our Training Academy when joining SHC. In addition, a system of supervision and support for care staff enables them to gain experience and increase their skills. Extensive in-house training is provided by the SHC training team, and QCF courses are undertaken in conjunction with local colleges. The Care Certificate is available to all new staff.

To arrange for support at The Granary, please call Martin De Lange Stean on 01403 327 500 or email heretohelp@sussexhealthcare.co.uk 

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My partner of 42 years has been a resident at Rapkyns Care Village, The Granary for more than one year. The management and staff are the most caring and considerate people we could ever wish for. The staff are so very helpful to both my partner, myself and my children. They keep us informed of everything
that is happening to my partner i.e. doctors appointments, dental appointments etc and always invite us to attend if we wish to. My partner is offered outings at least once a week to the shops or park or garden centre and is so well looked after whilst on these excursions. The Granary is kept immaculately clean and the food provided is second to none, all freshly cooked on the premises with a great choice of menu. I can only say this is probably the best care home we have ever seen and would recommend it to anyone needing a care home for themselves or their family.

Partner of resident at The Granary, December 2019

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