Supporting Sussex

SHC provides a range of care and support services across East and West Sussex, including Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD), Neurological Conditions, Acquired Brain Injury, Autism and care for Older People, including Dementia.

Care Homes for Older People

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Sussex Health Care (SHC) recognises that choosing the right home for older people is a very important decision. We are 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.

Our Older People homes provide support for older adults and those with physical disabilities and long-term conditions such as dementiaWith the support of SHC’s Training Academy and the quality of the nursing teams, we are able to care for older people who have a variety of complex health 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 and 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.

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Dementia Care

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.

FAQ

Do SHC homes allow respite care and short-term stays? 

Yes, respite and short-term stays are available in all of our homes. The local Home Manager will be happy to discuss respite care and can make suggestions for lengths of stays if you are unsure how long may be needed. Our homes are happy to take respite stays to allow individuals to get a feel for the home before a potential permanent admission. 

My loved one is showing the first signs of Dementia. What should I do? 

At SHC, we understand that this can be a difficult time. Our Home Managers are trained in Dementia Care and will be able to talk to you about your loved one, giving an idea about how our homes can support those with Dementia, from early stages to further progression. Find your closest Dementia Care Home using our Find a Care Home search facility, where you can find contact details for all our Home Managers.  

Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD)

At SHC we offer a diverse range of personalised care packages for individuals with learning disabilities.

Our specialist PMLD homes provide social and nursing care for people with a primary diagnosis of learning disability, some with autism and other complex conditions. ​Complexity ranges from fairly low acuity care to highly complex levels of need. ​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.  

FAQ

Does SHC provide Nursing Care? 

Yes, all of our Registered Nurses are highly qualified in their roles, many with specialist training to support the care needs of our Homes. 24-hour Nursing Care and 1:1 support is available in all of our Homes. Please contact our Home Managers by using our Find a Care Home search facility to find your nearest Care Home.  

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, and specialist computer systems, such as 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. 

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. 

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, for example, cooking their own food, gardening, learning and work experiences and more. 

Neurological Conditions and Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

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 every individual in line with their needs. Our ABI services provide nursing care for people with Acquired Brain Injury as well as progressive neurological disorders, such as Motor Neurone Disease, that may lead to end of-life care. Our services also provide care for those with autism. All of our care homes are led by a team of fully trained and dedicated staff, who are supported with specialist training by our in-house Training Academy. 

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. 

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.  

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. 

FAQ

My loved one has specific care needs. Where do I find out more information about support? 

Our ABI homes are able to accommodate a number of different conditions. Please contact heretohelp@sussexhealthcare.co.uk, where we can help you find out more information about the Home that is best suited to the individual’s care needs. 

How does SHC support individuals to make their own decisions?

At SHC we have developed services that support every individual. Our services for people with Neurological Conditions and Acquired Brain Injury are purpose-built with en-suite rooms and track hoisting. Rooms can be personalised in any way that an individual wishes, including paint/wallpaper, furniture and more. 

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. Activities such as gardening and cooking are encouraged, enabling people we support to make their own, healthy, choices.  

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. 

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, and specialist computer systems, such as 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.