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Guildford Road, Broadbridge Heath, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 3PQ. Tel: 01403 327500. Fax: 01403 251343

The Laurels, Broadbridge Heath

The Laurels is a purpose built unit providing a safe, comfortable homely environment for younger adults with complex health needs which may include autism or physical and learning difficulties.

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This service consists of four separate ground floor units which have been equipped with all the latest technologies including a specialist gymnasium for leisure or specific physiotherapy programmes and a sensory room which has been installed with the latest eye gaze and magic carpet systems, offering service users the opportunity to interact and communicate. Service users will also be able to access the on site salt cave, two hydrotherapy pools and an activity day centre.

Philosophy

Our aim is to provide a care home that offers nursing support and stimulation to help service users maximise their potential physical, intellectual, emotional and social capacity within an individualised person-centred plan of care.

All service users have the right to live as normal a life as possible and to have the respect of those who support them. Sussex Health Care's philosophy is focused very much on a person centred, holistic approach to care, recognising the unique strengths and skills of each individual.

Facilities

The Laurels is a facility which provides 41 places for younger people with complex health needs which may include autism or physical and learning difficulties. The four bungalows provide spacious accommodation throughout. Each unit has 10 single ensuite rooms, each fitted with a track hoist system. The home has been equipped with all the latest technologies including a specialist gymnasium and the latest eye gaze and magic carpet systems. Service users can also access a salt cave and two hydrotherapy pools.

    • Experienced staff team
    • Nurse call system in all rooms
    • Multi sensory room with the latest eye gaze and magic carpet systems
    • Home cooked food using fresh produce
    • Special diets catered for
    • Chiropody, physiotherapy and psychological support available
    • Specialist bath and aids
    • Visitors welcome at all times
    • Social and recreational activities programme
    • Integration with the local community
    • Spa/ hydrotherapy pools
    • IT suites
    • Specialist gymnasium
    • Day centre
    • Regular visits from local GP

Care & Nursing

The home is registered to provide residential care and is led by an experience home manager who oversees a team of dedicated carers. The focus of the care and support is based on our personcentred philosophy.

Therapy Input

Sussex Health Care retains the services of a range of therapists including physiotherapists, speech & language therapists and occupational therapists.

Activities

The Laurels has the benefit of an activity organiser who devises and carries out personalised activity plans alongside the service user's key worker.

The activities include alternative and complementary therapies, dance, music, arts and crafts, cooking, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and swimming. Service users benefit from the use of their own specially adapted vehicles for outings and sporting activities. Participation in further education and leisure activities at local colleges and outreach facilities are available to all service users.

We have the use of our own specially adapted vehicles for outings and sporting activities.

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

Training

All staff undertake an induction programme at our training academy when joining Sussex Healthcare.

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 Sussex Health Care training team and QCF courses are undertaken in conjunction with local colleges. The Care Certificate is available to all new staff.

Assistive Technology

Sussex Health Care are always researching into ways to improve our service users' lifestyles and try to offer a chance for service users to be in control of their environment and increase independence for those who may be totally dependent on others to do everyday tasks.

We are able to offer the latest sensory equipment and technologies, such as the eye gaze and magic carpet systems, which offer service users 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 service user's ability or health status.


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