Rapkyns Care Centre
Comprising four bungalows near Horsham in West Sussex, Rapkyns Care Centre caters for young adults with learning and physical disabilities.
Opened in October 2004, this specialist care home with nursing facilities has been equipped with the latest technological aids and provides a safe, comfortable, homely environment for our service users.
Our aim is to provide a care home with nursing support that offers support and stimulation to help service users maximise their potential physical, intellectual, emotional and social capacity within an individual person-centred plan. Service users have the right to live as normal a life as possible and to have the respect of those who support them.
Person-centred planning is at the forefront of our philosophy with the service users' needs and wishes at the centre of our service.
The friendly and homely atmosphere we have created at Rapkyns Care Centre ensures that the service users are able to continue their lifestyle with personal privacy and dignity.
Rapkyns Care Centre comprises three bungalows for ten people and one for eleven. Each single room provides en-suite facilities. There is one bed available for respite care. An IT suite is available to all service users along with sensory and physiotherapy rooms. A separate Day Centre also provides a swimming pool with hydrotherapy services and multi-purpose rooms for structured activities.
- Experienced staff team
- Call system in all rooms
- Audio loop system
- Full central heating
- Home cooked food using fresh local produce
- Meals prepared by chef
- Special diets catered for
- Own transport
- Track hoists
- Specialist baths
- Spa Pool
- Occupational therapy
- Weekly GP visits
- 24-hour nurse support
- Multi sensory room
- Social and recreational activities programme
- Fully equipped day centre including swimming pool, IT suite and cinema /activities room
Care and Nursing
The home is registered to provide nursing and residential care. Specialist nursing care is available 24 hours a day throughout the home supported by a team of dedicated carers. The focus of the care and support is based on our person-centred philosophy.
Sussex Health Care retains the services of a range of therapists including physiotherapists, speech & language therapists, occupational therapists and expert advice is available on any aspect of a service user's care, recreational pursuits or environment. Rapkyns Care Centre also offers a variety of complementary therapies.
Rapkyns Care Centre has the benefit of an Activity Organiser, who devises and carries out personalised activity plans, alongside the service user's key worker.
The many activities include alternative and complementary therapies, dance and movement, music, arts and crafts, cooking, hydrotherapy, swimming and riding for the disabled.
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. Every effort is made to enable service users to keep in touch with relatives and friends. Advocacy and volunteer befriending schemes are encouraged.
The home is in an excellent location with extensive grounds but only 30 minutes from the seaside towns of Brighton and Worthing and 30 minutes from Guildford where service users often enjoy visits to the ice rink. Crawley arena is also a favourite and there is shopping in Horsham.
All staff undertake an induction programme of instruction when joining Sussex Health Care. 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 the local colleges.