Plawhatch Lane, Sharpthorne, East Grinstead, West Sussex
RH19 4JH . Tel: 01342 813 910. Fax: 01342 813 911

Horncastle Care Centre, Sharpthorne

Horncastle Care Centre opened in 2009 and provides two purpose-built bungalows near East Grinstead. Each bungalow specialises in providing care for adults with complex needs.


Horncastle Care Centre is formed of two purpose-built lodges. Maple Lodge provides a home for ten adults with acquired brain injury and neurological conditions. Willow Lodge provides ten places for young adults with learning and physical disabilities.


Our aim is to provide a care home that offers a safe and comfortable environment with support and stimulation to help people maximise their physical, intellectual, emotional and social capacity, with a person-centred care plan. 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.

The friendly and homely atmosphere we have created at Horncastle Care Centre ensures that individuals are able to continue their lifestyle with personal privacy and dignity. Social activity programmes are encouraged with lots of access within the community.


Horncastle Care Centre is made up of two bungalows, each with nursing facilities for ten people. Maple Lodge has been designed for adults with acquired brain injury and neurological conditions while Willow Lodge provides care for young adults with learning and physical disabilities. Each bedroom in these new bungalows has an en-suite bathroom and there is track-hoisting throughout. A swimming pool and spa is available for all the people we support.

    • Experienced staff team
    • Call systems in all rooms
    • Underfloor 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
    • Physiotherapy
    • Occupational therapy
    • Dietician
    • Weekly GP visits
    • 24-hour nurse support
    • Multi-sensory room
    • Social and recreational activities programme
    • Annual summer BBQ for family and friends
    • 1 to 1 support if required

Care and Support

Nursing care is of prime importance and is provided 24 hours a day by qualified staff, under the personal supervision of the Registered Home Manager. Local GPs visit the home regularly and are on call at all times.

Therapy Input

SHC has access to a range of trusted external therapists. Physiotherapy, occupational therapy and complementary therapies are available on request. Experts are available to advise on any aspect of an individual's care, recreational pursuits or environment.


At Horncastle Care Centre we pride ourselves on the variety of activities that we can offer, especially outings. Horncastle Care Centre is ideally situated to allow for easy travel to the coast at Eastbourne, Brighton and Bexhill. Staff engage with the families of residents and often support individuals to attend special family occasions, such as weddings, birthday parties and even Christenings. The people we support can visit their families regularly, and families are always welcome to visit Horncastle. There is also a flat available if family members need to stay overnight.

The people we support have regular outings to local supermarkets, town centres and garden centres, as well as a local pub that is visited often, where residents and staff receive a friendly welcome. Currently, one of the people we support attends a local drama club each week. Some special trips include the bandstand in Eastbourne during the summer months to listen to brass bands play, ending in a grand finale of the William Tell 1812 Overture and a wonderful fireworks display, or Kew Gardens in winter to see their Christmas music and light shows. The theatre and discos for people with Learning Disabilities that are held in Brighton, Hove, Worthing and Horsham are popular with the people we support at Horncastle Care Centre. Our aim is to provide outings that residents request and to access the community that individuals live in regularly. Care staff have also enabled and supported one of Horncastle’s residents to go on a yearly pilgrimage to Lourdes, which she has requested.

In-house activities involve pottery each Friday and a variety of other activities such as gardening, painting, gluing, card making and cooking. A book club and relaxation sessions are also held. Listening to music and watching films are also popular with the people we support. Regular committee meetings are held with all the residents who want to attend in order to give them the opportunity to plan and choose what activities they would like to do. Our aim is to provide the activities that residents ask for and to make life more enjoyable.

There is a Summer Barbecue (BBQ) for the people we support and their guests each year as well as a Christmas party. These are occasions that everyone plans, prepares and looks forward to. One year there was a bagpipe player who played for everyone at Christmas and another year there was a Greek theme for the barbecue. The latest theme was “Festival time”. The people we support and staff both enjoy having entertainers visit regularly.


Our experienced chef prepares interesting and homely meals with attention to individual requirements and any special diets. Mealtimes are important at Horncastle Care Centre and great care is taken to ensure that meals are attractively presented and served.


All staff undertake an induction programme 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 Academy, and QCF courses are undertaken in conjunction with local colleges.

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