South East Recorder Issue 21 - Page 17

Charity Awareness Westall House Residential Care Home For over 60 years The Abbeyfield Society has been providing care in various sectors of the care industry offering everything from supported housing, residential care, dementia care and also recently adding Care at Home services. Being one of the largest care charities in the UK, Abbeyfield boasts over 500 care and supported living homes and houses up and down the country and thrives to expand its quota here as well as overseas. In 2017, Abbeyfield were the proud winners of the Pinder’s Healthcare Design Award as well as being a finalist in the 7th National Dementia Care Awards in 2016, emphasising their commitment to providing care of the highest quality. Amongst Abbeyfields many pristine homes is Westall House Care Home the winners of Abbeyfield’s making time award for House of the year 2017. Situated in the picturesque village of Horsted Keynes, it lies on the border of East and West Sussex. With Operations Manager Jemma Thompson at the helm, there is a team of 63 staff taking care of the residents at Westall House. Under Jemma’s supervision and Abbeyfields recruitment requirements, all staff are trained to the highest quality necessary to maintain a standard of care which is expected at any Abbeyfield care home. Quality of care is a key ingredient for Jemma, who explains how all staff are put through a vigorous training process in house as well as externally. All the necessary background checks are made as compulsory and regular quality checks take place to keep the standard care at the highest possible level. Westall House offers a variety of care services including a Sheltered Housing service designed to suit residents with a more independent lifestyle. It is a complex containing around 16 bungalows for single individuals as well as married couples. Westall House’s onsite activities organiser arranges various social activities from bingo, quizzes, art and exercise classes to musical events where residents are able to remain active mentally and physically in a safe and comfortable surrounding. There is an onsite chef who is able to liaise with residents directly, assisting with any dietary requirements they may have. Westall House does keep close links with the local community too. There are weekly visits from the local doctor and also local hairdresser who visit’s twice a week. It is important that all residents are made to feel comfortable and welcomed in a home to home environment. Westall House is currently in the process of developing new dementia unit. As well as the many services that Westall offers for clients and its residents, it is safe to say the standard of care will always be at the top of its list of priorities. For further enquiries regarding services provided at Westall House contact the Operations Manager Jemma Thompson on 01825 791 157 or visit Registered in England and Wa W26SsCb6&G#s4C`