Get involved and have your say
Our residents are at the heart of everything we do.
Listening and responding to the views of our residents, staff and stakeholders is one of our key values.
We give you the opportunity to be involved in areas across the organisation and this involvement can be formal or informal, for example, being involved in a project group through to attending a coffee morning.
We involve you in the governance of the organisation, service improvement and scruitiny, getting your feedback and also involve you locally at your scheme or home. You can read more about this in our resident engagement strategy. Resident engagement strategy 2019-2022[pdf] 354KB
If you're interested in becoming more involved please let your scheme or care home manager know, or alternatively complete the 'contact us' form.
We're better together
We have a ‘Better Together’ programme.
Engaging and involving our residents is important to us. We constantly seek ideas, feedback and suggestions from our residents and their family in order to continuiously improve our service. Here are some of the ways we gain feedback:
Resident meeting - Residents meet regularly with our care home manager, they share feedback, staff updates and plan events.
Catering meeting - Our Chef Manager arranges catering meetings so you can give feedback about our dishes and recipes, and make suggestions for the menu.
Resident satisfaction survey - Every year we formally ask residents for their feedback in a questionnaire. This is anonymous feedback about all areas of our service.
Relative satisfaction survey - It’s important that your relatives or close friends have the opportunity to share their feedback too so we share a questionnaire with them every year.
Get involved - housing
There are many ways you can get involved. Here are some examples.
- Editorial panel for the residents’ magazine, New Outlook: Join us and help edit the magazine including writing content and proof reading.
- Resident involvement in procurement: Assisting us in evaluating tenders and sitting on contractor interview panels, as well as Board members.
- Resident involvement in key posts for recruitment: Where you can get involved in the recruitment of the executive team and scheme managers.
- Resident surveys: We ask you about what they think about our services to measure improvement over time and to capture views and feedback about a service or issue.
- Project (task and finish) groups: Involving residents, relatives and Board members, in groups to look at specific services/issues, for example, the website, anti-social behaviour and resident engagement.
- Coffee mornings: Board members to also participate in these coffee mornings
- Scheme meetings for residents: regular meetings at your scheme with the Scheme Manager and Regional Manager.
- Service charge meetings: Twice a year for leaseholders.
- Scheme newsletters: Including a resident's area and 'you said, we did' feedback.
Comments, compliments and complaints
We welcome your suggestions, comments and views on how to improve the services we offer. We also like to know when we've done a good job and met, or exceeded your expectations.
We recognise that from time to time things go wrong and you may feel you have not received the quality of service you deserve. In this case you have the right to complain.
Below is our complaints policy for both our housing and care homes.
For more information and to make a complaint or give a compliment, please contact your scheme manager or home manager.
Here is our complaints policy and helpful guide:
Review us on carehome.co.uk
If you are a resident or their relative or friend we would welcome you to leave a review about the care home you live at or visit on carehome.co.uk. Click on the links below to make your review:
If you have anything you'd like to discuss please contact the care home managers directly - here are the contact details for our care homes.
Guides for using digital technology
We know that being able to get online is of huge benefit to everyone, especially during times when we're unable to see friends and family or get out and about like we are used to.
Here are a selection of handy guides to help you to use and get the most out of your laptop, tablet or smart phone.
One website which enables us to video call others for free (on their 'basic' account) is called 'zoom' - people use this for meetings and chats. Here is a handy guide for residents about using zoom: Using Zoom - a handy guide for residents.pdf[pdf] 1MB
Creating a Facebook account
If you want to connect with family and friends on facebook you can set up a Facebook account free of charge. Here's a step by step guide showing you how to do this: How to create a Facebook account.pdf [pdf] 261KB
Facebook - residents' group
We have a private Sussex Housing & Care residents' facebook group which enables you to connect with residents living in our housing schemes across the county. We welcome you to join this group. Here is a guide to finding the facebook group and requesting membership. Please note, you will need to have an existing facebook account. Joining the residents facebook group.pdf [pdf] 179KB
Here are some useful websites which give information about using the internet and everything you can do online. Please click on the links below.
- Age UK - Tips for helping you feel confident and staying safe, as well as many more helpful guides.
- Age UK - making the most of the internet
- BT - British Telecom have a variety of free and easy online courses for beginners.
- BT - British Telecom help and advice for using techonology and being scam aware
- Digital Unite - There are 400 or more how-to-guides on this website.
- Barclays Bank - A useful website about online banking and growing your digital confidence
- All connect - Internet basics for seniors
- How to become tech savvy for seniors
- Factsheets about computers and digital technologies for people with a range of conditions and impairments
- A video about learning the basics on your android phone or tablet
- A variety of helpful videos from Barclays Digital Eagels
Learning about Apps:
- A useful video to learn about what an app is
- A video about how to add apps on Samsung tablet
- A video about how to add apps on an iPad