Oakwood Court, Haywards Heath

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    Contact Oakwood Court care home today.

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    Contact Oakwood Court care home today.

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We love being close to the popular town of Haywards Heath and you’ll find Oakwood Court care home is one of the most homely and friendly around. Our community is vibrant – a place that welcomes people with open arms like a big family.

We are currently welcoming new residents to live with us and the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents and staff remains our number one priorty. We are doing everything we can to keep them safe and protected. Please see more information about this below.

We are home to 35 people and give residential care, and we are dementia friendly. Our array of activities means we can brighten everyone’s lives, whether it’s getting stuck into something new or enjoying your favourite hobby, we have something for everyone and we aim to make the sun shine every day.

Our dedicated team of friendly carers are on hand 24 hours a day and we love getting to know our individual residents so we can make sure you have all the care you need to enjoy your stay.

You can relax in our comfortable lounge, enjoy delicious home cooked meals in our dining room or potter around our beautiful mature gardens. With your very own single or double bedroom with en-suite, the choice is yours.

Yes, we are pet friendly and very proud to have a gold award from the RSPCA! We’re also chuffed to have a 5* food hygiene certificate. 

Let the sun shine every day. Make us your new home. Oakwood Court, Amberley Close, Haywards Heath RH16 4BG

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I'm so happy with Mum living here at Oakwood Court. She's been here for 2 years and I looked at 5 other homes before here. The atmosphere is excellent and they look after mum well. Overall the care and the staff are very good and I've already recommended Oakwood Court to friends. (Pat)

My mother lived at Oakwood Court for 2 1/2 years, during which time she was very well looked after and felt happy and safe in a comfortable and secure environment. The staff were always friendly and caring and always available when the need arose. Family and friends dined with her at the home and were made very welcome and enjoyed good food." (Janet)

CQC findings and our response

One of our core values is to be open and honest, so we have created this summary action plan to share with residents and their families and friends. In this action plan you can read what the CQC told us and what our responses are to each area.

CQC Action plan Oakwood Court updated January 2020.pdf [pdf] 3MB

Keeping our care homes safe - frequently asked questions

Here is a list of frequently asked questions to help people looking for a care home at this current time.

We keep up to date with Government guidance and making sure our residents and staff are safe is our top priority.
 

1. Are Sussex Housing & Care’s care homes accepting new residents?

Yes. We are welcoming new residents to our four care homes in Battle, Bexhill, Crowborough and Haywards Heath.

2. Can I have a tour of the care home?

Inside our buildings are currently closed to all non-essential visitors. Health professionals, nominated chiropodists and hairdressers are currently permitted inside the building.

We are able to give a virtual tour of our care home, walking through the home using a video call to show you the communal spaces and available bedrooms. We also offer a video call with our care home manager so you can ask any questions you may have.

3. Are family and friends able to visit residents?

We welcome friends and family to visit loved ones in dedicated outside spaces, which are safe for both visitors and residents and follow social distancing guidance. These visits need to be pre-booked with the care home, at present they can last up to 45 minutes, and two people at a time can visit one resident.

4. Will the person moving into the care home be tested for covid-19?

Yes. Ideally the new resident would have been tested and received a negative result before moving in. The new resident will be tested on the morning of their arrival to the care home, and we will ask them to confirm they do not show any symptoms of Covid-19.

5. Will the person moving into the care home have to isolate upon arrival?

Yes. Every new resident to our care home will have to isolate for 14 days once they arrive. They will need to remain in their personal bedroom with ensuite facilities.

6. What service will the new resident receive during social isolation?

The new resident will receive our full care service. They will have all their meals and refreshments in their room, activities, personalised care 24 hours a day from our dedicated care team, and their laundry taken care of. They will however have to remain in their room.

7. How is Sussex Housing & Care keeping residents and staff safe?

Our care team wear PPE recommended by the Government. This includes a face mask at all times, and a disposable apron and gloves whilst they deliver personal care or food and refreshments. We also have face visors available. Our team are trained in infection control and to be observant of any changes in the resident’s well-being. All residents have their temperature checked twice a day and we conduct a Covid-19 test for all staff and residents every month.

8. How are residents being mentally and physically stimulated during this time?

Our dedicated in-house activity co-ordinators continue to deliver our sunny moments club programme. Every day there are activities in the morning and afternoon. These are tailored to our residents’ likes and interests and can range from for example; scrabble and quizzes to gentle exercise and arts and crafts and gardening. Click here for more information about our sunny moments club.

We continue to welcome external entertainers to our care homes who perform at a safe distance on the patio or in the garden or even virtually through the internet. Residents have enjoyed dancers, singers and musicians – just to name a few.

All four care home have beautiful gardens and outside space which residents continue to enjoy. From an ice cream on the sunny patio to a gentle stroll to admire Mother Nature, our residents really do benefit from the fresh air and scenery.

9. Can residents receive post and gifts?

Yes. We welcome friends and family to continue to send post, donations and gifts to residents in our care homes. Some of our residents have recently celebrated birthdays and have enjoyed receiving gifts in line with the Government guidance (gifts that can be sanitised). Click here for Government guidance

10. How can residents keep in touch with loved ones outside of the care home?

We understand how important it is for residents to keep in touch with friends and family. In addition to being able to visit safely (see question 3), we are making good use of technology. For example, we have a mobile phone and tablets in each care home for residents to use to chat or video call, and we support residents who are unable to independently use these devices.

We have a private family and friend’s Facebook group for each care home. Here we post photos and videos of daily activities and share updates. Feedback from families about these groups has been very positive and they have enjoyed seeing what residents get up to.

11. How do you monitor who accesses the building?

We have a door entry system at all of our care homes, this means that staff speak to anyone before they enter the building. Visitors should always sign in and residents have a in/out board to use. The doors are opened using a door release code and the nurse call system will alert staff when any other external door has been opened. We encourage our residents to live independently and have access to our lovely gardens, however, we monitor this access to make sure it is appriopriate.

12. How do you safeguard residents?

All of our employees complete a safeguarding training course to make sure our residents, who can be vunerable, are treated with respect and not abused or neglected. We are regulated by the Care Quality Commission and work closely with our local partners. All of our care home employees have manditory training and a DBS check when they start employment with us.

13. What health and safety checks do you complete?

We carry out regular health and safety checks in our care homes to make sure our property is safe, risks are reduced and our equipment is in good working order. 

Fire safety checks include for example:

  • Weekly fire alarm testing.
  • Monthly checks of; fire extingushers, fire doors, electrical items and cleaning smoke detectors and completing a fire drill.
  • Quarterly fire risk assessments and fire risk audits are carried out.
  • Every year we have our electircal equipment PAT tested.

Health and safety checks include for example:

  • Visual inspections.
  • Hoist and sling inspections.
  • Hot water temperature testing.
  • Internal and external environmental checks.
  • Condition of garden furniture assessments.
  • Legionella tests.
  • Emergency lighting and nurse call system.
  • Checking first aid boxes, window restrictors and wheelchairs.

About the team

About the team

"I have worked at Oakwood Court for 11 years I get satisfaction from helping residents and seeing them happy in our home.

I have a Diploma in General Nursing, Level 3 in Health and Social Care and I am currently working towards Level 5 in Leadership and Management of Care Services.

We have both male and female care assistants and also have staff who can speak a variety of languages. Our food is freshly cooked every day by our on site catering team."

Bindu Joseph, Deputy Care Home Manager

At Oakwood Court we have a range of roles including; a deputy manager, administrator, senior care assistants, care assistants, chef manager, cook, kitchen assistant, domestic, laundry assistant, handy man and activities co-ordinator. All of our employees receive mandatory training, regular one to one supervision meetings and have DBS checks. 

Residents receive care 24 hours a day and our teams are supported by our 24 hour call bell system and associated assisted technology that is in place throughout the home.

Prices

Our care home fees are based on the care needs of each resident and their choice of room within our home. Room types are based on the room size, outlook and facilities. The level of care each resident receives depends on an assessment of their individual care needs to establish their level of dependency. You’re welcome to bring your own furniture to personalise your room and make it feel like home.

Please click on this link to see the prices. Oakwood Court prices 2020-2021.pdf[pdf] 742KB

The following items and services are included in and covered by your weekly fees:

• The costs of your personal care
• Accommodation
• Electricity (lighting and heating)
• Food and non-alcoholic drink, including snacks
• Housekeeping and laundry (except items that need dry cleaning)
• Television license, including a television in your bedroom
• Wifi for you and your visitors
• Daily activities

The following extra items and services are not covered by the weekly fees, although we are happy to arrange them for you at an extra cost:

• Professional hairdressing
• Personal copies of newspapers or magazines
• Personal purchases such as stationery, sweets, alcohol, particular snacks, soaps and toiletries
• Clothing, shoes and slippers
• Dry cleaning
• Private telephone line
• Chiropody

If you have any questions about paying for care, our friendly care home manager would be happy to answer your questions. 

Paying for care

Our prices are based on your individual care needs and your choice of room within our home.

Assess your situation

Some people have the resources to pay for their care in full and others make means tested contributions. There are national limits that determine eligibility for funding assistance which are set by the government and are subject to change, so we advise you to check current figures when choosing a care home.

Paying for care yourself

If you are paying for your own care then you can contact our care home directly to arrange a viewing and request a room. We will do a care needs assessment to make sure we are able to meet your care needs. We advise that you thoroughly read through the contract before signing and make sure you are clear about what you are paying for.

Financial assessment

You will need to have a financial assessment before moving in. The purpose of this assessment is to identify the length of time that you might be able to meet our fees. It will also assess whether you are likely to require top up funding from the Local Authority. We require all new potential residents to undergo an Independent Financial Assessment.

We can give you details of an independent financial advisor that could be used, or you can choose your own providing that your financial report covers our ‘acceptance criteria’. We use ‘Care Advice Service’ and their current cost for a financial assessment is £145 (subject to change) and is refundable after six months. Following the financial assessment, we will be given a red, amber or green score on your ability to pay and we will discuss this score with you.

We require the result of your assessment to be green for you to move in as a permanent resident. We would not ordinarily accept a self-funding resident to move in permanently with a red or amber result.

Common questions

Does Sussex Housing & Care accept Local Authority (LA) funded residents?
We do accept LA funded residents but only with a top-up fee to cover the difference in cost. A third party can ‘topup’ and contribute to any extra cost and they will need to have a financial assessment (see overleaf) to identify whether they can meet the fees.

Do I have to pay a deposit?
We don’t ask for a deposit but we do ask that residents pay in advance (see ‘how frequently are care home fees due?’ question below).

Can I reserve a room?
If a resident is unable to move in immediately and there is a delay, we are able to reserve an empty room of your choosing. This will be charged at the ‘standard’ rate for the room and the charge will apply for the duration of the time it is being reserved. This charge is non-refundable.

How frequently are care home fees due?
For permanent residents, the payment of the monthly charge by direct debit is due in advance on the first day of each month, or the nearest following day if the first day of the month falls on a bank holiday or weekend. For respite residents it is a week in advance.

What happens if a resident becomes eligible for state funding during their stay?
We expect the resident or a third party to pay the difference between what the local authority pay and our fees, if not they will have to leave the home. If we have a more affordable room which is empty we can give the resident the option to move into the cheaper room. Before moving in we ask for the resident to have a third party top up guarantor in case a resident is no longer able to pay the fee.

How can self-funded residents have their fees changed during their stay?
There is an annual fee increase based on a formula which uses CPI and wages increases. This is calculated at a maximum of 2% plus 65% of wages increase plus 35% of CPI.

Activities - Sunny moments club

Activities - Sunny moments club

Making memories and creating special sunny moments is something we love to do.

We are passionate about creating moments with our residents that will brighten their day – we call this our sunny moments club.

We spend time getting to know you and create an ever-changing programme full of activities and fun things to do, giving you the chance to do what you love best, or explore new experiences or talents. Sunny moments are created with our dedicated activities co-ordinator and can involve individual or group activities, friends, family and the local community.

We arrange everything from crafts, quizzes and armchair aerobics to food tasting, movie afternoons and community choirs – just to name a few. Sometimes sunny moments are those moments we take to relax and reflect. We have quieter times to chat with a friend, share our most vivid memories or perhaps enjoy a stroll around the garden.

Sporting moments are sunny moments – there really is something for everyone. You can enjoy cheerleading, ball games, hoopla, indoor golf or simply reminiscing about your favourite sport!

When you wish upon a star

Most of our care homes have a wish tree and it’s a special sunny moment when we make a wish come true. We love it when our residents dream big and we get to see their face light up when their wish is our command.

Here's a sample activities menu for the morning and afternoon:

Monday - Skittles and flower arranging
Tuesday - Tapas tasting and Alive and Active exercise
Wednesday - Live violin performance and arts and crafts
Thursday - Hoopla and pamper parlour
Friday - Bulb planting and quiz time
Saturday - Saturday smoothies and scrabble club
Sunday - sing along and movie and nibbles

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” George Shaw

Fresh home cooked food

Fresh home cooked food

We know that meal times bring sunshine and are an important part of your day. We take great pride in offering a seasonal daily menu which has a selection of delicious, nutritionally balanced meals.

Take your pick and choose on the day what you fancy from the menu. Our trained chefs cook scrumptious dishes on site in our 5* hygiene rated kitchen, using fresh ingredients.

If you have dietary requirements or personal preferences, that’s no problem! Top yourself up throughout the day with tea, coffee, juice, homemade cake, biscuits and fruit. There’s not much that beats settling down with a nice cup of tea and homemade cake whilst chatting with friends in an afternoon.

Have your say and join regular meetings with our Chef Manager to give your feedback on dishes and share your suggestions for the menu. Here’s what some residents had to say:

“Full marks to the kitchen for getting to know people’s likes and dislikes!”

“My breakfast here is perfect, it’s exactly what I like.”

“I have a small appetite and have a small plate, but sometimes there’s not enough space so I’d like a small portion on a bigger plate please.”

Here's a sample menu:

Breakfast
Selection of cereals or porridge, mixed fruits, toast and tea, coffee, hot chocolate.

Lunch
Roast beef and yorkshire pudding
Roasted vegetable tart
Pear tart tatin
Chocolate organde cheesecake

Supper
Ham and cheese croissant
Homemade carrot and corriander soup
Lemon syllabub
Creme caramel

 

Your room

Your room

If you or your loved one decide to make a permanent move into one of our care homes you will have your own room. We encourage residents to personalise their room with their own belongings so they can create a homely feel and make it their own. 

For example, you can bring your own bed, furniture, chairs, pictures and television. The majority of our rooms are en-suite and we also have a few double rooms which can accommodate two people.

Each room has a telephone connection so residents can have their own landline number and wi-fi. We also have guest wi-fi access throughout our care homes. Every room has a television aerial and an emergency call system in the bedroom and bathroom. We also offer residents a pendant to wear which is linked to the call system.

We're better together

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.

We are pet friendly

We are pet friendly

We are very proud to have received a platinum award from the RSPCA for our pet friendly policy and we embrace the difference pets can make to our residents.

We are in our fifth consecutive year of winning a Housing Footprints award. This accolade shows that the RSPCA recognise our approach to promoting responsible pet ownership and how we acknowledge the positive difference animals can make to our residents. We have 109 pets living among our 800 residents, the majority of which live with residents who occupy our rented sheltered housing and leasehold properties. 

We have pet policy which is available for you to read.Pet Policy v2 2020[pdf] 270KB

"I had just lost my husband when I needed to move home so it was really important for me to find a housing association that was dog friendly so I could bring Lizzie, my west highland terrier, with me. I couldn’t bear to lose another member of my family.

Having Lizzie gives me a purpose to life, I go out walking with her everyday which helps me to keep physically and mentally fit. It means I have something in common with other residents and we have a good chat. Sussex Housing & Care’s pet policy is clear and I know my responsibilities as a pet owner.”

Resident from Nevill Court, Crowborough.

 

We are not for profit

Chalk board with non profit written on it

This means that any surplus in income is invested back into our properties to improve the quality of life of our residents.

 

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