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Sussex Healthcare: Celebrating 25 Years of Care


For over two decades Sussex Healthcare has been providing care to elderly and other adults in need of specialised care. It operates facilities on the southern coast of England .

Its two joint chairmen ­— Shiraz Boghani and Shafik Sachedina — have brought their divergent skills and backgrounds to Sussex Healthcare. The combination of Boghani’s experience in managing hotels and Sachedina’s medical background as a dental surgeon has been combined over the decades to create a vibrant and award-winning adult care network.

The first Sussex Healthcare facility opened in 1985. Today more than 20 facilities operate under the company’s umbrella, including a state-of-the-art gym and daycare facility, along with their full-care residential “houses.”

The company specializes not only in operating live-in facilities for older people dealing with dementia or Alzheimer’s, but also younger adults with neurological disabilities and other cognitive issues. Sussex Healthcare operates facilities that cater to both individuals with extensive care needs and those whose needs are more limited.

Its skilled caregiving staff and support team are trained and committed to taking care of the people who call Sussex Healthcare facilities home. Training, continuing education, and competitive compensation are all hallmarks of the management of Sussex Healthcare.

The services of Sussex Healthcare provides are based on a philosophy that believes all the people in their care deserve continued access to leisure, social, and recreational activities. The simple rubric of physical health is not enough. The lives being lived in Sussex Healthcare facilities should be lives worth living.

All of their facilities include programs to encourage residents to stay active and engaged in their surroundings, including individualized leisure and activity plans based on the resident’s interests earlier in life.

All of Sussex Healthcare’s residential facilities maintain skilled chefs and staff who create nutritious meals daily and who can provide meals to individual residents who have specific dietary needs.

Leadership

For the past two decades, the co-chairs of Sussex Healthcare have been Shiraz Boghani, whose background is in the hospitality industry, and Shafik Sachedina, a dentist trained at Guy’s Hospital in Southwark, London.

Shiraz Boghani

A successful entrepreneur, Boghani is also active with the Splendid Hospitality hotels group, which operates over 20 hotels, including the Hilton London Bankside and the Conrad London St James. He is a founding partner of Sojourn and is its chairman. He was the recipient of the Asian Business Awards Hotelier of the Year in 2016 and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Boghani was born in Kenya and in 1969 settled in the United Kingdom, working as an accountant earlier in his career at Thomson McLintock & Co. He’s been active in the hospitality industry for 30 years and at Sussex Healthcare for the past 20. A committed philanthropist, Mr. Boghani is an active member of the Ismaili community. He is a member of the National Council, the Chairman of the National Conciliation and Arbitration Board, and Resource Development Convener for Aga Khan University.

Shafik Sachedina

Shafik Sachedina was born in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, and graduated from Guy’s Hospital Dental School at the University of London in 1975 before embarking on a career as a dental surgeon.

He too is active in the Ismaili community, serving as the head of the Department of Jamati Institutions at the Secretariat of His Highness the Aga Khan. He’s also a member of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Committee, chairman of the FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance International Coordinating Committee, and a member of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum. He previously served as president of the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom.

Amanda Morgan-Taylor

In March of 2018 Sussex Healthcare was proud to have Amanda Morgan-Taylor become its chief executive officer (CEO). She has a long professional history in the healthcare field, beginning as a mental health nurse in 1984. Over the ensuing decades, she worked her way up through the ranks and possesses a thorough understanding of the challenges facing those who work for her at Sussex Healthcare.

She has held leadership positions at Cambrica Limited, the Embrace Group, Craegmoor Healthcare, and both the Cheshire and Flintshire county councils. Her career has been focused on bettering the care received by the elderly and those with cognitive development issues. She has expertise in compliance and auditing in both the public and private sectors.

The relationship between professional caregivers and the people who depend on them for care is something Morgan-Taylor understands very deeply, both from the perspective of management and as someone who worked on the ground directly with patients.

Board Members

Corrine Wallace serves as Head of Marketing. Earlier in her career, she was a registered general and learning disability nurse. Later she earned a Masters Degree in Management, Marketing, and Finance from the University of Sussex.

Serving as policy advisors for Sussex Healthcare are Professor Nick Bosanquet and Peter Catchpole. Professor Bosanquet is Emeritus Professor of Health Policy at Imperial College London with a specialization in health economics. Mr. Catchpole is a long-time health care consultant with a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Sussex and Roffey Park Management College.

Staff

Sussex Healthcare attracts a dedicated staff of compassionate, professional caregivers.

Continued training for staff is an investment that Sussex Healthcare is committed to. It operates its own in-house Training Academy at its headquarters in Warnham, West Sussex. Sussex Healthcare also helps its employees with continuing education efforts by supporting nursing apprenticeships, management courses, and other topical training.

Along with competitive salaries, benefits at Sussex Healthcare include a pension program, uniforms, a free staff bus, reduced rate accommodations, subsidiary meals, paid vacations, and career enhancement opportunities.

Types of Care

The underlying philosophy of Sussex Healthcare is to provide superior physical, emotional, spiritual, and social care to individuals put in its care. Sussex Healthcare strives to help people live a full life with the support of trained staff and superior facilities.

Care for Older People

The seven full-residential homes operated by Sussex Healthcare provide accommodation, meals, and both social and individualized care to residents in open, relaxed quarters. Onsite care providers meet medical needs and additional therapeutic programs are a regular part of the operations of each home.

Specialist Adult Care

Adults of all ages with learning and physical development issues are provided care at a number of Sussex Healthcare facilities. Most include track hoisting, multisensory rooms, and spa pools and specialist care.

Respite Care and Short Breaks

Sussex Healthcare facilities offer short-term respite care to allow at-home caregivers to have a break from the responsibilities of caring for their loved ones.

Palliative Care

Sussex Healthcare offers specialised care for those who are chronically or terminally ill. Specialists are available and trained in the Gold Standard Framework for End of Life Care, which emphasizes a compassionate approach to pain management and other end-of-life issues.

Dementia Care

Because of the aging of the population, dementia care is a continued emphasis of Sussex Healthcare. Its management philosophy is to emphasize that dementia sufferers should continue to live an active and community-orientated life.

Staff at Sussex Healthcare facilities has been thoroughly trained in dementia care and is also provided with continuing education opportunities so as to keep abreast with the latest strategies in caring for people with dementia. Personalized plans are developed for each individual as they manage their memory-loss issues.

Neurological Care

Sussex Healthcare has several facilities that can provide care for individuals with neurological and acquired brain-injury issues. A wide variety of conditions can be handled by the staff of Sussex Healthcare, including Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease, and spinal cord injuries.

Staff at Sussex Healthcare includes physiotherapists and speech and language therapists. Alternative therapies like reflexology and aromatherapy are also available. Programs with the National Hospital for Neurology in Queens Square, the Royal Hospital for Neurological Disorders, and Guys and St Thomas hospitals have provided Sussex Healthcare staff with the best training available.

PMLD Care

Care for those with PMLD (Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities) is also available from Sussex Healthcare. The care is person-centered and makes use of the specialist facilities that are part of the Sussex Healthcare network of facilities.

Sussex Healthcare works closely with local colleges and other institutions to provide PMLD individuals every opportunity to live full and stimulating lives. This includes working closely with the Profound Education Team at the Children’s Trust to provide outreach programs.

Residential support is available so that individuals can do things like shop for their own food, get appropriate work, and live as normalized a life as possible.

Facilities

Sussex Healthcare’s swimming pool and gym
Sussex Healthcare’s specialised swimming pool and gym at the Rapkyns Care Centre in Horsham

Sussex Healthcare is the largest provider of residential and nursing care in the area, with over 580 living arrangements under its care.

Well-trained and committed nursing care professionals staff all of Sussex Healthcare’s residential facilities. These facilities balance a traditional, comfortable ambiance with unobtrusive, behind-the-scenes modern technology. Most facilities provide around-the-clock skilled nursing care for individuals living in the facility who need it.

A number of activities and therapeutic programs are regularly scheduled at each residential facility operated by Sussex Healthcare. These include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and reflexology programs.

The kitchens at these facilities follow a philosophy of sourcing ingredients locally whenever possible and menus can be flexible for those with specific dietary needs.

Several of the residential houses include gardens that residents can work in if they would like. There are also a wide range of crafts and other activities at each residential facility. Transportation is provided to Sussex Healthcare’s specialised facilities — such as its swimming pool and gym, the Rapkyns Care Centre in Horsham — and other excursions.

Residential Facilities For Older People

Sussex Healthcare operates seven full-residential facilities for older members of the community.

Clemsfold House

Set in a charming country house near the village of Horsham, West Sussex, Clemsfold House Care Home accommodates older individuals with services available for people suffering with dementia. It has a capacity of 31 residents and includes two lounges and a dining room and a garden with a lake. The facility is managed to ensure that residents can live an active lifestyle while maintaining their personal privacy.

Forest Lodge

Sussex Healthcare Forest Lodge
Sussex Healthcare’s Forest Lodge facility is located in East Sussex.

An Edwardian country house outside of Uckfield, East Sussex, Forest Lodge is surrounded by eight acres of gardens. The facility is home to people needing specialist care due to the effects of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease and includes both single and shared rooms. There are three lounges, a dining room, two purpose-built activity rooms, and two reminiscence areas — one a country store and one a cafe.

Kingsmead Care Centre

On the edge of Horsham, West Sussex, and set amidst gardens, Kingsmead Care Centre operates separate units, one for older residents and the other for people with physical disabilities. It resulted in the merging of Kingsmead Care Home and Kingsmead Haven. There is a lounge/dining room, an activity area, and gardens on the grounds.

Rapkyns Care Home

Part of a 40-acre property close to Horsham in West Sussex, the Rapkyns Care Home is spacious and specializes in caring for individuals with long-term neurological conditions, including Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and acquired brain injury. There is a walled rose garden, a mature forest, and a lake on the grounds.

Upper Mead

Located in Henfield, West Sussex, Upper Mead features a courtyard garden in a beautifully restored home. There are 37 units for people over 65. The separate unit that serves the needs of individuals with dementia or Alzheimer’s houses 11 residents.

Longfield Manor

Sussex Healthcare Longfield Manor
Longfield Manor – one of Sussex Healthcare’s facilities – is located in Billinghurst, West Sussex

A facility providing specialist care for older people, Longfield Manor is located in Billingshurst, West Sussex, and has a capacity of 40 residents, with an additional 14-person unit for people with dementia. Longfield Manor has four lounges, a quiet room, a hairdressing salon, and a dining room with a view of the gardens.

Horncastle House

A grand Elizabethan structure approximately four miles from East Grinstead, West Sussex, the Horncastle House features beautiful views of the South Downs. It includes facilities for adults with physical disabilities and can house 28 individuals. There are 15 acres of orchards, a rose garden, and a mature forest.

Specialist Adult Care Facilities

Sussex Healthcare operates 13 facilities that provide care to adults with special needs.

These include the Beechcroft Care Centre and Hazel Lodge, Beech Lodge and Oak Lodge, Horncastle Care Centre, Kingsmead Care Centre, Kingsmead Lodge, Norfolk Lodge, Orchard Lodge and Boldings Lodge, Rapkyns Care Centre, Rapkyns Care Home, Sycamore Lodge, White Lodge, Wisteria Lodge, and Woodhurst Lodge.

Rapkyns Care Centre

Sussex Healthcare: Rapkyns Care Home
Rapkyns Care Home, located in Horsham, West Sussex, is one of many facilities managed by Sussex Healthcare

The Rapkyns Care Centre in Horsham, West Sussex, is a state-of-the-art facility that serves the needs of people under the care of Sussex Healthcare. It includes gym equipment, an underwater treadmill, and constant-current swimming.

Services available include physiotherapy and hydrotherapy treatment overseen by professional staff with expertise in musculoskeletal, respiratory, and neurological conditions. Exercise programs include stretching, strengthening, posture, balance, mobility, endurance, and gait re-education.

Redwood House Day Centre

Located near Broadbridge Heath in Horsham, the Redwood House Day Centre is for individuals who live at home or in a residential setting. Daily activities can include art and crafts, cooking, and gardening.

There is a sensory room in which therapies such as aromatherapy and reflexology take place. The IT room has touchscreen computers and a home cinema. There are regular live music sessions at the Beech Lodge.

The Centre has open grounds for walking and other outdoor activities.

Sussex Healthcare Group

The Sussex Healthcare Group operates a number of healthcare and care facilities that are related to its core of care facilities. These include:

Sussex Healthcare Audiology

With several locations in Sussex (and Surrey, Kent, and Berkshire), SHC Audiology provides testing and treatment for age-related hearing loss. Hearing examinations and hearing aid fittings can be arranged at any of the locations.

Treehouse Educare

Under the auspices of Treehouse Educare, three facilities for individuals between 7 and 19 years of age who are dealing with autism and related issues are operated by the Sussex Healthcare Group. The residential facilities — all located on a 100-acre parcel in the countryside — are the Clockhouse, Farmhouse, and Cottages. Children staying at any of three facilities attend the New Barn School, which offers a waking curriculum and 52-week placements.

Dental Practices

Providing dental care to all ages, the Causeway and Black Horse Way dental practices have operated in the Horsham, West Sussex, for over 30 years. They are the area’s largest dental provider and offer a wide range of clinical and cosmetic dental treatments.

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