We are able to safely support new residents during this time and we continue to deliverFood, Fun and Friendshipto all of our residents in our care homes. For more information, please contact our Home Manager using the number provided, or fill out an enquiry form.
Sussexdown has a number of charmingly furnished communal areas, including our elegant lounges and dining rooms, as well as our beautifully landscaped grounds, which provide the perfect place to relax with a cup of tea and a slice of cake, or socialise with friends and loved ones. Residents also have full use of our well-stocked Dame Vera Lynn Library, which they are welcome to peruse and enjoy, and are able to attend church services in our enchanting Chapel or even grab a drink with friends in our very own on-site bar.
Sussexdown was previously a Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) home and today we are proud to maintain our historic links with the veteran community. We were even lucky enough to be visited by the late Dame Vera Lynn on numerous occasions, who would enjoy socialising with residents in our beautiful home.
Sussexdown has 77 welcoming and comfortable, fully furnished rooms, each a 24-hour nurse call bell, ensuring residents are comfortable, safe and expertly cared for. We give all our residents support and peace of mind, whether they need just a little assistance, or full-time care and we pride ourselves on doing everything possible to enhance our residents’ quality of life.
We also provide specialist dementia support in our Princess Alexandra wing, containing just 20 rooms, each with en-suite facilities. The Princess Alexandra wing has been specifically designed to create a relaxing and calming environment to enable our carers to deliver appropriate and compassionate care in a safe and secure place.
Situated in the West Sussex village of Storrington, we are perfectly located to benefit from the local shops and services on the High Street, which is just a ten-minute walk away. We are also blessed with many amazing natural beauty spots on our doorstep, as Storrington is known as a ‘gateway to the South Downs National Park’ and we are surrounded by swathes of stunning countryside. This enables residents to continue to do what they love, whether that’s popping out for a coffee with friends, assisted by a member of our excellent care team, or enjoying activities with visiting loved ones. Nothing is ever too much trouble for us when it comes to the care and comfort of our residents and we always go the extra mile to help residents safely maintain their lifestyle and independence.
We understand that looking for a care home can be a difficult and daunting process, but we want you to know that you are not alone. Please feel free to give us a call or fill out an enquiry form and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have, provide you with support throughout the process, or simply give you a better idea of life at Sussexdown.
Sussexdown is dedicated to ensuring our residents are able to get the most out of every day, whilst feeling safe and supported. For us, it’s all about delivering the three F’s –Food, Fun and Friendship– to enable our residents to live a happy and fulfilling lifestyle.
Recreational activities are organised by our activities coordinator(s) to ensure our residents are having fun and making friends, and range from baking and arts and crafts to visits from entertainers and day trips out to local points of interest and attractions. For example, as a former Royal Air Force Association home, we have strong links with the veterans community and regularly welcome groups, such as the Lest We Forget Association, to perform for our residents.
No two residents are the same, and we love to learn about their amazing life stories, hobbies and interests. This helps us to build strong relationships with our residents and allows us to tailor our activities to suit their likes and favourite pastimes. Residents can be as involved as they wish and the activities team work hard to cater for our residents’ recreational desires, enabling them to continue to do the things they love, even if that simply involves sitting down and enjoying a card game or a puzzle.
Please see below for more of the activities that we have been enjoying at Sussexdown recently.
“I’ve worked in many different areas as a chef, but I made a conscious decision to move to the care sector, where I could support and improve the lives of the residents through our dining experience… I’m very proud of it.” – Howard Duran, Sussexdown Chef
Given our mission to provide our residents with the three F’s – Food, Fun and Friendship – mealtimes are very important to us and our residents love coming together to enjoy delicious, nutritious and wholesome meals with their friends.
Our menu is expertly crafted by our talented Chefs, working closely with our Caterings Operations Manager, and is cooked and prepared onsite by our skilled kitchen staff. We are passionate about providing high-quality food for our residents, therefore, we cater for all of their dietary requirements and meal preferences and always seek to maintain the same high standards when preparing alternative meals. Refreshments are also available for residents throughout the day.
We currently hold a food hygiene rating of 5/5 stars (date of inspection: 27/07/2020) and strive to provide delicious and nutritious, high-quality meals for all of our residents.
We are dedicated to protecting our residents and staff. We have taken the following measures in order to keep everyone at Sussexdown safe.
Employees and residents in our care homes are regularly tested for COVID-19 in line with Government guidelines.
An extensive vaccination programme has been implemented across residents and employees in our care homes.
Employees in our care homes are provided with all personal protective equipment in line with Government guidelines.
Rigorous cleaning and infection control procedures are maintained and monitored daily in our care homes in line with Government guidelines.
Visits are allowed in designated visitor areas and can be made by appointment with the Home Manager.
Staying in touch
All our care homes have tablets with Skype and Zoom enabling video calls with loved ones.
We have created a robust admissions plan to help new and existing residents stay safe. To find out more about our Assisi Admissions Plan click here.
To take a look around one of our care homes, our Managers can guide you around during a video call.
All employees take part in on-going training and are kept regularly up to date with the latest guidance.
Raphy Perez – General Manager
“My aim is simple, to provide the best care to each resident by having caring and well-trained staff in an environment that is safe, supportive and comfortable for all. My motto at Sussexdown is ‘quality without compromise’.
It’s a privilege to be trusted by families to care for their loved ones and it is, and will always be, an honour to manage a care home where the main priority is to have a safe and happy life for residents, relatives, visitors and staff.”
Although we aren’t able to offer visits to our care homes just yet, you are more than welcome to view our homes via our remote tours.
To protect our staff and residents, our helpful Home Managers are happy to guide you around our homes with a video call, so that you can get a feel for what life is like at Sussexdown.
If you would like a virtual tour, please complete and submit the form below and we will be in touch to help you start your journey with us.
We are supported by the Friends of Sussexdown group, which regularly holds fundraising events to support activities, entertainment and outings for the residents , many of whom are Royal Air Force (RAF) veterans.
How it all began…
In 1998, whilst under the ownership of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA), Sussexdown held a garden party to help raise money for its residents.
This became the first of many events and subsequently, dedicated individuals from the RAFA and the home itself formed the ‘Friends of Sussexdown’ group. Over the years this group have continued to hold fundraising events and with their inspiring dedication, have raised tens of thousands of pounds, providing facilities, extra comforts, activities, trips out and support for the residents of Sussexdown.
If you would like to find out more about Friends of Sussexdown or make a donation, please contact Paula Keene on 01273 452801 or email [email protected]
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