As a learning disabilities residential home, at Halland House we like to put the emphasis on the word home. Offering our residents a stable and positive environment that feels like home to them is important to us, but how do we do that?
Continuity of care
One of our advantages is our ability to offer various levels of care. From highly dependent residents to those learning independent living skills, we are able to support all levels of learning disabilities. We work with person-centred care plans, meaning we can adapt to the changing needs of each resident. We understand that physical and mental health can change over time and we frequently review care plans to ensure needs are being met.
Everyone gets along
The people are a huge part of what makes Halland House a home. That is why we are careful when inviting new people to live or work here. For potential new residents, we arrange visits to meet the staff and residents and start with a trial stay to make sure we’re the right home for them.
Our staff are just as much a part of the family as our residents, and our long-serving carers are a hugely important part of creating the homely atmosphere at Halland House. Everyone works together as a team, supporting and motivating each other.
Some people have been living at Halland House since 1972, a fact that definitely adds to the homeliness of the place. The care home is designed to be long-term, a real home for the people living here. People with learning disabilities are sometimes moved around from place to place. They might spend time in long-stay hospitals or houses where they were unable to be a part of the local community. This could be incredibly stressful for them and could affect their wellbeing. Halland House offers a chance to settle down, make friends and put down roots. Having familiar surroundings and people, and knowing you’re not likely to be moved on again, can make a big difference.
Over the years, we have welcomed people from the surrounding area, in Sussex. This enables family members to keep in touch and visit easily, which can be very beneficial. We also have some people who have come from London boroughs, who find the rural setting much more calm and peaceful than living in London.
We always encourage residents to make their rooms into their own space, with their own furniture and decor if they want. This personalisation helps them to feel at home. The shared spaces are designed to be comfortable and homely. Halland House is an old Edwardian property and although there have been extensions and improvements over the years, it has retained its character and has a very different feel to more modern, clinical residences.
The property is divided into three sections, with the ground floor for highly dependent residents, the first floor for those who are reasonably able, and the lodge for residents developing independent living skills. This way of working means smaller groups of residents and carers form family-like support units.
We also have rooms where activities take place and a lovely garden where residents can spend supervised time enjoying the outdoors. Having our own minibus means we can go on regular outings such as to local shops, cafes and the beach.
Find out more
If you’d like to find out more about our learning disabilities care home in Uckfield, East Sussex, you can visit our website or get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.