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Facilities Offered:

The Home comprises a large three storey house with a single storey ‘L’-shaped extension at the rear built in 1972 where the residents’ rooms are situated.  The Home is situated between two pleasant parks in a quiet residential area.  There is a post box close to the home in Old Shoreham Road.  Also along the Old Shoreham Road is a small parade of shops, a fifteen-minute walk from the Home.  Although this involves crossing busy roads, traffic lights are in place.  Hove Station has disabled access and is a fifteen-minute walk (via the railway bridge) offering both trains and buses.  An alternative route, avoiding the bridge, would make the walk longer, but could be suitable for electric scooters. London Victoria can be reached in just over an hour either direct or via Brighton.  Close to the station is a newsagent and also a Tesco Express.  The Post Office is a further fifteen-minute walk, or a bus can be taken from Hove Station to Blatchington Road.

Levels: All residents’ rooms and the communal rooms of the Home are on the ground floor.

Main entrance: The main entrance to the Home is a single door with one step.  There is an alternative side entrance with no step. There are no other steps within the Home, and a gentle slope (handrail provided) leads down to the main lawn and gardens of the Home.

Residents’ accommodation:
Residents’ rooms are situated either side of an L-shaped corridor.  There are twenty single rooms in the Home and one double room. The majority of these rooms have en-suite facilities with a WC and basin unit, but two of the single rooms are situated within an inner corridor and may be particularly suited to a couple, when one room can be used as a dayroom, and the other as a bedroom. There is a separate bathroom near these two rooms.
Room sizes:  1-8 and 10-18: 11.5 sq m;  9 (double): 20.6 sq m; 19-20: 10.0 sq m.  

Communal areas:
Lounge: There is a pleasant lounge with large leaded light bay windows, provided with easy  chairs. In the centre of the room is a circular table often displaying fruit and flowers, and a selection of reading matter.
One side of the lounge is provided with shelving with a fish tank and a small library of books, and there is an organ and a piano.  Double doors lead into a sun lounge with pleasant views over the landscaped garden.

Dining Room: Has two to three tables depending on configuration and is a pleasant room with a circular bay window.

Interview room: The sun lounge, or another room designated by the Home Manager, may be used by residents to meet their visitors in private.

Bathrooms: Three bathrooms are provided, offering opportunities for either a bath or a shower with various aids. All bathrooms are equipped with nurse call systems so that help can be summoned if needed. 

Pleasant flower borders, and shrubs and roses are carefully tended by the Home’s gardener. Level wide brick paths enable residents to walk through the gardens and summer house and patio is much enjoyed by the residents with a number of shady corners where they can sit in peace and quiet. There is a greenhouse in which bedding plants are raised and tomatoes grown during the summer and which can be used by our friends living in the Home if desired.  The Gospel Standard library is situated within the grounds of this Home.

Car parking:
The Home has parking for approximately 15 cars.  Some of the space is taken by staff cars but there is usually space for visitors’ cars as well.

The Home has a Peugeot 12-seater minibus.  Six of the seats are removable to provide accommodation for 2 wheelchairs.  The vehicle has a rear folding ramp with electric winch to assist wheelchair entry.  Regular trips out in the minibus are arranged around the local countryside or to the sea front. Several outings are arranged throughout the year, either to places of interest or to a local Garden Centre.

Chapel services:                                                                                                                                                                                                               
The Home’s minibus is available to transport residents to the services at Galeed Chapel, Gloucester Road, Brighton.  The services are also relayed into the lounge and bedrooms.