Latest news and thanks from Abbeyfield Ferring

A huge thanks to children and staff at Ferring Primary School whose Mufti Day has given us lots of food donations for our oldies. Many thanks also to The Henry Pub and other local people for their generous donations.

We are truly overwhelmed here by people’s generosity and it also saves time queuing in supermarkets for our staff. Our Home Care Service is working flat out locally to make sure everyone is safe and healthy at home, so the donations are extremely welcome.

Our residential services, both Cornwell House and the Old School House are not accepting visitors currently to safeguard the health of our older residents. We have also suspended our day services but will have these back running as soon as the government issues some good news.

At both Cornwell House and the Old School House, we are helping residents keep contact with their friends and families via Skype. Lessons are going well!

If you are an older person, or the family of an older person, who has been self-isolating but is looking at a residential care home place or a small studio flatlet at the Old School House, we can talk you through the facilities and send you some photos. We had a vacancy at each of the locations and the rooms are delightful. Just give us a ring and we can talk through how we can help you arrange this.

Cornwell House Summer Garden Party

It was a lovely warm day for this year’s Summer Garden Party at Cornwell House, our residential care home, in the village of Ferring, near Worthing.

The staff and volunteers worked incredibly hard to make this a day to remember and it was well supported by families of residents, friends of Abbeyfield Ferring, volunteers and staff. It was a great opportunity for everyone to relax and enjoy themselves. The residents talked about it for weeks and we were very grateful for the support of local businesses who donated raffle prizes and plants. The event raised £619.50 and our residents will be deciding to spend the money which could go to social events or trips out.

This year, for the second year running, we welcomed the energetic dance and entertainment group, Eight Beat Jive. Their demonstrations of dance from the 1930s (Balboa) through to Lindy Hop (Jitterbug) in the 1940s, Rock ‘n’Roll and the history behind the music and dance, was thoroughly enjoyed by all ages.

The care home staff made cream teas, baked homemade cakes, served up hotdogs and burgers and sold hundreds of raffle tickets. The tombola did extremely well and all the cakes disappeared from the cake stall and lots of visitors purchased plants.

Dee Reilly, Home Manager said ‘Thank you to everyone for making our garden party such a fun-filled day and seeing the smiles on our residents’ faces and the joy the day brings makes the hard work all worthwhile. We receive a lot of support from local traders and our suppliers. It was a fabulous afternoon.’

Supported Living Studio

Ground Floor Studio available now – fully refurbished

Our fully-refurbished ground-floor studio is now available for an elderly single person or couple. The Old School House is Abbeyfield Ferring’s supported living accommodation situated in the village of Ferring. This newly refurbished studio is near to shops, the library and the GP and is one of eleven studios supporting independent older people.

The studio has been fitted with a beautiful new kitchen and shower room with easy access and emergency pull cords.

Kitchen and shower room

Our accommodation is similar to assisted living and sheltered housing models but with an emphasis on our staff and volunteers having time for our residents. Independence is supported with a member of staff on site during the day, 365 days of the year and you have the security of a 24-hour call alarm system. Freshly prepared meals are available daily and the Old School House is a wonderful small community of friendly older people who still enjoy social activities and getting out and about.

Read more about The Old School House and please contact us, without delay, if you are interested in viewing. We know it won’t be available for very long.


Dementia respite service launch

We are very pleased to be launching our new dementia respite service, Stay Steady, for people living with dementia and their carers. The launch is on Friday, 7 December 2018 at our Abbeyfield Centre at 50 Ferring Street, Ferring, near Worthing BN12 5JP.

The launch is open to everyone that is interested including local health professionals, GPs, carers, staff and dementia specialists. Just call into our centre on Friday, 7 December between 11 am and 12 noon for mulled wine and mince pies. This is an opportunity to meet our team and find out a little more about the service which is mainly for people more recently diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s, and who are still socially active and enjoy getting out and about.

The service will commence on January 8th and 9th. It will run for two days per week and has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities. You can find out more here

Abbeyfield Stay Active flyer.

Recruiting new staff

Our team have been busy this month recruiting new staff at the Jobs in Care Recruitment Fair on 3 October at the Assembly Hall in Worthing.

The event was focused on Jobs in Care and was organised by West Sussex County Council ‘I love care’ team. We set up our stand, literature and banners and felt it was a good opportunity for job seekers looking for opportunities in the care sector. We did take a few names and chat to some prospective recruits.

We do advertise all our jobs on our website careers page so if you have visited this page directly, please do take a look at the current vacancies we have and perhaps bookmark the page in future as we do offer different roles from time-to-time.

Our current positions include Day Support Workers for 6.5 hours per day and Community Care Workers.

Successful funding for start of new Ferring dementia service

We are delighted to announce that Abbeyfield Ferring has been successful in obtaining funding to provide a local dementia service in the Ferring area. The funding has been granted by Reaching Communities England, part of the Big Lottery Fund, which focuses on awarding grants to help make communities stronger and more vibrant places in which to live.

The service, which will be called Stay Active, will run for two days per week and offer people living with dementia the opportunity to enjoy activities with like-minded adults in a supportive environment. This may include trips out, well-being activities, exercises and therapies. Additionally, the service will provide carers with a well-deserved break and the opportunity to re-charge their batteries for a few hours a week.

Jacqui Swindells, Chief Operating Officer at Abbeyfield Ferring said ‘We are very excited about being about to offer this service locally from our new centre in Ferring. We have a number of operational factors to agree first but hope to start the service later this autumn. If anyone is interested, we are happy to take enquiries on 01903 240313 and we will contact people nearer the start date with more information.’