Villa Adastra in Hassocks has won the accolade of ‘Home of the Year’ due to its exceptional care and impressive work helping people with dementia.
Villa Adastra in Keymer Road, was recognised in The Salvation Army’s annual awards in the older people’s services category for the consistently high standard of care given to residents and the steps that have been taken in the last three years to help people with dementia.
More residents with dementia are coming to the home as well as those who are in the later stages of the disease. As well as caring for residents, the home now has a day centre for people with dementia still living in the community.
Home manager, Chris Shields, said: “We can take up to six people a day and it not only gives their carers a break but we look at personal histories so that we can engage with people’s interests. We try to keep them happy and settled and make it a thoroughly enjoyable experience for them.”
Elaine Cobb, The Salvation Army’s Director for Older People’s Services, said: “The day centre service is valued by the community and also helps with the transition to residential care for both the person and their families.”
Commenting on the accolade, Chris Shields said: “It’s a wonderful feeling to win this award. It was a team effort. You are only as good as the team behind you and I want to thank the residents as well. We are always updating and adapting – this is a great award for the staff – it is the staff who are unique.”
Villa Adastra was the former home of entrepreneur Edward Stafford, who ran a department store in Brighton. He gave the villa to the Salvation Army to run as an ‘Eventide Home’ for the elderly.