Abbey Care was established in 1997 by Mike and Nessa Downes and was run by them until their retirement in 2016. Mike and Nessa were absolutely dedicated to their clients, striving to provide a service that was flexible, reliable and always went the 'extra mile' for the clients and their families.
Mike and Jenny Nightingale joined the company in 2004, and took over the running of Abbey Care when Mike and Nessa retired. The Ethos that Mike and Nessa established continues today and underpins all that we do for our clients.
We are based in Haywards Heath in West Sussex and provide care to individuals in their own homes in Haywards Heath, Lindfield, Cuckfield and Burgess Hill.
Jenny Nightingale is the Registered Manager. Mike and Jenny are supported by a Deputy Manager, Helen Reed, and our Care Co-ordinators Jan Langhamer and Diane Langford. We can be contacted by ringing 01444 455622 or via email.
From left to right Jan, Diane, Mike, Helen, Jenny.
We have a strong, stable, skilled and experienced team that we are very proud of and the excellent work they consistently do for our clients every day. This is reflected in the testimonials section of the website.
We are members of the United Kingdom Home Care Association Ltd (UKHCA).
We are an approved Care provider for West Sussex County Council (WSCC) and the NHS. We are registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Abbey Care strives to provide a consistently high standard of client centered care which is given with compassion, dignity and respect. Clients and those important to them are central to planning their care which is delivered in a way to maximise their choices, equality, independence and safety.
Call us on 01444 455622 and we will arrange an appointment to come and see you for a free and relaxed assessment. We will come and see you in local hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation centres if needed. The assessment normally takes an hour and gives you the opportunity to ask questions about us and the service we offer and for us to give advice if needed.
We need to discuss your care needs, medication, health history, your normal routines, how we can help and what outcomes you want to achieve. We also identify any risks and look at ways of minimising these, this may involve us, with your consent, making referrals to others, including occupational therapists and community nurses.
We treat people as individuals and plan the care according to your wishes and try to maximise your choice, equality, independence and safety. Although we formulate a care plan, which is kept in your home, our careworkers will respond to your needs on a day to day basis and always ask if there is anything else you need help with.
We provide assistance with the following:
Personal Care eg bathing, showering, washing, shaving, mouthcare, helping with toileting and incontinence products.
Medication This can involve prompting, assisting with or administering medication
Meals We can heat and serve meals and prepare light meals and drinks. We can also do your shopping for you
During our care visits we will also make the bed, clean the commode, empty rubbish, bring the milk in, help fill out forms, assist with the laundry, wash the dishes and the other little jobs that will make your life easier.
You all looked after my Mum with such patience, tenderness and efficiency….We couldn’t have wished for better carers and they all made it so much easier for me knowing how well she was looked after
The care that your team give is exceptional. I always felt that my Mother was treated with kindness and love by all who came to help her from your team. Nothing was too much trouble for her and they were particularly good at treating those ‘embarassing’ moments that come with any illness with dignity
Thank you to all of your kind and supportive team.I am sure that the way you cared for Mum prolonged her life and gave her a better quality of life in those last 6 months. You certainly gave me peace of mind and I know she could not have stayed in her beloved home without you all
We are forever grateful for your wonderful care given to P, our love and thanks, words are not enough. We could not have got through without you all and have some lovely memories of the last few years. Special people
I would like to thank you and your staff for coming to the rescue at a very difficult time for the family. Your staff have been fantastic in their care for H and their support to my mother. They always came on time and their kindness and compassion could not be faulted. Few people have any experience of relatives dying and it was very important to S that she was constantly reassured the process was going on as expected
My daughters and I would like to say a big thank you to both of you and your team for all the care you gave to my husband in the last few weeks of his life. You all cared for him in such a kind way, ensuring that he kept his dignity throughout. He loved, when he could, having a joke with the girls and we know he appreciated all the support you all gave him
Thank you all for your care and kindness during my husband’s illness. Every one of you was kind and put up with everything in the most gentle and patient fashion
Thank you for all the kindness and sympathetic help you have given E over the past few months. We would have no hesitation in recommending your service to any person who is in need of care
Thank you for all your loving care and help you gave R and me, you were always happy, caring and supporting and all lovely people. I hope when and if I need caring for you will still be there, for me
I would like to thank you and all the ladies who looked after Mum so brilliantly while we were visiting our son in Australia, we really do appreciate the great care
Thank you all so much for the wonderful care you gave T and the support you gave us. You treated T with such kindness and respect. You made a difficult time so much easier because of your caring. We can never thank you enough and will have fond memories of you all
Your staff were wonderful. The carers who attended my mother were always cheerful, polite, kind and caring. My mother was very resistant to the idea that she needed any support with regard to her personal care and yet your staff were always very understanding, tolerant and patient
Your caring service is greatly appreciated by both myself and my parents. Your staff are very attentive and from my experience they always have a cheerful disposition which is why I know my parents eagerly await the daily visits from the members of your team
You have all helped to make her last years happier than they otherwise would have been. Your girls started as carers, but over the years became friends
I’d like to express our deep gratitude for the very loving and constantly cheerful care that M has received from all your staff. Compared with other providers we have experienced, we might be on another planet, and we often refer to your calls as an angelic visitation! Many thanks indeed
You may be entitled to Attendance Allowance (AA), which you could use to help fund your care. This is not means tested and based solely on your needs. It is available for anyone over 65 who needs support with personal care. There are two rates of AA, depending how your illness or disability affects you.
Carer’s Allowance is also available for those who spend more than 35 hours per week caring for someone else
You are entitled to a care assessment from the Local Authority. When you have an assessment, your needs will be judged to see whether you’re eligible for services under the national eligibility criteria. Social care is means tested, so you may have to contribute to the cost of your care if you qualify for council-funded care. If you do qualify for this the care can be funded by social services directly or you can be allocated a Personal Budget. This is designed to allow you to arrange your care in the way you think is best, with appropriate support.
Personal Independence Payment can be claimed if you are under 65 and need help with personal care or moving around.
If you have a disability or complex medical problem, you might qualify for free NHS continuing healthcare (CHC). This is where a person’s primary need is a ‘health need’ and the NHS is regarded as responsible for providing for and fully funding all their needs in any setting, including their home. To see if you are eligible you can ask your GP or social worker to arrange an assessment.
For social care help and support call Adult CarePoint Tel: 01243 642121
Getting Help at Home
Paying for Care and Support at Home
Personal Budgets and Direct Payments in Social Care
West Sussex Connect to Support
NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-Funded Nursing Care
Benefits for People under Pension Credit Age
Personal Budgets and Direct Payments in Social Care
Personal Independence Payment and Disability Living Allowance
We choose our staff very carefully with the thought of who we would like to care for our loved ones. We are very proud of the team we have and have excellent staff retention. Potential staff are interviewed face to face in our office and if they are successful we obtain two written references and verify identity. All staff are subject to a background check via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) which includes checks of police records, before starting work alone. All staff complete the Care Certificate when they are new to care work and then work towards a level 2 or higher qualification in health and social care. All staff complete mandatory training and a range of additional training relevant to their role and the clients’ needs.
All new staff ‘shadow’ an experienced careworker when they start work until we and they feel competent to work alone. They have frequent spot checks and supervisions to assess the quality of their work and we have a culture of openness and honesty between staff, clients and relatives to ensure standards are being met.
Feedback from our staff is very positive, and indicates that they enjoy their work and feel valued in the job they do. They form meaningful relationships with their clients, and this is clear from the testimonials from our clients.
It is Abbey Care’s policy to comply with all legal and regulatory requirements, which apply to the way we run our business. This includes the obligations imposed by the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Respecting and ensuring confidentiality to our Clients, their family members and/or representatives and our staff members is an important element of Abbey Care’s commitment to quality service. This policy applies to all Abbey Care staff.
Clients have an unquestionable right to expect all personal information about themselves, their illness, their family and their circumstances to be kept confidential. Every employee has an obligation to protect this confidence. All Clients information whether medical, financial or otherwise, is confidential. It must not be disclosed to any third party without the prior consent of the Client or their representative. Information which is regarded as confidential and therefore not to be disclosed, includes information which relates in any way to the condition, care or treatment of a Client or any information about a Client or their relative including financial information.
Access to files containing confidential information should be limited to those individuals who have a proper reason for needing it, such as: Care Quality Commission (CQC) or the Commissioning Body.
All paper files and records are kept securely in fireproof and lockable filing cabinets working within the Data Protection Act 1998. All electronic data about Clients is stored on computers that are password-protected.
The aim of safeguarding is to prevent harm and reduce the risk of abuse or neglect to adults with care and support needs. The aim is to support individuals in making choices and having control in how they choose to live their lives. Abbey Care has certain obligations to safeguard clients from abuse and improper treatment.
We operate under the Pan Sussex Safeguarding policy, which is administered by West Sussex County Council, East Sussex County Council, Brighton and Hove Council and Sussex Police. We co-operate fully with these agencies on any safeguarding matter
Domiciliary Care Assistant (DCA)
Full time or part time, various hours available. To work in Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, Cuckfield and Lindfield. Experience preferred but not essential as full training will be provided. The right attitude is more important than your prior experience.
Good rates of pay, to include holiday pay and descretionary bonus scheme.
Your own transport is essential, as you would be working independently in the community. A DBS enhanced check is required, and we will meet the cost of this. Uniforms and full training will be provided.
To apply please telephone 01444 455622 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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