Where did that year go? It just seemed like January 2021 a minute ago and here we are at the start of 2022 already. The last year has led us, as have we all, to face the greatest challenge with Covid 19. A challenge we have all hit head on. During the pandemic, this year, the Board of Trustees at Chaseley, entrusted me to take over as CEO. For most of my career I have chosen my path within care and to lead a Trust as passionate as Chaseley is an amazing honour and one I have enjoyed every moment of achieving.

Leading a Trust like Chaseley comes with great responsibility and this means working continuously to develop the capabilities of not only Chaseley as a building, but also that of its residents and workforce. It’s been about understanding the world around which Chaseley resides and the development of a holistic setting, which protects the precious people we are lucky enough to look after and those key staff who work tirelessly every day to provide the best possible care there is.

As a team we have worked in a structured manner to handle the pandemic, co-ordinating efforts and following recommendations from the authorities, ensuring that the basis for management’s decision-making is continuously up-to date. This has enabled Chaseley to continue to grow and keep our residents and staff safe.

This year we are intending to continue our growth by embarking on our 15-year refurbishment plan to improve not only the cosmetic look and feel within our beautiful home, but also improve and future-proof the external elements of the building. We look forward to doing this with full input from our residents.

Last year we celebrated our 75th birthday and this year we set the foundations for the next 75 years and beyond. I am forever grateful to the local community and our residents’ loved ones for all their love and support to us.

Emma Rich-Spice, CEO

The main source of Chaseley’s funding comes from residents’ fees, which cover the cost of their care package and contributes to the daily running costs of the home. Various commissioning bodies fund the majority of resident care packages and they have just 5% surplus to fund all their additional costs, including the upkeep of their beautiful building, upgrading their equipment, and to provide the extra social and recreational activities and services that enhance the comfort and well-being of their residents, which is why they rely on donations and fundraising.

Chaseley is an independent charity-owned care home located in a stunning location on Eastbourne’s seafront. It is a 55-bed home that specialises in long-term nursing and respite care for people with complex disabilities, such as Acquired and Traumatic Brain Injury, stroke, spinal cord injury and degenerative neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone and Parkinson’s disease.