Chaseley is home to up to 55 residents at any one time, all of whom have a complex neurological disability.

This includes an Acquired and Traumatic Brain Injury, stroke, spinal cord injury or a degenerative neurological condition such as Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone and Parkinson’s disease.

Residents come to Chaseley due to the specialist care that they can offer individuals and their stay can vary from a just a short few weeks of respite care, through to a much longer-term residential stay.

Ultimately, Chaseley is home for their residents.

Care pathway

The beautiful Chaseley building boasts a restaurant-style dining room that serves meals throughout the day, as well as having its own bistro style bar, known as the CasBar, where residents can socialise with a light snack and even have a glass of their favourite tipple!

There is also outside decking with glorious sea views and Beachy Head just to the right.

Whilst at Chaseley residents will have a care pathway in place that enables them to undergo a specialist programme of rehabilitation with the Therapy team, alongside their person-centred care provided by the Nursing Care team.

Each resident is involved in the planning of their own rehabilitation and supported holistically by everyone at Chaseley whilst working towards their own individual goals.

Support is needed

Having a neurological disability or condition can happen without warning and have extensive implications on all areas of a person’s life, as well as on his or her individual identity.

It can affect physical ability, memory, learning, self-awareness, overall functioning and experiencing some of the changes in lifestyle, ability and environment can have a very isolating and negative impact on life satisfaction.

Motor co-ordination and balance deficits, headaches, vision loss, speech impairment and sensory changes are just some of the complex disabilities that residents need support with, so having a good social and recreational activities programme is particularly important.

Another key element of life at Chaseley comes from the dedicated Activities team, who provide a variety of daily activities, for all residents across the week, designed to care for residents’ emotional well-being, whilst encouraging participation and helping to reduce social isolation. These activities are not funded by commissioning bodies, but through fundraising and donations received.

Funding such as that received from The National Lottery Community Fund has enabled residents to partake in a variety of activities such as arts and craft, woodwork, cooking and gardening.

Video camera

Residents really enjoy making items that they can keep, they can gift to their loved ones and when the Summer and Christmas fairs can recommence safely, sell to help raise funds to purchase more equipment to continue these activities.

Through Neighbourly, Chaseley were awarded a grant to purchase a camera and video camera to use within the Photography Club and Hastings Direct funded several Ipads to enable residents to keep in touch with loved ones throughout the pandemic and use at their weekly Tech Club.

The Ian Askew Charitable Trust funded several weeks of Yoga, because often after a stroke, or if someone has been confined to a wheelchair, limbs may be stiff or weak and their range of movement limited.

Being in constant pain and discomfort can be very debilitating and is eased by taking part in gentle exercise and leisure activities: Yoga, group exercise and relaxation sessions improve mobility, strengthen muscle pain and increases the range of movement to aid good mental and physical health and an improved sense of well-being.

The Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust funded a subscription for a magic table, which helped increase resident interaction and game play, especially for residents in isolation. The Postcode Community Trust generously donated a grant that will enable residents to participate in recreational visits outside of the home to a variety of local places of interest, once it is safe to do so.

Fundraising Manager Jodie tells us “We would like to thank all the Trusts and Foundations who have supported the Activities department with funding over the last year and really helped to support the well-being of all our residents throughout the pandemic. These funds have meant that we have been able to provide additional activities as requested by our residents to help them remain sociable, engaged and active whilst the home has been on lockdown. It is also great to know that we have funding in place to enable us to take the residents out for day trips once we can safely do so and we have a wonderfully long list of places they all want to visit!”

The Chaseley Trust turns 75 this year and as part of their anniversary plans, they have recently launched a £375,000 fundraising appeal to modernise, update and refresh Chaseley. If you would like to donate to Chaseley’s 75th fundraising appeal, please visit their website of click the link: http://virginmoneygiving.com/fund/Chaseley75thAnniversaryAppeal

If you feel that you could support Chaseley by making them your Charity of the Year or potentially host an event on their behalf, please contact Jodie on 01323 744200 or fundraising@chaseleytrust.org