Claydon House

Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2QT

Karen Grainger

Care Home Manager

Claydon House care home in Lewes offers the best of old and new in one breathtakingly beautiful location. Our double-fronted Victorian house with 45 bedrooms,  provides residential and nursing care, while our purpose-built extension provides specialist dementia support. This combination of nursing and dementia care in one location ensures that our residents’ changing care requirements can be catered for, without the need to move to a different service.

  • Full care pathway provided in one location
  • Excellent standards of care
  • Strong ties with the local community
  • Professional and friendly Care Team
  • Beautiful  and quiet residential location

Why choose Claydon House?

Located on a quiet residential crescent in the heart of the vibrant town of Lewes, Claydon House has been sensitively converted to offer modern facilities while retaining the building’s original character.

Our dementia care service has been designed to meet the University of Stirling’s high standards. Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre is renowned as the world leader in dementia care. By adopting this approach we can ensure that our residents are able to move freely around their home, with bedrooms and communal areas all laid out to aid orientation.

Our commitment to care

At Claydon House we have a highly skilled and passionate Care Team. As the Home Manager, I have a qualified nursing background and strive to lead my professional Team in providing the highest standards of person-centred care.

We offer a full range of residential, nursing and specialist dementia support at Claydon House – including trial stays, short-stay breaks and convalescent care. Our home is fully registered with the Care Quality Commission, as well as having both ISO9001/2000 and Hospitality Assured accreditation.

How we ensure the wellbeing of our residents

Claydon House is our residents’ home, and we never lose sight of that. Our home is light and spacious, with a welcoming atmosphere and a relaxing ambience that is carried through everything we do each day.

Visiting us

We have an open visiting policy at Claydon House, so friends and family may visit residents at the times which are convenient for them. For full details on how to find us, please click the ‘Location’ tab at the top of the page.

The local area

The historic town of Lewes has been an important part of the culture of Sussex since it was first founded. For centuries it was the judicial and administrative centre for the whole country and is still respected and widely visited for its historical sites and cultural heritage. Lewes Castle, Anne of Cleves House, Harvey’s Bridge Wharf Brewery and Lewes Priory are just some of the famous sites near our home.

Care Facilities

To promote optimum health in our residents, a personalised nutrition plan is created for each individual, with specific dietary needs taken into account.
Our trusted and well-liked visiting physiotherapist is available to treat and advise our residents.
Our local, assigned GP is able to visit our site to treat and advise any of our residents.
Residents can relax in our tidy and clean environment, without lifting a finger, thanks to our dedicated daily cleaning service team.
Our laundry is handled in-house, meaning residents do not have the hassle of washing and drying clothing and linen themselves.
We use a friendly registered mental health nurse, who residents are familiar with and trust.
We are proud to hold Hospitality Assured Accreditation, which demonstrates our commitment to outstanding service and resident care.
Our excellence in performance and efficiency is recognised through our ISO 9001 Accreditation.
Our dedicated Internal Quality Assurance Team ensure our accreditations are maintained and these high standards are reflected across the facility.
Once we have reviewed the results of the pre-admission assessment, Individual Care Plans are carefully created and a detailed approach to every resident's care is formulised.
Telephone and face to face advice is available to any resident with bladder or bowel concerns. Patients do not need to be incontinent to receive this information.
Our specialist group of activities co-ordinators make sure there are a range of mental, physical and social activities for our residents to participate in and enjoy.

Room Facilities

Residents can use en-suite facilities with added peace of mind with an emergency call point.
We provide step-free, non-slip showers, which are safe and convenient for our residents.
For sanitary reasons and convenience, residents are provided with their own personal basin.
An en-suite WC and basin is provided for the convenience of our residents.
For added safety and peace of mind, secure grab rails have been fitted in washrooms.
Electronically operated, homely and safe nursing beds are provided for the comfort of our residents.
Residents and guests can enjoy peace of mind in the sanctuary of our secure patio area.
Residents are able to enjoy all their favourite television shows and films, thanks to our modern television sets.
Clean, well-maintained furniture can be provided for residents to enjoy their own fully-furnished bedroom without the hassle of sourcing and moving in appropriate furniture.
Residents are welcome to bring their own furniture to personalise their space and create their own homely environment.
Private documents and cherished belongings can be kept secure in each resident's individual safe.
Residents can relax and sleep easy, knowing their rooms are fitted with reliable, professionally-fitted locks. These recommended locks are safe and appropriate for our residents.
To reduce anxiety and support patients' independent living skills, we have installed toilets which are visible from the bed.

Indoor Facilities

Our simple to use nurse call system allows residents access to a qualified nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Visitors have access to their own, fully serviced toilet facilities.
We offer full use of our modern hair salon, staffed by qualified stylists, to all residents.
Being able to enjoy great food is one of the simple pleasures in life. We offer a quiet, private area for residents to enjoy their meals.
An engaging activity room, where residents can take part in group activities or enjoy a game of cards or dominoes, is available for use.
Every bathroom has been designed to make it easier to use for our residents' specific needs.
Residents can enjoy the luxury of a warm shower in their own safe, assisted shower room.
A modern, spacious and regularly serviced lift is available for use to all residents and visitors.
A special quiet lounge is available for guests and visitors to relax and unwind in, free from the distractions of televisions, radios or loud conversations.
Residents can relax with a book and a cool drink on our outdoor terrace, complete with comfortable furniture.
Residents have the option of eating meals in their own room, thanks to our popular and reliable room service.
A packed schedule of games, activities and trips means there is a social event to suit every resident's taste.
Residents are able to take pleasure in a range of entertainment options, including singers and dance troupes, from the various types of visiting entertainment.
We offer a wide range of external trips, to the seaside, shopping centres, National Trust sites and other local areas of interest.
Convenient handrails have been fitted around our centre to aid mobility.
Safe, modern hoists are used by our trained staff to make activities such as getting into bed easy and comfortable for residents.
Cats and dogs are welcome in our centre, providing friendship and a special kind of therapy to our residents.
Our fire alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and sprinkler systems are serviced bi-annually by an external provider to ensure they are fully functioning and safe.
Our in-house laundry team ensure every resident's laundry needs are catered for, so they don't have to worry about washing clothing or bedding.
Wonky shelves, dripping taps and a host of other odd jobs can be fixed quickly and efficiently by our friendly in-house handyman.
Residents can always experience bright, airy rooms and an unobstructed view of the outside world, thanks to our visiting window cleaners.
Gentle, relaxing ambient music helps maintain a calm and welcoming environment for our residents.
A range of daily newspapers are offered to our residents, so they can keep up to date with local and international news.

Outdoor Facilities

We offer a safe place for friends and family to park their car whilst visiting loved ones.
Residents can plant and manage their own vegetables in our mature vegetable garden.
We are conveniently located near a bus stop, offering easy access for visitors and residents using the local transport facilities.
Our listed building is full of grandeur and steeped in history, providing a beautiful, traditional home for our residents.
Our countryside location means we offer a natural, healthy space for our residents to unwind and relax in.
A regular and comfortable minibus service is offered to residents wanting to explore local towns and visitor centres.
Friends and family are able to visit loved ones at any time they choose. We offer 100% visiting time flexibility.

Manager's Profile

I took a slightly different career path to many of the other Home Managers with Caring Homes, having originally trained as a Registered General Nurse in the Royal Air Force. I served for six years in total, including time spent at Headley Court, the renowned rehabilitation centre for injured service personnel.

Having gained valuable end-of-life care experience working as a nurse in a hospice, I then spent nine years working for Continuing Health Care, in which time I was promoted to Lead Nurse for West Sussex and recognised for my dedication to customer service and teamwork. This varied experience has allowed me to develop into a highly effective Home Manager, and I’m happy to bring my hard work, confidence and management skills to Claydon House.

I feel privileged to be able to make a difference to people’s lives, knowing that the small things we do really matter to our residents and their loved ones.

As well as spending time with residents and making sure they are comfortable, safe and happy, I think it is important to act as a mentor to my Care Team. I firmly believe that a happy, fulfilled and motivated Care Team will be better placed to consistently deliver high standards of care.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, walking my dogs and keeping fit. I attend a ‘boot camp’ style fitness group, as well as keep-fit classes two to three times each week.

Karen Grainger

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Our Address

8 Wallands Crescent
Lewes
East Sussex
BN7 2QT

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call 0808 223 5418

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