Rectory House Nursing Home

Sompting, West Sussex

Fiona Wiederkehr

Care Home Manager

Rectory House nursing home in Sompting is a magnificent period house which has been carefully and sympathetically converted into a wonderful home for up to 41 elderly residents.

  • Call us free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0808 223 5530
  • We can assess your needs at home or in hospital
  • Rated ‘Good’ in all categories by CQC, read the latest report here.
  • Stunning Georgian period house
  • Excellent care standards
  • Beautiful gardens and grounds
  • Elegant accommodation and communal areas
  • Friendly dedicated care team

Rectory House & Grounds

The sense of occasion derived from approaching the home along the beech, oak and chestnut lined drive is more than matched by Rectory House’s magnificent Georgian frontage and beautiful interior. Large and airy communal spaces and bedrooms benefit from the retention of many distinctive period features including ornate cornices and imposing fireplaces.

The house is complemented by two acres of well tended gardens and grounds, in which residents can take the air or simply enjoy from the comfort of the conservatory.

The care we provide

Here at Rectory House, we offer a full range of nursing care support, including facilities for residents with higher nursing care needs. We offer trial stays, short stay and convalescent care, as well as long-term care. Residents are encouraged to bring important personal possessions to personalise their rooms.


Our home is fully registered with the Care Quality Commission and has Hospitality Assured accreditation.

Visiting Us

Rectory House operates an open visiting policy, where residents and loved ones may visit at convenient times for them.


Care Facilities

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.
A visiting occupational therapist ensures each resident's particular needs are met in our facility.
Our qualified dementia team are experts in the latest developments in dementia care, identifying each resident's personal needs and creating a dedicated care plan catered to them.
Trained dementia care staff are on hand to support our residents and ensure their time with us is spent safely and positively.
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.
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 enjoy cross ventilation, improved daylight and a range of views, thanks to our double aspect bedrooms.
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.
Classic fixtures and fittings, such as traditional taps, bath plugs and light switches have been introduced to the facility to help reduce confusion.

Indoor Facilities

Our simple to use nurse call system allows residents access to a qualified nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Our friendly receptionist is on hand to answer any queries throughout the working week.
Our reception desk is always manned, with a knowledgeable weekend receptionist available to help.
We offer full use of our modern hair salon, staffed by qualified stylists, to all residents.
Residents are can keep in touch with friends and family all over the world, as well as browse the internet, thanks to our reliable broadband, offered at no extra cost.
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.
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.
A room where all our residents can keep up to date with their favourite soaps and take pleasure in watching shows and films with their friends.
Light, airy and temperature controlled dining rooms make the perfect environment for our residents to enjoy their meals.
Residents have the option of eating meals in their own room, thanks to our popular and reliable room service.
Having the option of making your own cup of tea in a self serve kitchenette is a simple, but important choice we are proud to offer our residents.
Regardless of the time of day, our residents will not go hungry, thanks to our round the clock snack menu, offering healthy and filling food choices.
Our popular themed food events are a great talking point amongst our residents and add a touch of fun and variety to mealtimes.
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.
Reliable, modern and quiet air conditioning units are positioned around our facility to create a comfortable environment, whatever the weather outside.
Cats and dogs are welcome in our centre, providing friendship and a special kind of therapy to our residents.
Our experienced and trained head chef creates a huge choice of meals to suit every palate.
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 are able to worship and practise their own religion in our facility, with the support of our visiting multi-faith clergy.
Independent living is supported in our facility and our in-house shop caters for all our residents' needs, offering snacks, magazines and toiletries.
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.
Our relaxing green spaces mean there is always somewhere to go for residents looking for peace or wanting some light exercise.
Our beautifully designed landscaped garden houses a range of plants, trees and shrubs, providing scenic surroundings for all our residents.
Gardening is an enjoyable activity for many of our residents, and we offer raised beds for residents to plant their own flowers and shrubs.
Residents can plant and manage their own vegetables in our mature vegetable garden.
A local train station means we are conveniently located for friends and family travelling by railway.
Friends and family arriving by bus can enjoy the complete convenience of a bus stop on our doorstep.
Our listed building is full of grandeur and steeped in history, providing a beautiful, traditional home for our residents.
The smooth contours and fresh, electric feel of an urban environment make this a place full of energy and life.
Friends and family are able to visit loved ones at any time they choose. We offer 100% visiting time flexibility.

Manager's Profile

As the Home Manager at Rectory House Nursing Home, I lead a professional team in providing the highest standards of residential and nursing care for up to 41 residents.

I qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 1986 and have worked in a number of specialities for nearly 30 years, as well as spending time working abroad in New Zealand, France, Germany and America. I found I had a passion for working with students, so in 2009 I started part time Higher Education studies and qualified as a sign off mentor for student nurses in 2010, a practice teacher in 2011 and as a qualified teacher of Health Education in 2013. In 2015 I moved into management after successfully getting my first Care Home Manager position.

I fell in love with nursing as I wanted to help people and make a difference to someone no matter how small. To me it is important to show compassion for my residents, relatives and my colleagues, my door is always open to help support them and have discussions when needed.

I am passionate about developing and supporting a team of staff who work well together creating a home where everyone feels part of a family. It is important that high standards of care are delivered in a kind and caring manner, with laughter in the home offering a warm, friendly and homely environment.

Outside of work I love to watch classic black and white films and musicals from the 50’s and 60’s. I also used to be a fencing champion when I lived in America.

Fiona Wiederkehr

Resident stories

Jennifer’s Story

The loss of a loved one is always a difficult time. If one has just moved into a new home and loses a much loved partner the need for a caring and supportive environment becomes even more important. Jennifer first moved to Rectory House with her husband when she was confined to bed and he...

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