Shinewater Court is a purpose built centre in Eastbourne, East Sussex, that provides accommodation and support for people with complex and high dependency needs, giving independence and lifestyle choices for adults with physical disabilities. It forms part of the nationwide network of support services provided by The Disabilities Trust.
Shinewater Court supports people with a range of disabilities including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida and arthritis, multiple sclerosis and disabilities resulting from accidents or a stroke. As well as providing physical care, it is committed to ensuring that people have control over their lives and are treated with dignity and respect at all times. There are three wheelchair accessible vehicles and access to local taxis, trains and buses.
The service provides opportunities for enablement and lifestyle independence which are key to enhancing the health and wellbeing of service users."Darren Peters and Sasha Ryan, OT Students at University of Brighton
The Disabilities Trust has 30 years' experience in tailoring quality support packages for individuals, to enhance their independence and deliver cost-effective outcomes in a person-centred environment.
Shinewater Court offers care and support for people with a range of disabilities including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida and arthritis, enabling service users to join or move through the service as needs and desires dictate. Increasingly people are coming to us whose disability has been caused by stroke, multiple sclerosis or accidents.
We recognise that different life experiences need a different provision, and we are continuously adapting and evolving to meet these challenges. We support and encourage service users to live as independently as possible, without a 'one-size-fits-all' approach.
We also use technology to promote independence - anything from an adapted kettle through to highly sophisticated, automatic environmental controls and specialist communications aids, all of which enable people to gain independent living skills and build confidence.
The Disabilities Trust disability services are the means by which we provide specialist services for people with complex and high dependency needs.
Shinewater Court is committed to providing an environment that encourages personal development, confidence and independence, and service users are encouraged to take part in a wide range of social, vocational and recreational activities. As well as providing physical care, our focus at Shinewater Court is on maintaining and maximising service users' quality of life, therefore giving people real choice, options and control over their lives. We ensure that any complaints are listened to and responded to within given timescales, and regularly review and monitor our service to ensure effectiveness and quality. Each person is fully involved in all decisions that may affect them.
We also offer independent living skills training programmes, either at local colleges or within the centre. For those who are actively seeking to move from a residential to a community based setting, support is offered according to individual requirements. Many service users have moved through our continuum to at-home (domiciliary) care, and our numerous success stories demonstrate that this is possible for anyone, regardless of the severity of their disabilities. We feel that it is important to use local knowledge and expertise, and therefore have close links with primary care teams and foster relationships to share best practice.
Facilities and environment
Built on a sunny private garden and courtyard, the accommodation at Shinewater Court comprises 23 single bedsits, each with en-suite facilities, including hoists and adapted bathrooms.
In addition to the main residential accommodation, there are 13 sheltered flats, which offer a greater level of independence and support for those service users who eventually wish to move to their own home in the community. All rooms have an intercom system.
Meals are available in the main dining room, with a wide choice of menus and special diets. There is a bar which is often used for parties and discos, to which service users invite friends and family. Digital television is available in all rooms and also in the communal lounge.
We offer a person-centred approach to support and service users are encouraged to take part in a wide range of educational and recreational activities including cooking, art and crafts, exercise, laundry, personal safety, financial management and IT.
Eastbourne has an attractive sea front with Beachy Head and the South Downs within easy reach. There are many amenities such as local shopping complex, a leisure centre and colleges. Regular trips are arranged into town including outings to shows, concerts and sporting events. Transport is provided by three wheelchair accessible vehicles and there is access to local taxis, trains and buses.