Short Term Emergency and Respite Placements

We look to develop independent living skills under 18 months.

Oak House, Burgess Hill, West Sussex

Oak House offers planned or emergency placements with a maximum stay of 18 months for all placements for up to 14 people. The service is suitable for people with mental health needs who are 18 or older. This includes people with complex needs, with forensic histories, who use substances and who are homeless or threatened with homelessness.

The service can support people to move on from residential care or hospital into more independent living situations and ideally to living independently in the community. The staff team is skilled and experienced in successfully enabling people to move on to lower support services.

The Service is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and the philosophy of care and support we provide is based on their care standards, and Sussex Oakleaf’s values and Recovery Statement which respects client’s wishes, choices and their entitlement to take risks.

Oak House CQC information:
CQC Standards
CQC Information
Oak House – CQC Inspection Report
Oak House – Information Sheet
Oak House – Guide for Clients

The staff team will provide 24 hour cover although, except in emergencies, staff will sleep at night. This prepares people for a more independent living environment where people are encouraged to rely on their resources and problem solving skills. In emergencies or through periods of distress and disturbance staff will work a waking night and if needed with additional staff support from other Sussex Oakleaf facilities.

The support we provide varies from person to person, but can include:

  • Advice and guidance with form-filling, claiming benefits and grants
  • Liaison with other support, training or employment agencies
  • Support with budgeting and daily living skills
  • Access to other services, e.g. addiction support and talking therapy
  • Access to social activities
  • Links to Day Services and mainstream facilities.
  • Help with moving on to living independently and finding work/training

Each client will co-produce a support plan, through the use of the Recovery Star, with their Key Worker, which is reviewed on a regular basis. The plan is goal and recovery focused, with the aim of assisting people to move into more independent accommodation.

Personal Statements

“I did not think I could do so much for myself and doubted my abilities but with the support I have received will be able to live in my own flat”

“I can do more things now”

For more information please contact:

Service Manager, Julie Harper, on 07850 643151 or Julie.harper@sussexoakleaf.org.uk
or contact a member of the Oak House team on  01444 241284