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Nick Herbert MP visits The Salvation Army’s Villa Adastra Care Home in Hassocks

19 April 2013 - 2:40pm
| by Gaby

MP Nick Herbert with Home Manager Christopher Shields outside the care home

Nick Herbert, MP for Arundel and South Downs, visited the Villa Adastra Care Home, an Older People’s Service run by The Salvation Army on Friday 19 April.

The Conservative, a former Minister on issues such as policing, food and environment, and Home Affairs, was clearly impressed.

Villa Adastra, a care home comprised of 40 ensuite bedrooms and private garden, provides high quality residential care for older people from diverse cultures, for whom independent living in their own home is no longer possible, as well as providing Day Care for the local community.

Of the care home, Nick Herbert MP said: "The Salvation Army provides an invaluable service with affordable care for people with limited means.  It was a great pleasure to visit the Villa Adastra care home again and to see how much the charity is doing to support local people."

Meeting the Villa Adastra residents

Home Manager Christopher Shields described the work the home does; “The Salvation Army has a long history of providing care for Older People,” he continued. “We believe tailoring our services to the individual helps us treat people with dignity, respect, and enables them to continue to make a contribution to their communities and families. A lot of our residents have made a huge difference to people with their lives, and it’s a great privilege to be able to give something back to them.

“We place a real emphasis on offering meaningful activities for residents both within and outside the home. Our day trips are a particular highlight – we go shopping, for lunches out and to visit local places of interest.”

Meeting the staff at Villa Adastra

The home is a part of The Salvation Army’s Older People’s Services, which, in consultation with those that use them, develops holistic care which addresses their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

With 16 residential care homes nationally which accommodates 544 residents, The Salvation Army has a track record of helping older people – all their residential homes are registered to care for those with dementia, some have specialist units, and one Norfolk-based home recently won gold-standard accreditation to provide end-of-life care.

The Salvation Army also provides other services for those in need such as sheltered flats and community based-assistance through local Salvation Army Corps, or Churches. These range from affordable lunch clubs for the over 60s to  help with transport.

Those looking to find out more about The Salvation Army’s provision at Villa Adastra should speak to the Home Manager there, Chris Shields – on 01273 842 184 or at

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