23 Feb 2015
A care home in Chesterfield has been praised by its residents in a national survey for the care they receive.
The results from the Your Care Rating survey found Anchor’s Heather Vale in Heather Vale Road, Hasland performed above the national average for the second year running.
Your Care Rating – the country’s largest and most authoritative survey of care home residents - received an overall performance rating (OPR) of 898 out of 1,000. The national average was 872 out of 1,000.
Now in its third year, the survey gives residents a voice, putting their care at the heart of understanding more about how well care homes perform. More than 21,000 residents in 1,034 care homes across the UK took part.
Each care home was given an overall score based on resident feedback across four broad themes: Staff and Care, Home Comforts, Choice and Having a Say, and Quality of Life.
Heather Vale was praised by the residents, scoring highly in the following: 100% said the home was a safe and secure place while all residents agreed that staff treated them with kindness, dignity and respect.
Care home name Manager Debbie Clayton said: “It’s great our residents value the care they receive here. Most of our scores across the four themes are really positive, which shows that life for our residents is happy and fulfilling.
“While we’re really pleased with our scores, we obviously want to get even better and the survey helps us do that by giving us direct resident feedback.
“Families can also see at a glance which care homes are committed to raising standards and being transparent as they take part in the survey.
“Every care home resident should be able to speak up about their care and this is what the Your Care Rating survey does – it gives them a voice.”
Resident Bob Smith age 90, who lives at Heather Vale, said: “I wanted to fill out the survey because it gives us residents the opportunity to provide feedback on the care we receive. I like living here because the staff are very caring and there are lots of meaningful activities organised for us. My favourite activities are gardening and poetry reading.
All of this year’s results for every care home surveyed are displayed on the Your Care Rating website (www.yourcarerating.org). The website also shows how homes that took part in the survey last year performed. All of this helps families who are choosing a care home for a loved one by giving them vital information on what the residents actually think of each home and the standard of care.
The survey was compiled by leading research company Ipsos MORI with input from the care home operators taking part, plus the National Care Forum and Care England. This means the survey is the most authoritative of its type, and is also the country’s largest, capturing more views of residents than any other.