Bethune Court care home praised by Residents and Relatives in National Survey
A care home in Hastings has been praised by its residents and their relatives in a national survey on care standards.
The home performed above the national average in feedback from residents and relatives in four areas: Staff and Care, Home Comforts, Choice and Having a Say, and Quality of Life.
Bethune Court was given an overall rating of 956 out of 1,000 and 889 out of 1,000 by the residents and their families and friends respectively. Both scores were above the national averages of 893 for the residents’ survey and 852 for the family and friends’ survey.
The survey results come as Ipsos MORI publishes a poll which showed that Britons perceive care much more negatively than the residents living in care homes.
Only 26% of Britons thought care homes were a happy place to live while 90% of residents living in Bethune Court said they were happy living there.
There was also a mismatch between public perception of how staff treated residents compared with the older people’s actual experiences: only 45% of Britons thought care home residents were treated with dignity and respect when, in fact, all of the residents living at Bethune Court said carers treated them with kindness, dignity and respect.
Victoria Willard, Manager of Bethune Court, which is rated Good by regulator The Care Quality Commission, said: “Our residents have really positive experiences in our care home, as this independent survey shows. We’re proud to have been praised for our care."
“While we’re really pleased with our scores, the survey helps us further improve our services by giving us direct feedback from residents and their loved ones."
“Families can see at a glance which care homes are committed to raising standards by taking part in this survey.”
Irene Eldridge, 85, who has lived at Bethune Court since October 2018, said she is not surprised by the good survey results.
She said: “This is excellent news because the staff work so hard. I enjoy living at Anchor’s Bethune Court because the meals and activities are great, the staff are friendly, so I never feel lonely."
“There is always something to do. I enjoy the parties, outings, baking sessions and arts and crafts sessions.”
For more information on Anchor’s Bethune Court phone 0800 731 2020.