A recent poll including over 21,000 care home residents across the UK has named St. Leonards rest home in Hayling Island, Hampshire the best in the country. The Your Care Rating poll included over 1,000 national care homes, including large private homes and not-for-profit homes run by organisations such as Care UK and Barchester. So what makes this particular home top the poll?
St. Leonards is a small 15 bedroom care home (as pictured), and from the outside is almost unrecognisable as a residential home. The home used to be two-semi detached houses, but was converted into a rest home in 1993. This, teamed with the outside patio areas, greenhouse and beautiful flower beds gives the home an inviting and homely touch. St. Leonards rest home is owned and run by husband and wife Mary and Frank Bartlett, who treat all the residents “as if they were family.” The home achieved the highest overall score (991/1000) in the survey, ranking highest under categories of quality of life, staff and care and home comforts. The Guardian newspaper stated that “it may not have the most up-to-date decor but there is a homely feel and staff, residents and their families are all keen to pay tribute to the high-quality care and family atmosphere it offers.”
St. Leonards rest home also offers an array of regular activities for residents, including bingo, newspaper discussions, singing, arts and crafts and garden activities. Residents are also encouraged to participate in outside organisations offering meet-ups and lunch clubs. There seems to be a real sense of community in this home, and it is no wonder residents and their families are so delighted with the care they receive here.
Residents are always comfortable at St. Leonards, and the family run feel means everyone feels part of a loving community. Families are also offered great support; it is clear this really is a care home dedicated to the love and care of its residents.
It is so refreshing to see such happy residents at a time where care homes are often slated by the media for being unpleasant places to live. The atmosphere at St. Leonards shows that there really are some amazing staff and care homes out there, dedicated to helping the needs of elderly residents and providing the support they, and their families, need.
If you or a loved one requires long term care, why not read our other blog ‘Understanding what to look for in care homes‘ to make sure you chose the right home? For more information about St. Leonards rest home in Hayling Island, visit their website.
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