2 March 2020
Anchor has the highest proportion of good or outstanding care homes among all large providers
Anchor is now the most compliant provider of residential care homes compared to all large providers across the country. Ten of our care homes are rated as outstanding, the highest rating possible from the regulator the Care Quality Commission.
Beech Hall care home in Leeds is the latest Anchor home to receive an outstanding rating, commended for its strong links with the local community and exceptional levels of care.
Residents and staff at the home in Armley, which holds a breakfast for the emergency services and a Sunday lunch for local older people, were celebrating this week after receiving the accolade, just as friends and colleagues at Anchor's Montrose Hall care home in Wigan did last October.
In January 2019 Northbourne care home in Gateshead, was commended for their village hub with its own cinema, hair salon and pub, as were other activities for the residents. Home Manager Alison Fryer was praised for her exceptional leadership which had focused on developing a culture where residents’ needs and aspirations were prioritised.
Another Anchor care home; Dawson Lodge in Southampton, was also praised by the CQC that winter, under their new robust inspection process which now rates care homes as either outstanding, good, requiring improvement or inadequate.
Alongside providing top quality care, the home was commended for having its own pub for its residents, particularly the men who have a social club. Parts of the home are decorated with the residents in mind, whether it’s the themed corridors, such as Readers Close with its own library area and book case wallpaper as the residents enjoying this pastime, or the memory boxes containing personal artefacts so that residents, especially those with dementia, can easily recognise their room.
This came just one week after Anchor's Birkenhead Court in Birkenhead was rated as outstanding in October, also receiving outstanding ratings in three of the five categories and being praised for having its own pub, sweet shop, which is used for reminiscence sessions, cinema, library and indoor garden, all of which were created by Caretaker Paul Todd.
That month Mill View in Bradford also received an outstanding rating for the high quality person-centred care it provides. The focus of the party to celebrate the rating was in its 1950s diner, which was officially opened by an Elvis Presley-lookalike.
The four other Anchor homes rated outstanding are: St Anne’s in Saltash, Cornwall, Manor Court in Plymouth, Devon, West Hall in West Byfleet, Surrey and Silk Court in Bethnal Green, London. Their inspection reports are below.
Anchor’s Care Services Director Mark Greaves said the homes achieved the top rating thanks to a lot of hard work and commitment of the staff in the care homes as well as the care quality teams supporting them.
He said: “We strive to continue to raise the already high standards of care in our care homes so for ten of Anchor’s homes to be rated outstanding is an amazing achievement.
“We secured these ratings because of consistent good practice, focusing on person-centred care and putting the wellbeing of the residents at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make.
“I’m proud of all the care home teams who work hard every day to provide our residents with an enabling and motivating environment where they feel safe and happy.”
“We welcome such rigorous CQC inspections and clear ratings so older people and their families can see which homes are the best in the country.”
For more information on Anchor’s care homes, contact 0800 731 2020.
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