We will all need care at some point and being treated with dignity and respect should be an essential part of that care.

Buckinghamshire County Council has commissioned us to visit care homes across the county. We report what we see and hear, looking at how dignity is provided.

During our visits, we look at how people are treated and whether they can remain as independent as they can. Choice and privacy are also important as is their overall quality of life. We rate these with stars:

– Excellent

– Good

– Average

– Poor

– Very Poor

 

Ultimately, we review each home from a lay person’s point of view. This is because we feel it is important that all services in care homes pass the Mum Test. In other words, we ask ourselves, is this home good enough for my mum or any other member of my family?

Following each visit, we give each care home a report with our recommendations. We then follow these up to ensure positive change occurs.

Our Dignity in Care Reports

We have visited over 100 care homes in the county and have produced a report for each care home visited.  You may find these reports useful when you are looking for care for yourself or loved ones.

See the full list of care homes visited by Healthwatch Bucks

Each care home is listed by location. Alternatively, if you know the name of the care home you’d like to read about, just type it in the search box. Alongside our reports, you will find a link to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) report and you can also read the experiences of others. If you would like to tell us about your experience too, we’d love to hear from you.

You can also read a summary of our visits over the past 12 months up to March 2019.

Or you can read more about this project.

Please note: These Enter & View visits are a brief snapshot of the home at a point in time, looking particularly at ‘dignity in care’. Anyone looking for care should carry out a visit, of their own, before making any decisions.

Good Practice Guides

Over the years we have seen many examples of how care home staff make a real difference to residents’ lives. We want to share this good practice and encourage others to do likewise. This is why we have produced the following guides:

 

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