Enter and view: Carey Lodge

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Bucks conducted an Enter and View visit in September 2019 to the Carey Lodge residential care home. They spoke to 13 residents, visitors and staff. 

It was observed that staff were attentive and treated residents with respect and regard for their personal needs. The home promoted personalised care, such as choice of food, drinks and activities. Residents were encouraged to remain as independent as possible. There were a range of activities offered to residents on a daily basis.

Healthwatch Bucks made a number of recommendations including that the menus use pictures, and revise symbols used to illustrate activities as this may have an impact on those living with dementia.

The service provider has responded to the report positively and outlined way in which they will improve. 

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General details

Report title 
Enter and view: Carey Lodge
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Buckinghamshire
Date of publication 
Tuesday, 8 October, 2019
Date evidence capture began 
Tuesday, 3 September, 2019
Date evidence capture finished 
Tuesday, 3 September, 2019
Type of report 
Enter and view
Key themes 
Building and facilities
Cleanliness hygiene and infection control
Communication between staff and patients
Health promotion
Health protection
Holistic support
Information providing
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Quality of care
Quality of catering
Quality of staffing
Staff attitudes
Staff levels
Staff training
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
Primary research method used 
Unstructured Interview
How was the information collected? 
Visit to provider
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 
Not Known

Details of health and care services included in the report

Social care services 
Residential care home

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Specific ethnicity if known 
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Yes action has been taken or promised
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
What type of impact was determined? 
Implied Impact

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.