Enter and view: Rock House

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Summary of report content

In April 2018, Healthwatch Bucks carried out an enter and view visit to Rock House, a care home owned by Gold Hill Housing Association Ltd. Rock House provides care for up to 36 residents, most of whom live with dementia, and also offers respite care. Representatives spoke to six members of staff, two visitors and four residents. They also made observations. The conversations and observations were focused on: how people are treated, personal choice, homeliness, privacy and quality of life. The report makes 11 recommendations, which include adding photos to the menu to aid residents in choosing meals independently, adding photos of residents to their room doors, and involving residents with tasks such as laying the table. The report contains a positive response from the provider, addressing the recommendations and pledging to action many of the suggestions.

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General details

Report title 
Enter and view: Rock House
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Buckinghamshire
Date of publication 
Tuesday, 15 May, 2018
Date evidence capture began 
Friday, 27 April, 2018
Date evidence capture finished 
Friday, 27 April, 2018
Type of report 
Enter and view
Key themes 
Building and facilities
Communication between staff and patients
Food and nutrition
Information providing
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Quality of care
Quality of staffing
Staff attitudes
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
Primary research method used 
Structured interview
How was the information collected? 
Visit to provider
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Social care services 
Adult social care
Residential care home

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
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? 
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
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? 
What type of impact was determined? 
Implied Impact
Tangible impact (not cost related)

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.