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Homemead residential care home: Enter & View report
We have published our Enter & View report reviewing Homemead residential care home in Teddington.
The report was based on an Enter & View visit in March 2017 by a Healthwatch Richmond team of four (staff and volunteers). It was part of a series of care home visits, in which we used our statutory powers to obtain information, view and report on a care site, and speak to residents, relatives and staff.
Our report found that Homemead care home was well run on the day of visit, working to a high standard. The care home primarily looks after residents with dementia.
In general, we observed good relationships between the manager, residents and staff. Staff were positive about their experiences of working at the home, with a long time employee saying she “really loved her work”. We saw the staff engaging kindly and caringly with residents.
We noted a need for refurbishment in some of the bathrooms, which the home was working to address.
The manager at the home expressed some concerns about the challenges of access to the Mental Health for Older People’s Team – for urgent care the manager still has to go via the GP, even when a resident has already seen the team. The mental health team has contacted the home to help address these issues.
Our report makes a number of recommendations, including to extend colour aid recognition for people with dementia, particularly to help residents use the toilets more easily.