Activities network helps more homes achieve ‘outstanding’

Attleborough Grange, another Outstanding home, priorities activities and play for residents.

The National Activity Providers Association (NAPA) has revealed 2% of its care homes have an ‘outstanding’ rating, double the national average of 1%.

NAPA added that 88% of its members had achieved ‘good’ or outstanding for being responsive.

Christine Asbury, chief executive of WCS Care, which was the first provider to achieve five outstanding ratings, said: “NAPA has influenced our culture and approach to care. It plays an important role in highlighting how care homes should be stimulating environments where people can have fun, make friends and stay active.”

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NAPA highlighted that creative and innovative practice features strongly in outstanding care homes.

It added that the ‘Whole Home Approach’ it had pioneered for many years was key.

NAPA said: “Achieving truly person centred care is dependent on every member of the team recognising the part they play in achieving a life full of love and laughter for every resident. It is not only the manager who is a great leader in these settings but the skilled activity or social care lead who supports this way of working to achieve great health and well being for those they support.

“Understanding how people choose to spend their day, giving them the voice to express it and the means to control what they do is paramount in achieving an outstanding rating.”

One CQC outstanding care home report said: “We could see that the provider creatively sought to engage people in meaningful activities to keep people occupied in a range of social situations.”

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