A line dancing club and residents’ choir helped Aylesham Court in Leicester become Bupa’s ninth CQC Outstanding care home.
The top CQC rating, which is Bupa’s ninth in the last 12 months, means that Outstanding homes account for 7.4% of the care home provider’s portfolio.
Kate O’Sullivan, Home Manager at Bupa Aylesham Court, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled by the news. I’ve always known that we had something special at the home, but to achieve an Outstanding rating really marks the gold standard. I’m so proud of my team too, as I know that every single one of them plays such a tangible role in the home’s success.”
Joan Elliott, Managing Director for Bupa Care Homes, added: “This is fantastic result for everyone at the home and continues a hugely successful year for Bupa. Twelve months ago we had two Outstanding homes and today we’re celebrating our ninth. It’s taken a lot of hard work from our teams, but the results speak for themselves.”
Originally launched in June 2018, the home’s choir proved an instant success and now has a host of regular attendees. In addition to regularly singing within the home, the group has also performed as part of a musical show for audiences at local college.
Talking about the home’s activities, Kate said: “There’s a misconception that life in a care home is boring, so we’re doing everything we can to bust that myth. The line dancing classes were a personal favourite and a great way of keeping residents happy and healthy. Just because you’re in your 90s doesn’t mean you can’t dance – it’s about adapting the activities so everyone can get involved.”
Elsewhere in their report, inspectors praised the home for their collaborative approach to care, noting how “people and staff were empowered to voice their opinions, and the management team always responded to comments put forward”.
To read the inspection, click here.