The results from the 2013 Your Care Rating survey, the UK’s largest survey of care home residents, have produced some positive results.
The survey obtained views from more than 20,000 residents from 1,055 homes and were analysed to give each an Overall Performance Rating (OPR) out of 1,000.
The results broadly paint an encouraging picture of life in care homes from the majority of homes which took part, with an average OPR score for participating homes of 871. The highest score achieved was 991 for St Leonard’s Rest Home at Hayling Island, Hampshire. However, clearly not all homes achieved the national average and some scores for questions were significantly lower. Ten homes had an OPR score of 700 or below.
The survey provided scores out of 1,000 across four main sub-themes, with the national average score for each being:
• staff and care – 869
• home comforts – 852
• choice and having a say – 852
• quality of life – 923.
Your Care Rating was established to give residents a voice, putting their care at the heart of understanding more about how well care homes perform. The Your Care Rating survey results are also an important tool for families when they are choosing a care home for a loved one, giving them direct feedback on the views of those who are most important – the residents.
One element of particular scrutiny across the care sector is that staff often do not spend enough time interacting with residents. But here the survey’s results show that generally this is not the case, with the average care home score being 85 per cent for residents agreeing that staff have time to talk to them. The question which scored the lowest was how much choice residents have over the care they are receiving. That had an average score of 83 per cent.
Douglas Quinn, chairman of Your Care Rating, said: “The results show that for the vast majority of the 20,000 plus residents in care homes which took part in the survey, their day-to-day life is happy and fulfilling. They say that they are treated with kindness and respect, their food is good, they are allowed visitors when they choose and staff are attentive to their needs.
“It is absolutely vital that we give residents a voice; that we listen to what is important to them and care providers then act on that feedback. That is what the Your Care Rating survey is all about, improving standards of care and giving families objective information when it comes to choosing a care home.”
Thirty two care home operators participated in the survey, demonstrating a commitment to transparency and quality improvement. The questionnaire covered 28 questions and residents were provided with opportunities to add comments, which were fed back anonymously to the care homes, alongside the survey results. All participating care homes receive a detailed analysis of the results, along with benchmark scores for other care homes and provider organisations.
The survey was undertaken for Your Care Rating by leading research company Ipsos MORI. The questionnaire was compiled with input from care home operators, a group of care home residents, the National Care Forum (NCF), Care England (previously the English Community Care Association) and Prof Julienne Meyer of My Home Life and City University.
A complete breakdown of the results from the homes surveyed can be seen on a new website – www.yourcarerating.org