We are so pleased to announce that Nightingale House, the UK's first care home with a nursery onsite has been rated OUTSTANDING by the Care Quality Commission. Apples and Honey, the UK’s first permanent on-site nursery in a care home was built in the grounds of Nightingale House last year. Its intergenerational approach sees children, parents and older people spending time together daily to enjoy things such as baking, storytelling and singing. CQC inspectors were impressed with the obvious joy experienced within the home, saying “It was evident by the amount of laughter, smiles and hand-holding going on between the children from the nursery and the people living in the home that they knew each other well and really enjoyed one another’s company.”
Activities provision within Nightingale House which includes a community outreach worker who keeps people updated about what is happening in the local Jewish community, was praised for being person-centred and innovative, enabling people to live active and fulfilling lives. The service has its own concert room, well-equipped activity centre with pottery kiln, cooking facilities and internet-café, a library, cafe, well-kept gardens and a pet's corner with rabbits, guinea pigs and an aviary.
The home is one of two homes run by Jewish charity Nightingale Hammerson and inspectors singled out the culturally-sensitive care and support for residents and their families, which helped the home and its residents maintain strong links to the wider Jewish community. One resident said “The bonus for us is that this is a Jewish home, so our faith which is really important to us as a family, is very much supported and celebrated here.”
Melvin Lawson, chairman of Nightingale Hammerson, added: “Nightingale is focused on creating and maintaining world-class centres of excellence. We strive to be the gold standard for what residential care homes should be.
“We are immensely grateful to our team and volunteers, and all our supporters who enable us to make our ambitions a reality. They, our amazing professional leadership and wonderful, caring staff, are the reasons that our residential care homes are the places where generations of Jewish families have chosen to live.” The service retains their Gold Standards Framework (GSF) award with 'Beacon' status.
The report concluded that 'people were supported to do as much as they could and wanted to do themselves to retain control and independence over their lives'.
Congratulations to all at Nightingale House.