Sir David Behan CBE, Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission, chose Arthur House, run by Priory Adult Care, for a visit on National Care Home Open Day – and praised the quality of care delivered there.
He had lunch with residents, met staff, and said the home had done an excellent job to meet the tough criteria set by the CQC, the health and social care watchdog, to qualify as ‘outstanding’.
On the day he visited, residents had taken part in a dance and music therapy session, led by Linda Fountain, of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, who has been visiting the home for 23 years. Female residents were having their hands massaged and nails painted.
The new mayor of Merton, Marsie Skeete, was visiting, and there were readings in the afternoon by staff members as well as a performance by a harpist. Lunch was accompanied by a celebratory glass of wine.
Sir David said: “I chose to come here so we could celebrate the great care that is given at Arthur House.
“Nicholas Kee Mew (the home manager) and his staff have secured an ‘outstanding’ rating following our inspection, and I know just how outstanding the care has got to be to get such a rating.
“So I thought I could make my contribution to Care Home Open Day by celebrating what the staff here have achieved for the residents, and I am very pleased to be able to spend some time here and raise the profile of care homes.
“The media covers care homes when things go wrong and they get too little attention when things go right.”
James Willis, CEO of Priory Adult Care, said: “I am delighted Sir David chose to visit Arthur House which is an outstanding care home. I am proud of the care offered there, and of everyone associated with the home.”