Taking a risk: care home rated 'outstanding'


A London care home that encourages residents to take positive risks, like making tea, has been praised by the Care Quality Commission. Find out more here.

This December, Silk Court - a care home managed by Anchor - was awarded an ‘outstanding’ rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), in part for encouraging its residents’ independence.

Carehome.co.uk reported that staff at the home in Bethnal Green enabled older people to have more control and choice in their lives, by helping them to take ‘positive risks’ like making tea with hot water and participating in fulfilling activities.

Mealtimes at the home also received top marks from the CQC, with the report finding that people at Silk Court are able to choose where and when they take meals, and take part in developing changes to the menu.

The report highlights the importance of independent living initiatives in care facilities, particularly when it comes to mealtimes and familiar day-to-day routines.

Satellite kitchens
For homes looking to encourage independence, a satellite kitchen can be a safe and versatile addition. A kitchen area separate from the main catering space, these satellite spaces can help residents to feel in control of small tasks like making a sandwich or a cup of coffee, while maintaining safety and hygiene standards.

Often located in the main living-room or day area of the home, they are also easier for staff to supervise, and relive pressure on the home’s main catering kitchen.

A semi-commercial kitchen is perfect for these spaces, as it combines a domestic look that residents will feel at home it with the hard-wearing build of a commercial steel kitchen. At Steelplan Kitchens, our experts have delivered bespoke solutions for care homes for over 30 years, fitting flexible catering kitchens and satellite spaces in residential homes across the UK.

If you’d like to find out more about how a semi-commercial kitchen could help your home, call us on 0844 809 9186.

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