Handsworth Residential Care Home opened in October 1971 and is a purpose built Care Home, it is a four-storey building that accommodates up to 43 residents and is situated in a residential area of Bowdon close to Altrincham.
The home has 43 single bedrooms all with their own toilet facilities. There is parking for several cars at the front of the building and an accessible garden to the rear of the property.
The residents are senior (mostly over 65 years), the majority requiring support to manage their care needs.
The manager of the home has 35 years’ experience of the social care environment and has managed Handsworth for 10 years; the home has staff on-site 24 hours a day to provide care and support.
We were informed by the manager that doctors and other outside services make regular visits to the home and that currently there are nine different local GPs visiting residents. All the residents we spoke to said they have no problem in getting to see a doctor and that this was organised by the home or by family members.
During the enter and view visit we spoke to residents whose ages range between 88 and 102 years old, the length of time that they had resided at the home was varied and wide ranging. It was not possible to interview some residents due to their mental capacity.
On the day of the visit Handsworth had a happy and relaxed atmosphere and this was reflected in the responses we received from residents who expressed that they felt safe and well looked after at the home.
Overall the authorised representatives felt that the outcome of this enter and view was positive and that standards of care at Handsworth Residential Care Home are good.