Sherwood Grange in London is residential care home providing personal and nursing care and accommodation for older people.
The residential home was rated Outstanding for being responsive and well-led following an inspection, 3, 4 & 6 September 2019.
It received a Good score for the safe effective and caring categories.
People with dementia attended 'In Minds' sessions facilitated by the Royal Academy of Art and run by artists that successfully focused on art as a tool to boost well-being, happiness and engagement of people with dementia.
One resident said, "The activities spark interests in residents. For me it is the Royal Portrait Gallery."
There was a club that regularly visited local pubs and had meals out. One person commented, "It gives me a feel of independence."
Home based activities included, word games, documentaries, sherry social, and outside entertainers, including very popular monthly opera events. Some people liked one singer so much that they go to venues in London to watch them as well. There were also visits to the poppy factory. One person said, "I have company here, I'm really happy."
The home liaised and worked with community organisations such as local schools with visits from pupils and to schools by people using the service. Events with schools have included National Poetry Day, world war two presentation, learning about the great fire of London and a rock cake bake off. These activities took place with children of all different ages. People were also invited to attend a junior school's assemblies. There were also visits by the local Women's Institute.