The Willows Care Home

397 Midgeland Road, Marton Moss, Blackpool FY4 5ED

The Willows Care Home, Blackpool, Lancashire
The Willows Care Home, Blackpool, Lancashire
The Willows Care Home, Blackpool, Lancashire

The Willows is a 16-bedroom care home with hotel standards, based on the fringe of rural Blackpool, St Annes, and Lytham that looks after elderly residents throughout their retirement and any health issues they may have. All resident rooms are accessed at ground level, with own TV and DVD player.

The home's aim is to improve the lifestyle of its' residents, offering as much personal choice and opportunities for entertainment and physical activities as possible, whilst keeping all occupants safe, healthy and secure, with permanent access to skilled carers.

The Willows has also been recognised by the NHS Gold Standards Framework for End of Life Care as a 'Beacon' Home, the highest possible award available – and one of only two such care homes in Blackpool to achieve 'Beacon Status'.

In 2014, The Willows became the first home nationally to become the most recommended care home in the UK. Later the same year, the care home was a finalist in the National Care Home Awards held in London, and became a runner up.

The Willows is often featured on BBC Radio Lancashire and has contributed to Granada Reports, ITN News and Good Morning Britain.

The Owner has been selected as a Judge at this Years National Care Awards in London.

Owner: Olivia Josephine Care Ltd

Person in charge: Tracey Otterman (Registered Care Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Blackpool Borough Council (click for contact details)

Type of Service: Care Home only (Residential Care) – Privately Owned , 16 residents

Registered Care Categories*: Dementia • Old Age • Sensory Impairment

Specialist Care Categories: Alzheimer's • Cancer Care • Hearing Impairment & Deafness • Multiple Sclerosis • Parkinson's Disease • Speech Impairment • Stroke • Visual Impairment

Admission Information: Please contact the home for more details 01253 693961 mobile (24 hour) 01253 693961. Ages from 65 to 106.

Single Rooms: 14

Shared Rooms: 1

Rooms with ensuite WC: 15

Facilities & Services: Palliative Care • Day Care • Respite Care • Convalescent Care • Physiotherapy • Own GP if required • Own Furniture if required • Pets by arrangement • Smoking not permitted • Close to Local shops • Near Public Transport • Wheelchair access • Ground Floor Accommodation only • Gardens for residents • Phone Point in own room/Mobile • Television point in own room • Residents Internet Access

Visiting:

Visiting hours from 11am - 7pm every day.

Parking:

Car park provided for visitors

Latest CQC* Report on The Willows Care Home: click here

* Care Quality Commission (CQC) is responsible for the registration and inspection of social care services in England.

Bed Vacancies

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Current Reviews

9.9 The Willows Care Home has a Review Score of 9.9 (9.896)

The Review Score of 9.9 (maximum of 10) for The Willows Care Home is based on 16 Review/Recommendations in the last 2 years. This Review Score of 9.896 is made up of a Quality Score of 4.896 Points (maximum of 5) relating to the rating and a Quantity Score of 5 Points (maximum of 5) relating to the number of positive Reviews/Recommendations.

  • The maximum Review Score for a care home / service is 10 and it is based on the published Reviews in the last 2 years. When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.

    The Review Score of 9.896 for The Willows Care Home is based on 16 Reviews/Recommendations in the last 2 years.

  • The Review Score (maximum of 10) is made up of a Quality Score (maximum of 5) and Quantity Score (maximum of 5):

    • Quality Score: 5 Points are available for the average rating. For each review the care home / service is rated Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Poor or Very Poor on a number of areas eg Staff, Management etc. The care home / service receives points for each rating as follows: Excellent = 5. Good = 4. Satisfactory = 3. Poor = 2. Very Poor = 1. These points are added up and then divided by the total number of completed ratings to generate the average rating. (Please note that the ratings of Very Poor and Poor have only been available since the change from Recommendations to Reviews on 7th July 2015.)

      The Quality Score (average rating) of 4.896 for The Willows Care Home is calculated as follows: ( (173 Excellents x 5) + (18 Goods x 4) + (1 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 192 Ratings = 4.896

    • Quantity Score: 5 Points are available for the number of 'Positive Reviews' for a care home / service. A Positive Review is defined as:

      • Any Review with 'Extremely Likely' or 'Likely' in answer to the question 'How likely are you to recommend this care provider to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?'

      • Any Recommendation. Before the change from Recommendations to Reviews on 7th July 2015 all feedback was limited to Recommendations (ie positive comments only)

      The 5 points available are broken down as follows:

      1. 3 points for receiving the first Positive Review.

      2. 0.1 Point per Positive Review, up to a maximum score of 1 Point. (ie a care home / service requires 10 Positive Reviews to receive the maximum score of 1 point.)

      3. (Number of Positive Reviews ÷ number of registered beds) x 2, up to a maximum score of 1 Point. ie a care home / service has to receive a number of Positive Reviews equal to half of the number of registered beds to obtain the maximum score of 1 point. eg a care home / service with 40 registered beds has to receive 20 Positive Reviews to obtain the maximum score of 1 point.

        (For Adult Day Care Centres and Extra Care Housing which do not have a registered number of beds, 1) and 2) are replaced by the formula of 0.2 points per Review, up to a maximum score of 2 points. ie a listing needs 10 Reviews to receive the maximum score of 2 points

      The Quantity Score of 5 for The Willows Care Home is calculated as follows:

      1. 16 Positive Reviews = 3

      2. 0.1 x 16 Positive Reviews = 1.600 (maximum score = 1)

      3. (16 Positive Reviews ÷ 16 Registered Beds) x 2 = 2.000 (maximum score = 1)

  • The Review Score is based on user Recommendations/Reviews submitted in the last 2 years. The maximum Review Score is 10. There are 5 Points available for the average of all ratings on users Recommendations/Reviews (Excellent 5, Good 4, Satisfactory 3, Poor 2, Very Poor 1). There are 5 Points available for the total number of positive Recommendations/Reviews submitted in relation to the number of beds at the Care Home.

  • Before 1st July 2015 carehome.co.uk only accepted Recommendations (positive comments only) and the Ratings were limited to Excellent, Good & Satisfactory. These are marked up as Recommendations.

  • As of 1st July 2015 carehome.co.uk changed from Recommendations to Reviews (positive and negative comments) and added the Ratings Poor and Very Poor. These are marked up as Reviews. Between 1st July and 31st December 2015, we are still processing a number of Recommendations from Recommendation cards sent out before 1st July (These are marked up as Recommendations).

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How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend The Willows Care Home?

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    6
  • Likely
    2
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Reviewer Connection to The Willows Care Home

  • Son of Resident/Service User
    5
  • Daughter of Resident/Service User
    4
  • Granddaughter of Resident/Service User
    2
  • Resident / Service User
    2
  • Friend of Resident/Service User
    1
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The Overall Average of all the Ratings in the following 

4 Reviews* is 5 out of 5

*The Average Rating only uses ratings from the 4 reviews. Ratings from the 12 recommendations are not used for the Average Rating as the rating options were limited to Excellent, Good and Satisfactory.

The Willows has exceptional levels of care, with programmes specifically tailored for the needs of residents. Service delivery has been consistent and exceptional. It is heart warming to the standards of care delivered by exceptionally dedicated staff, can't lavish too much praise - they deserve far more. The team should be proud of the beneficial impact that their care delivers to residents and the reassurance this gives our family, especially as some family members live away from Blackpool.

How likely would you be to recommend The Willows Care Home? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Good

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Paul Swithenbank, CEO at The Willows Care Home responded to this review on 27 Jun 2016:

Thank you Colin for such a positive review. Your Dad has settled into his new environment and doing very well.

A wonderful care home, providing the highest level of care and support. The dedicated staff provide round the clock care, where attention to individual requirements is paramount. Their love, care and total commitment to the residents is clear. My 97 year old dad is safe in their capable hands, with his health needs met, nutritious, delicious meals lovingly prepared and wonderful enrichment activities.
The rural location of the home has an abundance of wildlife and beautiful, tranquil grounds. A delightful orangery is a favourite spot, where dad enjoys many happy hours relaxing and observing the beautiful grounds. Pets can reside with residents, which is wonderful to observe, adding to well-being.
Since dad joined the home, the transformation in his health and well being has been such a relief to see. The fantastic team leave no stone unturned when it comes to meeting his needs, with family involvement being encouraged at all times. We will always be grateful.

How likely would you be to recommend The Willows Care Home? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Paul Swithenbank, Owner at The Willows Care Home responded to this review on 17 Jun 2016:

Thank you Gillian for such a positive review. I know the move for your father was seamless.

I am an artistic person and they try to do something creative with me regularly. I love playing games like dominos and get to play almost every day. I enjoy the company of the staff and fellow residents. They also make my friends very welcome and assist in writing letters to help me keep in touch.

No Average Rating is available*

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Good

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Good

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My mother is well looked after and happy. I would recommend this home to anyone.

No Average Rating is available*

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Good

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Good

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Good

Value for Money: Good

All the staff are friendly and helpful. Nothing is too much trouble. The provision of a variety of activities is particularly good for my husband, who always likes to be doing something!

No Average Rating is available*

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

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Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

The level of care for our relative has always been excellent. Our relative can sometimes be difficult to deal with due to her dementia. I have recommended The Willows to friends looking for a care home for a loved one.

No Average Rating is available*

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I am very well looked after and appreciate all the help I get. The food is good. I have been taken out today to pick blackberries down the lane, it reminded me of being a boy and going out with my grandma in the forest collecting them.

No Average Rating is available*

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

The Willows is the most excellent care home in the North West. Residents are treated with this wonderful home from home environment and they are all treated as an individual. I could not have placed my mother in a better home. My thanks go to all the staff who look after her so well.

How likely would you be to recommend The Willows Care Home? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My Dad has Alzheimer’s and lived on his own with his pet Border Collie called Tex. As his condition worsened we knew he would need 24/7 care but also knew he would be devastated if he was separated from his beloved Tex. Fortunately for my Dad and Tex we found the The Willows Care Home (Registered with the Cinnamon Trust). The managers went to exceptional lengths to accommodate my Dad and Tex – Even Tex has his own care plan! My Dad and Tex enjoy the extensive gardens at the home and they are often taken for a walk in the surrounding quiet lanes where my Dad can also enjoy the horses in the nearby fields.
All the staff I have met I have found to be very kind, friendly and show empathy to my Dad’s needs. I was very worried how my Dad would react to the major change of moving into a care home. However, the staff have managed the change exceptionally well and Dad has, with their help, settled well. The home is cosy, very clean, welcoming and the rooms have access to the gardens, which are extensive and well kept. My Dad has a Key Worker and I have found access/communication with the home excellent – you are kept up to date with useful feedback and discussion. Overall I could not be happier.

How likely would you be to recommend The Willows Care Home? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

This was a first time that my mum had to go in a care home, so we were quite worried about how she would adapt. However, the Willows was first class from day 1. Paul & Tracey take personal care to get everything right from the first day. Mum's room was lovely, overlooking the garden and she enjoyed watching the birds. The food was great, and the staff always seemed very cheery, helpful and bright. You got a good vibe from when you went in the door. A worrying time for us was made so much easier by all the help given by everyone, and I would happily recommend this home to anyone.

How likely would you be to recommend The Willows Care Home? Likely

No Average Rating is available*

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Satisfactory

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Fantastic Care Home.

No Average Rating is available*

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I have been highly impressed with the very high standard of care and support that my father receives at The Willows. The staff are caring and lead by a good positive management structure. The home has a lovely warm atmosphere and has very good facilities. I visit several times a week so I am in a good position to comment on the areas raised below.

No Average Rating is available*

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Good

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Good

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My nannie has recently arrived at The Willows and my family are more than happy with her care nothing is too much trouble , lots of excellent activities and pampering. Food is excellent and nannie is extremely happy it's a loving caring environment where all residents are treated with dignity, Thank you to all at The Willows .

How likely would you be to recommend The Willows Care Home? Likely

No Average Rating is available*

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

The willows is a cosy home from home care home. My nana has just moved there recently and she has settled in very well . The staff are very caring and helpful they wanted to know all about my nana before she arrived and which was such a good idea as we felt they knew her and knew some of the family aswell. The home is very clean the rooms are spacious and warm with a patio door which usually overlooks the countryside or garden. The meals are lovely and my nana was a very good cook so she can recommend the cooking at the willows. There is an alarm system where if any resident is in need of help can press their button and this sets off an alarm in the main reception so all staff can see where they are needed. The conservatory is a very pleasant room for relaxation music and reading board games or to just have a nap. There is a care plan for every resident in place.

How likely would you be to recommend The Willows Care Home? Extremely Likely

No Average Rating is available*

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Good

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Good

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

We moved my mother here, she likes the ambiance, the food and the staff are loving and caring, it is calm unlike the larger facility which was a facility where everyone seemed overworked and run off their feet, lots of loud talking, not many activities. This is gentler more caring, more personal, my mum now has access to email, great for distant family , many of us overseas, nothing is too much trouble it seems. My mother is thriving.
Just the beautiful surroundings and gardens made the place a big yes for us as a family, to know she is able to sit in the Orangery and look out at the birds and wildlife, in the summer garden, it's wonderful. Much better than the second floor of a large facility with no access to views or outside unless someone visits. The rooms also have French door access to the secure grounds another big plus .

How likely would you be to recommend The Willows Care Home? Extremely Likely

No Average Rating is available*

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I feel happy and relaxed that my parent is being properly and tenderly looked after.

No Average Rating is available*

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities: Good

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Good

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

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Awards / Recognitions

July 2016

March 2016

September 2014

April 2014

The Willows tops UK table

Recipient: The Willows Care Home

Date: Thursday 24 Apr 2014

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April 2013

June 2012

Food Hygiene Rating

Recipient: The Willows Care Home

Date: Friday 01 Jun 2012

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July 2009

Skills Pledge

Recipient: The Willows Care Home

Date: Wednesday 01 Jul 2009

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