About Evington Home

We offer residential care for the elderly, including for those who are living with dementia. We can provide  respite care to those who need it and we are able to offer care at the end of life. We are also able to look after people with some mental health problems

Around the home

At Evington all rooms have ensuite toilets and wash basins, with other assisted bathrooms and a walk-in shower. All rooms are fully furnished, with aerial and satellite TV and telephone access points. We believe it is important that residents enjoy a feeling of homeliness, so each resident is encouraged to personalise their room with their own belongings.

The dining room and main lounge room are both located on the ground floor. There are a further two, smaller lounges on the first floor, accessible by the passenger lifts. Families often enjoy hosting special occasions for their relative privately in these lounges.

The secure, wheelchair friendly, landscaped garden, which has both paved and grassed areas, raised flower beds, relaxing water wall and pond, is accessed from the main lounge. The Albert Tyler lounge on the first floor is used for several activities including Bible studies, knitting, and arts and crafts. The Grocot lounge, also on the first floor, is used as a quiet space for any residents that want some some quiet time or simply want to relax, make a cup of tea and read a book.

Our Care Quality Commission rating

Caring and highly trained staff

The Care Manager, who is registered by the Care Quality Commission, and Business Manager are responsible for the dedicated team of over 50 staff members. Typically, Evington has up to six carers and one senior carer on shift every day, alongside a Hummingbird. Hummingbirds support those living with dementia by offering company and support, often reading with the residents, singing with them and praying with them. There are three carers on shift overnight.

We also have a Social Activities Coordinator, Maintenance Officer and Catering Manager/Cook and Housekeepers who work in different parts of the home – one in the kitchen, a team of three carrying out cleaning throughout the home and one person providing a laundry service. This team ensures that the home is always clean and well-presented and that those who live with us have a well-laundered wardrobe. 

An investor in people

Pilgrims’ Friend Society is an ‘Investor in People’, having achieved the Silver Award, and puts in place excellent staff training including from Altura, a Centre of Excellence with a suite of training courses covering a wide range of topics. To keep those who live with us safe, we also provide all care staff training in Manual Handling to Level 2 which is accredited by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

Our own unique training programme, The Way We Care, is attended by all staff working at Evington Home and focuses on seeing the individual person first before seeing any form of illness or disability. This is especially relevant when caring for those living with a form of dementia – seeing the person, not the disease, is the biggest priority of The Way We Care.

Whole-person care, every day

Our concern is for the welfare of the whole person – emotional, physical, mental, social, and spiritual. At Evington we have an active social life in which residents can take part or follow their own pursuits. Planned together with residents and our dedicated volunteers, a programme of in-house and external activities, led by the Social Activities Co-ordinator, takes place every month. Our activities include singing, flower arranging, armchair exercises, coffee mornings, crafts, and lots more. We have smaller lounges where various activities take place, and we can take the activity to a person’s room as needed.

Bible study groups meet regularly, and we have main devotions in the lounge which are led by local ministers and staff, and we also provide support for personal devotion and prayer. Trips out, as well as involving local schools in craft activities, life histories and singing keeps those who live with us in touch with their local community.

We meet regularly with those who live with us to talk about the activities and social life of the home, and their views are sought on every aspect of life in the home as part of our Quality Assurance system.

Our person-centred approach to care

It is important to us that those who live with us lead fulfilled lives through the excellent care and services we provide. Therefore, before someone comes to live with us, we meet with them to complete a full and comprehensive care needs assessment to identify what the individual care needs, interests and choices are, and to ensure we are able to meet them.

Once someone has moved in, a senior member of the care team will discuss their needs with them (and/or their advocate) and create an individually tailored electronic Care Plan which is easy to understand and covers everything relating to their personal care, including their social interests, personal relationships, hobbies, and emotional, spiritual and cultural needs.

The Care Plan is regularly reviewed by the senior care staff, together with the resident (and/or their advocate), to discuss any changes needed and to make sure all the resident’s current needs are being met. We want those living with us to be involved in decisions and be able to discuss their affairs, alongside their relative or representative, knowing that information is kept strictly in confidence.

We support those who live with us to remain as independent as possible but our care team also provide support with activities such as bathing, dressing and mealtimes for those who need it. Residents can specify male or female care staff and, depending on the gender mix of the team, we will aim to meet this request.

Alongside the network of healthcare professionals, and with input from our specialist Care Leads and Catering Manager, a range of
special diets and needs are catered for. We also have regular visits from a chiropodist, and we can escort residents to appointments.

Visits from friends and family

Relatives and friends are welcome to visit at any time during the day and there is the opportunity for them to purchase a meal in the home if they wish to do so, by prior arrangement. We don’t have a guest room however, if a family member is at end of life care, a relative may be offered a spare room if one is available.

Our Managers 

Registered Care Manager  -  Jeanette Davis

Jeanette is a Registered Nurse and a committed Christian who has been in the caring profession for over 35 years.

Jeanette is passionate in promoting ‘Fulfilled Living’ for all the residents at Evington Home and strives to deliver quality care. She is just completing the ‘My Home Life’ managers programme with Pilgrims' Friend Society – an initiative that promotes quality of life and delivers positive change for older people in care homes.

Jeanette has worked with Youth With A Mission in the past, doing short-term missions. She currently is a member of Life Church, Wigston, where she worships with her family.

Business Manager  -  Richard Cowlishaw

Richard joined Evington Home in April 2020. For the last seven years he has worked for a Christian charity (The Carpenter’s Arms) supporting men challenged with homelessness and addiction, where he managed and directed several areas of the charity. He has a wife, two sons and a daughter and lives locally in the Leicester area.

Richard became a Christian in 2012 and felt a real calling to this role at Evington. He has settled in nicely and loves the atmosphere of the home and the great team spirit.

Where to find us and how to get in touch

The Evington Home, Grocot Road, Evington, Leicester, LE5 6AB

By car

The Evington Home is seven miles from the M1 junction 21 and nine miles from the A46.

By train/bus

Leicester train station is about three miles from the home, and the nearest bus stop is Leicester, Evington, Grocot Rd (stop code: lecdgtaw), Services 22, 22A, 22B

Tel:       0300 303 1455

Email:   [email protected]

Governance information

In order to reduce the charities' governance and administration costs, on 21st December 2016 we re-registered our care homes with CQC under the name of Pilgrims' Friend Society.  Previously this home was registered under the name of Pilgrim Homes. None of our staff, management or ways of working in the home changed as a result.

The results of the most recent inspection by CQC under the old registration of Pilgrim Homes can be seen by clicking on the CQC link and looking at the “old profile”.