Asra House Residential Care Home in Leicester15 Asha Margh, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4 5LE
Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission, Asra House is a truly unique home for residents with an Asian lifestyle.
In its recent CQC report, one of the home’s residents said simply: “This is the best care home in Leicester. I think that and so do my relatives.” While another said: “The staff are very caring. They treat me like I was their family member.”
The team embrace and celebrate every aspect of their residents’ cultural needs and beliefs. They recently won the Care Home Team category of the Great British Care Awards 2018, in recognition of staff who demonstrate ‘outstanding excellence’. At the heart of Asra House is manager Dina, who along with her team goes above and beyond to enrich their residents’ lives.
Mealtimes – a highlight of the day
Mealtimes are always special. The smell of the home-cooked curries, daal dishes, samosas and chapattis fill the home. The chef even makes chutneys, with fresh peaches, mango and chilli by hand, as well as raita, a popular dish with cucumber and yoghurt. For dessert, there are always homemade sweet treats. Some of the residents also love to help prepare the vegetables for these dishes, as they would have done before moving into a residential care home. This can also trigger happy memories for them, many of whom live with dementia.
Celebrating our multi-faith culture
The daily menus of traditional home-cooked Asian cuisine are available in English and Gujarati. Most residents are vegetarians and any meat dishes are always prepared in a separate kitchen. Every single resident’s laundry is also washed separately.
Between them, the team speak a combination of Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Swahili and English. The home, which is situated in Leicester’s ‘Golden Mile’, has its own culture and interpretation champion, ensuring excellent communication with residents and their loved ones.
Asra House has an Islamic prayer room, as well as a multi-faith Hindu temple. The team works closely with residents and loved ones to celebrate religious festivals throughout the year, which are usually filled with music, dance and amazing food. These include Eid, Diwali, Ram Navmi and Maha Shivaratri. The team also supports people to visit places of worship outside the home, such as local mosques, temples and gurdwaras.
Residents and their loved ones are actively encouraged to be part of life at Asra House and are responsible for chairing the regular residents’ and relatives’ meetings.
Activities are really tailored to the home’s residents. Charity Learning for the Fourth Age and Planet Leicester Bakers regularly visit to deliver sensory activities, such as bread-making sessions with the residents. These have proved to be especially beneficial for those living with dementia because making – and of course smelling and tasting the bread – is wonderful for stimulating the senses.
Stories from the home
Sanctuary Group Chief Executive, Craig Moule joined the CQC celebrations, pictured with Manager Dina and resident Vrajlal.
Asra House went head to head with finalists across the country to win The Care Team Award at the Great British Care Awards 2018.
Fantastic flavourful food
The catering team's attention to detail ensures every resident's cultural food preferences are met.
Mealtimes at our heart
Quality, flavoursome food is at the heart of life here at Asra House and our door is always open.
Colourful Diwali celebrations
Diwali is a whirlwind of singing, dancing and light, celebrated with hundreds of friends and family members.
Facilities at this home
- Dining room
- Namaste room
- Temple prayer room
- Wheelchair accessible garden
- Community events
- Light exercise
- Religious festivals
- Therapeutic exercise
Care and support
- Home cooked meals
- Respite Care
Address15 Asha Margh
LE4 5LE Travelling to see us? View home on Google Maps