Care home gets a clean bill of health

13 February 2017 5:24PM

A PRUDHOE care home has been given a clean bill of health by the Care Quality Commission.

Red Brick House was rated as ‘good’ in all aspects following two visits by the health watchdog.

The unannounced inspections took place on November 30 and December 12 last year.

The care home, on Victoria Terrace, provides nursing and residential care for up to 50 people.

One relative told inspectors: “Mum feels safe here, and I feel she is safe so that’s a major worry off my mind.”

Inspectors described the atmosphere as ‘homely’ and observed that staff were caring and had a good rapport with residents. People using the service were treated with dignity and respect and were encouraged to be as independent as possible.

A variety of activities were planned, with some tailored to individuals. Inspectors observed staff dressing up as cowboys to play a shooting game with one resident who was a fan of Westerns.

A range of nutritious food and drink was available throughout the day and staff were on hand to support those who needed help eating or drinking.

Red Brick House itself had been updated recently with new decoration and soft furnishing. It was also found to be effective, responsive and well-led.

Staff received regular training and refresher updates and made arrangements for residents to see GPs and other healthcare professionals.

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