A SERVICE supporting people living with a learning and/or physical disability has been rated good.

Livability Beaumont Court, Prudhoe, was inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on November 6 to review the key areas of safety and being well-led.

The report stated it expects health and social care providers to 'guarantee autistic people and people with a learning disability the choices, dignity, independence and good access to local communities that most people take for granted'.

"People were well cared for and were treated with dignity and respect. Staff spoke fondly of the people they supported and considered the service to be like a 'family' unit. People had a good relationship with staff and looked happy and relaxed," it said.

"People were supported to be as active and independent as possible. They were encouraged to participate in activities and were supported to contribute to daily tasks, such as cooking and shopping. People were supported to maintain contact with family and friends.

"People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible and in their best interests; the policies and systems in the service supported this practice."