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Paul Behan

Thumbs up for Ayrshire nursing home as inspectors embark on three-day visit

An Ayrshire nursing home has been given the thumbs up by the Care Inspectorate.

Carrick House Nursing Home, in Carrick Road, Ayr, was graded as ‘good’ across five quality indicators.

It follows an unannounced inspection, carried out over three days last month, by the scrutiny body.

Carrick House is registered to provide a care service to a maximum of 26 older people who have physical needs and/or dementia.

At the time of the inspection, 22 people were living in the care home.

An extract from the inspectors' report said they found “important strengths” in aspects of the care Carrick House provided and how these “supported positive outcomes” for people living there.

The report goes on: “We saw warm, kind and compassionate interactions between staff and people who live in the home.

“One person told us that the staff were “brilliant”, and another told us that they could “feel the love” in the home.”

Mealtimes were “managed well,” staff “supported people” with cleaning their hands before and after their meal which “reduced the risk” of cross contamination and there was a good understanding of people’s need to enjoy their meal and not to rush them.

One slight concern for the Care Inspectorate was that there was “limited meaningful activity taking place” which the organisation said could “adversely affect” people’s wellbeing.

But the report also acknowledged that the home did have an activities coordinator who had been used to fill staff vacancies in other areas due to the Covid pandemic.

As a result, the Care Inspectorate said the activities coordinator role “should be defined” and activities “planned and evaluated” which would result in “more positive stimulation” for people.

The report goes on: “There were high standards of cleanliness in the home which helped to protect people from risk of infection.

“And we found very good systems and checks in place which followed good practice guidance.

“Housekeeping staff worked very hard and were knowledgeable about cleaning schedules and procedures.

“And all staff were meticulous with infection prevention control practices.”

Leadership at the home was rated as 'good’ and relatives “felt involved in their family member’s care” and felt “listened to” by management.

The report added: “People who live in the service benefited from a relaxing and warm atmosphere because staff worked well as a team.”

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