Elderwood care home in Darlington has been classed as Good in all areas and overall by regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Staff at Anchor’s Elderwood in were celebrating this week after receiving the accolade.

The home, which cares for up to 40 residents, was praised by the CQC in the recent inspection which took place on 13 and 18 December 2017. Care homes are now classed as either outstanding, good, requiring improvement or inadequate.

Manager Ann Dale said everyone at the home was thrilled because they had worked so hard to maintain high standards of care. 

She said: “We have worked hard to make Elderwood a good care home but to be given such praise from the regulator is wonderful. We are proud of the care we provide, of the meals which are made from fresh seasonal ingredients and of the wide variety of meaningful activities enjoyed by our residents.

“Anchor has a specialist dementia care team so we also know how to care for people living with the condition so they lead as fulfilling a life as possible. 

“We welcome such rigorous inspections and clear ratings so older people and their families can see which homes are the best in the country. We’re so pleased to be classed as a good care home - we’ll be celebrating this success.”

The CQC inspection report, which can be found on the regulator’s website, highlighted the following examples of high standards of care at Elderwood: “Staff cared for people in a kind and patient manner.” A relative told us, "The menu is good. There is always a choice and the food is delicious." 

A relative we spoke with said, "Without exception the staff are wonderful, they cannot do enough for you. I really do enjoy coming here."

For more information on Elderwood care home, please call on 0800 085 4168. 

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