Orchard Gardens care home has been classed as good by regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Staff at Orchard Gardens care home in Bishopstoke Park Village were celebrating this week after receiving the accolade.Care homes are now classed as either outstanding, good, requiring improvement or inadequate.

Orchard Gardens’ Manager, Karen Handley said everyone at the home was thrilled because they had worked so hard to maintain high standards of care.

She said: “We all know Orchard Gardens is a great care home but to be given such praise from the regulator is outstanding. 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 informed the Government’s dementia strategy 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 that we’re holding a party to celebrate 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 care home name: ‘Staff were knowledgeable about the people they supported and were committed in their roles, the provider sought feedback from people using residents meetings and questionnaires, making changes to act on people’s suggestions and there was a range of activities available to people which they were encouraged to participate in.’

Staff at the home held an ‘awards’ style party to celebrate their great result, with special guest singer Ryan Bishop who entertained staff and residents with swing numbers and singalong classics.

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