‘Good’ rating for March home

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A Fenland care home for adults with learning disabilities has been praised following a visit by healthcare inspectors.

The March Supported Living Scheme in Alder Close, March, has been rated as ‘good’ following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The watchdog evaluated five different areas of the scheme, which provides 24-hour support and care to people with learning disabilities, and rated every one as ‘good’.

Inspectors said the service was safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.

Manager Allen Briscoe said staff were delighted with the outcome of the inspection.

He added: “I am very pleased with the report and think it reflects the hard work that staff and management are doing in trying to provide high quality services.

“We are all committed to continuing to engage with our customers and meeting their individual needs in the best possible ways.

“To achieve ‘good’ in all areas shows that we are on the right lines, but are still keen to continue improving. Thanks to all staff for their hard work and professionalism, as they deserve the credit.”

A CQC inspection report, published following the inspection in February, said: “People received care and support that met their individual needs.

“People’s right to privacy, dignity and independence were valued. Staff knew people well and assisted them with their preferred routines.

“People were actively involved in the review of their care needs and this was carried out on a regular basis,” it added. “People were supported to pursue activities and interests that were important to them.”

Inspectors also praised the leadership of the unit, saying management procedures were in place to monitor and review the safety and quality of people’s care and support.

They concluded: “There were strong links with the local community and people were able to access local shops, amenities and services.

“People and staff were involved in the service, with arrangements in place to listen to what they had to say.”