Inspectors praise Harris Care Home

Residents John Mackenzie and Katy Mary Morrison admiring our poppy we bought from the Tower of London.

Residents John Mackenzie and Katy Mary Morrison admiring our poppy we bought from the Tower of London.

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Leverburgh Care Home in Harris has received an extremely positive report following an unannounced inspection earlier this year.

The Care Home run by the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland received four grade 5 - Very Good - ratings for the quality of care and support; the environment; the staffing; and management and leadership.

The Care Inspectorate report praised many aspects of the Home including the supportive relationships between residents and staff; links with the local community and the opportunity for residents to give feedback on their experience of living in the home. The report also pointed out that the home was clean and well furnished in all areas.

Some recommendations were made for improvements including the need for a review of contingency arrangements in the event of a power cut in light of many residents with restricted mobility being in upstairs bedrooms and needing access to a lift which is not powered by the back up generator.

Other areas for improvement included taking steps to risk assess in respect of the risks associated with legionella and to check environmental safety mechanisms such as those on upstairs windows.

Isabel Campbell, Manager of the Home said: “We are very pleased with our inspection and things that were identified we had identified these weaknesses ourselves.

“I think it is important to work in partnership with all regulatory bodies so that we offer the best practise that we possibly can and to take on board any recommendations and where possible act on these immediately.”

She added: “We continue to offer as near as possible a “Home from Home” and encourage residents and their families to take an active role in developing person centred care.”

Plans are now underway to expand the respite provision at the home and and a small extension will be added to provide an additional en suite bedroom for respite care provision.