Published April 12, 2017 at 11:24
Blackburn with Darwen Council has welcomed a report that recognises the borough as one of the best for the standard of its care homes.
The report by the charity, Independent Age, looked at care home provision across the UK, criticising areas with high numbers of care homes rated ‘inadequate’ or ‘requiring improvement’.
The homes were awarded their ratings by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and social care in England.
- A number of factors are used by the CQC to decide on ratings including inspections and feedback from service users.
In the report Blackburn with Darwen was among the twenty areas recognised as having the lowest numbers of homes with these rankings.
The borough came twelfth in the national examination of standards.
In addition, last year a further five residential homes were deemed to have met the criteria of ‘Enhanced Quality’ in Blackburn with Darwen’s Quality Assurance Scheme, meaning that there is now a total of 12 Enhanced Quality homes in the borough (out of 21 assessed). None of the homes are rated ‘Non-Quality’.
An example of one of the borough’s top rated homes is EachStep in Blackburn, that was awarded Britain’s best dementia care home in November 2016 with their Registered Manager also collecting the Best Dementia Care Manager award.
Executive member for Health and Adult Social Care, Councillor Mustafa Desai said:
This is testament to the hard work of staff in the care homes who do a difficult job but important job in caring for our older people’s health and wellbeing. It also shows that the Council and care home providers are working well together, to make sure this group of residents many of whom are vulnerable, can expect to good quality care.