A specialist care home is celebrating after coming through two spot checks by inspectors with flying colours.
Abraham House in Newton Road, Ashton, Preston, which cares for up to 30 people with dementia, received a thumbs up from experts from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Preston Council environmental health officers.
They carried out their inspections after arriving unannounced at the home.
Top marks were awarded for the quality of care provided as well as food hygiene.
CQC inspectors, who looked at records and spoke to residents, relatives, staff and visiting health professionals, said Abraham House met all the standards reviewed.
Three weeks earlier council inspectors gave the home a top five-star rating for its compliance with Food Safety Agency hygiene standards.
Abraham House director Mark Hanson said the ratings were a tribute to staff for their efforts to give the best possible care to their residents.
He said: “We have received top marks for several years running and we are delighted that the hard work has paid off yet again.”
Relatives and people who live at the home told the CQC inspector their preferences and choices had been discussed and agreed with them.
One resident said: “The care is great. I can have help when I need it or do my own thing.”
A relative added: “My dad needs a lot of care and the staff treat him with dignity.
“He feels like this is his home now.”
CQC inspectors found the premises were well maintained and suitable for the needs of people living there.
In their report they said staff were suitably qualified, skilled and experienced, with all having completed or in the process of completing specialised dementia care training.
The home was also praised for the extent to which it goes in monitoring the quality of service that people receive, with regular assessments of residents’ and relatives’ views.
The CQC noted that 100 per cent of those who had responded to one of the care home’s surveys said they would recommend the service to a friend.
To earn its five-star food hygiene rating, Abraham House was checked to see how hygienically food is handled in its kitchen and how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored.
The condition and structure of the building was also inspected for its cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities.
Finally, the inspector had to be certain that the care home could maintain its high standards in the future.