A disabled care home in Inverness has been given a ‘very good’ rating after a visit from the Care Inspectorate.
Cheshire House at Ness Walk is run by the national Leonard Cheshire Disability charity.
The service is registered for a maximum of 16 clients with physical and sensory disabilities and/or learning disabilities.
Other services include day care support and integrated housing support and home care.
Cheshire House is specially designed accommodation for people with disabilities, with accommodation in self-catering apartments.
The inspector spoke to four clients and two family members, as well as staff and management, and observed the practice and daily life.
They found that clients were fully involved and in control of their care and support, and that staff fostered their independence.
Comprehensive healthcare systems were in place to ensure clients received the right care at the right time.
However, clearer information needed to be sent to clients and their relatives regarding visitation rights when the care home was closed due to infection.
Leaders were found to be very knowledgeable about areas of service that needed improvement.
Cheshire House was rated on a six-point scale where one is unsatisfactory and six is excellent. Support for client well-being and leadership both received high fives, or “very good”, as did concern for protecting people from infection.
The inspector said: “Staff have understood the importance of helping customers achieve their wishes, dreams and aspirations. We saw great examples of customers being supported to attend music concerts, vacations and one customer had purchased a very special vintage car. “