The Vicarage Court Care home was inspected by infection control department in December 2014. The care home passed with flying colours achieving 93% by Kirkless & Wakefield Council Inspectors.
This is one the highest marks ever achieved in West Yorkshire by a care home.
Special praise was given to the care home operator. The inspector commented on how the care home stood head and shoulders above the other care homes in West Yorkshire.
Last year, the owners invested £3000 in a specialist sanitising machine. The inspector said he had never seen a care home invest in such a manner, even hospitals have not got such machines.
Mr J Singh stated, we are glad the hard work done by staff and owners is being recognised. We are aware that 93% is a high mark, however we know we can achieve a higher mark. Our aim is to do better next year as we constantly strive to improve.”
The Old Vicarage Residential Home in North Featherstone recently had an unannounced inspection from Care Quality Commission, the regulator for care services. It awarded the care home its highest rating of Excellent.
The inspector was highly impressed by the hard work, dedication and high standards at the Old Vicarage care home. The report specifically mentions the quality of management, quality of staff, excellent facilities and high level of activities. Special mention was also given to how clean the care home is kept.
This achievement is the latest recognition from a long line of awards. Wakefield Council awarded the home, 5 out of 5 stars, Excellent rating for it “scores on the doors scheme” from Environmental Health, earlier this year. The Department of Health recognises the care home as a “Dignity in Care Champion”. Last year the care home achieved a very high score when it renewed its Investors in People. It is now being considered for a Champion in People award.
The care home has always maintained high standards with its goal as being the “best care home in West Yorkshire”. It has a warm welcoming environment and lives by its ethos of “care, compassion and companionship”. The home now offers day-care for all elderly residents, in addition to its specialist residential care for dementia. Next year it will be offering supported living and possibly nursing care.
Below are pictured from left to right, Claire Hennessey (deputy manager with 10 years experience), Linda Southall (Chef with 17 years experience), Jean Chilton (Care manager with 15 years experience) and Carol Askew (deputy manager with 12 years of experience). The majority of the staff have over 10 years care experience, with 32 staff looking after 30 residents. All of the staff have gained all of this experience while working at the Old Vicarage Care Home, which prides itself on the enjoyable family atmosphere at the home.