A CARE home has worked its way out of ‘special measures’ with management vowing to continue improving.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) graded Sycamore Cottage Rest Home, in Skippetts Lane West, as ‘requires improvement’ after an inspection in November last year with three of the categories being marked as ‘good’.

The care home had previously been given an ‘inadequate’ from the watchdog and was placed in special measures.

However, there with a new manager at the facility, inspectors recognised improvements have been made Maggie Fuller, general manager of Sycamore Cottage Rest Home, said: “We’re really pleased that we’ve improved, especially getting ‘good’ in three of the categories that they look for. The staff are on board, and are working hard to make it more successful.”

The home was given a ‘requires improvement’ rating in the safety and leadership categories.

Maggie added: “I’ve only been the manager here since September 2017, and there is a certain length of time that you have to be manager for before the rating can change. We’re confident that we can improve and get the ‘outstanding’ rating that we deserve.

“It’s all been really positive and we are really pleased.”

Part of the report read: “At this inspection we found that the provider had acted on the risks and shortfalls that had been previously identified.

“Whilst we recognised that improvements were being made to the service’s systems and processes for maintaining standards and improving the service, many of the changes were still a work in progress and have not yet been sustained in the longer term to be fully embedded in practice.”

The home currently has 12 residents living at the facility, but with further improvements aimed for in the future, staff are hoping to get more residents and be up to 90 per cent capacity by March.