A CARE home has found cause for celebration as it has been rated ‘good’ by inspectors after years of being told to improve.

Rothsay Grange Care Home, in Weyhill Road, achieved ‘good’ in all categories after its Care Quality Commission (CQC) visit, where inspectors found improvements had been made in all past areas of concern.

On Tuesday, families, staff, residents and friends of the home gathered for a party to celebrate turning things around.

Acting manager Jessica Salway said: “As soon as we got the outcome we needed to celebrate this and show the community.

“It’s been dramatic change all for the positive and the staff have worked so hard to make this happen.

“We knew they [inspectors] were coming and a lot of the staff felt nervous, I said to them ‘we have worked hard to make this happen so just show off what we have achieved’.”

The home which was previously flagged on issues with staffing, safety and effectiveness, and was rated ‘inadequate’ in 2016, now has permanent contract nurses and staff that “really want to be there”.

Inspectors found in their visit on June 5 that there were systems to keep people safe, staff enabled people to maintain their dignity and they provided “respectful and empathetic care.”

Previously the watchdog noted there were insufficient staff members to meet the residents’ basic care requirements, but this time found there were sufficient staff throughout the day.

Praise was also given to the registered manager at the time of the inspection, Margaret Ndanga, for driving improvements across the service, and positive feedback was given about both the manager and deputy by staff.

The report said: “We were told they were supportive, receptive to ideas and encouraged development within the teams.

“If staff were rushed or someone needed support, they would not hesitate to step in and support with care or assist at lunchtime.

“A staff member told us, ‘without a doubt, now is the best it has ever been…I would definitely place my family here’.”

Moving forward the home hopes to care for more residents as its numbers are on the up and continue to drive up standards.

Ms Salway added: “We just want to maintain what we are doing now and keep doing what we are doing, and next time get an ‘outstanding’.”