One Care Home Closes While Another Achieves Outstanding Rating

After 28 years in operation Leopold Rd Nursing Home has closed – with 36 residents needing to find new accommodation

A spokeswoman for the home said the operators – who also run the St Mary’s Nursing Home near Cobbold’s Point on the seafront and Witnesham Nursing Home – had always strived to maintain and raise standards. But shortage of nurses, restrictions on immigration and the cost of new government regulations have impacted on the ability to provide quality care and forced the closure.

Meanwhile residents and staff at White Gables in Stanley Rd are celebrating after receiving an outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – one of only 94 homes in the UK to achieve the status.

CQC inspectors praised staff for being “outstanding and extremely compassionate carers who consistently demonstrated empathy, understanding and warmth”.

The home was rated as good for being safe, effective and responsive and outstanding for being caring and well-led, leading to the overall outstanding rating.

A report compiled by inspectors said: “Staff understood the importance of gaining people’s consent to the care they were providing to enable people to be cared for in the way they wished.

“People were consistently treated with outstanding kindness, respect and compassion.”

At the time of the inspection there were 37 people living at the home, which has been owned and run by Clifford and Jackie Lewis for a number of years after they took over from Clifford’s parents.


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