Inspectors praise standards at Broadford care home

A Skye care home has received a “fantastic” report following an unannounced inspection by the Care Inspectorate.

An Acarsaid in Broadford received the top ranking of “very good” in all categories reviewed by the Care Inspectorate and impressed inspectors in terms of the quality of care and support it offers, as well as the quality of its environment, staffing, management and leadership.

The report was produced following an unannounced visit in March when the inspector spoke to residents, staff and the home’s manager.

Catherine Smith, manager of An Acarsaid — which provides care for up to 10 people — said: “We are all delighted with the Care Inspectorate’s findings, which reflect the dedication and commitment of all our staff.”

The report notes: “An Acarsaid has continued to provide very good standards of care and support for the residents who live there. Staff promote a person-centred approach to care provision and support residents to maintain as much independence as possible.

“An Acarsaid provides very good standards of care in a well-maintained and homely environment.”

NHS Highland’s district manager in Skye and Lochalsh, Kate Earnshaw, added: “These are fantastic results for a great care home, and it’s the best possible report on the home.

“When it was last inspected, in August 2012, the home achieved straight ‘fives’ in four categories and a ‘four’ in another. To have bettered that this time is a real credit to the management and staff, and reflects our commitment to drive up quality and deliver high-quality care.”

The home will be celebrating its success with a strawberry tea-themed open day on Thursday 24th July, from 2pm to 4pm, being held to belatedly mark last month’s National Care Home Open Day. Highland Hospice, who are developing an outreach service at An Acarsaid, will have an information stand, as will the local Parkinson’s group while music will be provided by the Ceilidh Trailers.

Pictured above are (left to right) are An Acarsaid staff members Helen MacInnes, Flora Young, Margaret MacPherson, Margaret Robertson, Anya Nowak and Lorraine Beaton, with resident Dolly MacPherson.