Hat Trick of Top Marks for Erskine
Nurse Heather Fyfe and Isa Carlin at Erskine’s award-winning home in Bishopton.
By Susan Hamilton
Veterans’ charity Erskine has received a hat trick of excellent results from the Care Inspectorate over the past two weeks. The most recent detailed audit, this time of the Erskine Park Home in Bishopton, confirmed that the charity delivers an excellent standard of care and support to those in its care.
The Care Inspectorate audited Erskine Park, in line with the Scottish National Care Standards, on two key themes: “How well do we Support Peoples Well-being” and “How well is our Care and Support Planning”.
The final report revealed that the Home had received the highest possible marks: Grade 6 – Excellent in both categories. These high awards are indicative of the outstanding and sector-leading care delivered by Erskine, on a daily basis to its elderly, disabled and sometimes frail residents – many of whom are also living with dementia.
The Inspectors were very impressed by the: ‘Individual leadership and confidence of a very high level’ and the fact that people living in Erskine Park were ‘Supported to build their confidence and have ambitions and dreams.’ Once again Erskine’s excellent use of technology based systems to chart and promote resident health, well-being and medicine administration was also noted.
Erskine Director of Care Derek Barron said: “It was a privilege to sit in the on feedback from the Care Inspectorate reporting on their unannounced inspection of Erskine Park Home where we were awarded grades of 6 (Excellent/sector leading) in the two Key Questions (theme 1 and 5) of the inspection. These grades are the result of dedicated, person focused care being delivered daily to our residents, who are all living with dementia. In relation to one particular care plan, the interventions planned and carried out to support and care for a resident the inspector said “this is gold standard”, it could not have been better. I’d like to congratulate all the staff at Erskine Park, in every role that makes the Home the special place that it is.
Erskine Chief Executive Ian Cumming said: “In this latest round of inspections, every Erskine Home has been assessed as either Very Good or Excellent, for the care and support experienced by our armed forces Veterans. These grades truly underline Erskine’s sector-leading role as an iconic Scottish charity. We are all immensely proud of what we have achieved as a team. However, we must also thank our army of donors and volunteers, who are a vital part of “Team Erskine”. Without them, we simply would not be in this privileged position. They help fund and deliver the outstanding clinical expertise and technology, enhanced staffing ratios and recreational activities, which make such a difference to the wellbeing of our residents. We could not deliver our services through the Local Authority Funding alone. We have profound respect for our smaller charity and commercial social care counterparts across the UK, who must strive to meet expected standards and the increasingly complex care needs of wider society, on extraordinarily tight budgets.