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Council welcomes outstanding rating for Northumberland care home

Northumberland County Council has welcomed news that the Old Vicarage in Wooler has become the first care home for older people in the county to be rated “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission, the body appointed by the Government to inspect care services.

Nationally, only 2% of adult social care services are awarded this rating.

Northumberland County Councillor Veronica Jones, cabinet member for Adult Wellbeing and Health, said: “I am delighted that the Old Vicarage has been rated as Outstanding and would like to congratulate the team on their achievement.

“While most care homes provide a good quality of care, some, like the Old Vicarage, stand out.

“I am particularly pleased because one of our priorities as a Council over the past year has been to improve the support we offer to smaller care homes.  At their best, small homes offer more personalised care, and enable people to stay in their local communities, particularly in rural areas such as North Northumberland.

“Over the past twenty years, many of the county’s smaller care homes have closed, reducing the range of options open to people who need that level of care.  I hope that the next twenty years will see an increasing choice of high quality care services.” 

Care homes provide care, accommodation and board for people needing high levels of support. They are required by law to be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The Old Vicarage is owned by Simon and Sarah Fitton, who also own the Grange at Rennington. Simon Fitton said:  “We are very proud to have achieved this Outstanding rating, making it the only gold standard home in the county. The grading is a testament to the team’s hard work, dedication and commitment.

“In particular we would like to thank the manager, Cat Wood, and our area manager Julie Stephenson, who have worked immensely hard to make the Old Vicarage a happy, welcoming and friendly environment for our residents, visitors and the local community.”

Simon and Sarah’s company People First Care Ltd are now looking to develop The Old Vicarage site further with an extension as well as offering plots for sale in an Assisted Living scheme on site.

There are 70 residential and nursing homes for older people in Northumberland.

A full list of all the registered care homes across Northumberland and information about the services they provide is available on the council website at http://www.tinyurl.com/NdCareHomes .
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