The team at Gilmerton Neurological Care Centre have held a party to celebrate their ‘Excellent’ ratings from the Care Inspectorate following their recent inspection.
The care centre, which provides rehabilitation for people with neurological conditions and brain injuries was praised for the “very welcoming and relaxed atmosphere within the home where staff interactions with people were carried out with dignity, respect and genuine affection.”
The home received scores of 6 out of 6 - ‘Excellent’ - in the evaluation areas inspected; ‘How well do we support people's wellbeing?’ and ‘How good is our leadership?’ following the unannounced inspection from the social care regulator.
The regulator reported that: “Staff provided compassionate care and worked creatively with people to maintain their sense of personal identity and engage in meaningful activity.”
The report also noted that: “People felt respected and listened to because their wishes and preferences were used to shape how they were supported.” And “People told us how much they enjoyed taking part in all the activities available to them. This included outings, music therapy sessions, hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, a variety of games as well as rebound sessions where trampolines are used to facilitate better balance.”
A family member told the inspectors that: "Staff are really good, this is the best we have ever seen mum and the most independent we have ever seen her."
Bernie McInally, Clinical Studies Officer & Community Psychiatric Nurse at Neuroprogressive and Dementia Research Network & NHS Borders, who was a guest at the party, said: “Thank you for including me in your celebration day. I was already impressed with the ability to get these 6’s on an ongoing basis - no mean feat - but having had the chance to speak with several of your staff, I can see it is a real team effort with genuine affection for the residents and enthusiasm for turning abilities around from total dependency to near independent living in some cases. With my 25 years as a community psychiatric nurse hat on, you all have my total respect.”
Home Manager, Victoria, said: “We are extremely proud of this achievement which is testament to the entire team’s dedication to caring for our residents. We are totally committed to supporting the people in our care; giving them the best possible opportunity to regain maximum neurological functionality through rehabilitation and to help them discover ways back into a fulfilling life.”
Gilmerton Neurological Care Centre is located in Moredun, Edinburgh and is a Headway Approved Provider. Headway – The Brain Injury Association, are a UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury by providing vital support and information services.
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