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Committee Thanks Care Homes Staff

Councillors have expressed their thanks to committed and hard working staff employed in Council-run care homes throughout South Tyneside.

After hearing a report on the annual inspections of six homes in the Borough, members of the Health, Environment and Communities Scrutiny Committee thanked all the staff for their dedication and good work. Committee Chairman, Councillor Edith Battye says: "These annual inspection reports were very good and the Committee wants to express its thanks to all the staff for the marvellous work they do."

Councillor Steve Forster, Lead Member for Caring for All said: "I am very pleased that all the homes inspected received such excellent reports, they are a tribute to all the dedicated, caring and hard-working staff and the Local Authority. I would like to join with the Committee by sending my thanks to all those involved."

Inspectors visited Connolly House, Campbell Park House and Murtagh Diamond House to look at care for the elderly. They also inspected Lanark Drive Children's Home as well as Stirling Avenue and Danesfield Residential homes for people with learning disabilities.

When Connolly House in Whiteleas was inspected most residents were very complimentary of the facilities in the home and the staff who are said to work very hard.

The report says: "All areas in the building were very clean and well maintained. The environment was extremely comfortable, homely and welcoming." Staff are described as "very positive about their work and their competence was confirmed throughout the day in the way they catered for the individual requirements of the residents."

Inspectors visited Campbell Park House in Hebburn shortly before Christmas and were impressed by the home described as "warm, very clean, immaculate and homely". The lunchtime meal was nicely presented and a choice was available. Residents and visitors were "very complimentary of the care provided." The Team concluded: "The atmosphere throughout the inspection was very warm and welcoming."

Murtagh Diamond House on the Parkway Estate in South Shields was praised for its high standards of cleanliness and maintenance as well as its relaxing, homely environment. The staffing level met the required standard, and records and documents were current and informative. Residents and visitors praised the staff and the service they receive. The report says: "There is a good, trusting rapport between the residents and staff."

Lanark Drive Children's Home in Jarrow was also inspected and received an excellent report. The team found that the home has made "real progress" since its last inspection. Standards of care are described as "excellent and geared to the needs of individual children." Communal areas are clean and well decorated and the bedrooms are comfortable and personalised.

Inspectors also spent time talking to residents and staff at 7 Stirling Avenue, Jarrow home to eight people who have a learning disability. All the residents appeared confident in their home and happy with the service provided. The team said the building was very clean and well maintained and the level of staffing met required standards. Records and documents were up to date and medication was stored securely. The home has a "warm and friendly atmosphere."

Danesfield Flats in Bede Burn Road, Jarrow accommodates 15 adults with learning and physical disabilities. The inspectors say the premises are "clean, homely and well maintained." Records were up to date, medication was stored appropriately and the staffing was above the minimum standard required. Staff were commended for supporting the residents to lead full independent lives.

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