Ellon care home praised for support during pandemic

An Ellon care home has been praised for the care and support it has provided during the coronavirus pandemic.

By Kirstie Topp, Local Democracy Reporter
Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 6:44 am
Ythanvale Care Home was praised by the Care Inspectorate.
Ythanvale Care Home was praised by the Care Inspectorate.

The Care Inspectorate carried out an unannounced inspection of Ythanvale Home at the beginning of the month to evaluate how well residents were being supported by staff.

At the time of the visit there were a total of 11 people living in the home who were isolating in their bedrooms.

Inspectors noted that staff treated people with “care and respect” while one resident at the time “expressed contentment”.

The Care Inspectorate gave Ythanvale Home a “Very Good” grade for its care and support, a five out of a six point scale where one is “Unsatisfactory” and a six is “Excellent”.

At the time of the inspection the home had been recovering from a positive outbreak and residents were isolating.

Because of this staff carried out frequent wellbeing checks on the residents and inspectors praised staff for being “unhurried” and taking their time to speak to them.

The report added: “We could hear the positive impact this had on people, with laughter being heard.

"Throughout the pandemic, people were supported to take part in activities that were meaningful to them.”

Residents were supported in taking part in activities and spending time outdoors and they were also given support by staff to speak to family members using technology such as iPads and mobile phones.

End of life care visits were “managed safely” with the use of PPE while anticipatory care plans were in place to make staff aware of the wishes of people and how they wanted their end of life care needs met.

Staff were praised for their infection control knowledge and practice while PPE stations were “well stocked” and “appropriately stored” to prevent cross contamination.

Inspectors stated that the home was “clean and odour free” and additional cleaning of regularly touched areas was taking place regularly.

They also said that there was a “calm and friendly atmosphere” in the home.

The report added: “Staff said they felt part of the team and that it was a team effort to keep people healthy and happy during the Covid pandemic.”