Inspectors find Gainsborough Care Home in Swanage is Good

Published: Friday 12th November 2021

If you are looking for a good care home in Swanage, then look no further.

Gainsborough Care Home in Swanage has been rated as ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulator following recent inspection.

The home in Ulwell Road provides high quality residential, respite and dementia care for people aged 65 or over.  It is run by leading independent care provider Agincare.

The home has moved to Good from Requires Improvement at previous inspection (October 2020). This is based on inspection findings in ‘well-led’ and ‘safe’ categories, and with no areas of concern identified in ‘caring’, ‘effective’ and ‘responsive’ categories.

An unannounced inspection

A CQC inspector and an ‘expert by experience’ carried out the inspection, which came without warning on the 15th of October 2021.

They gathered feedback from the local authority and professionals who work with the home, and also reviewed care, medication and personnel records, plus other information related to management of the home.

They spoke with residents and their relatives about their experience of care provided at the home, with team members and the registered manager also interviewed.

Inspectors found that people felt safe and happy living at Gainsborough Care Home and that it enjoyed a friendly, person-centred and open culture.

The inspection report is published on the CQC website.

The report included many positive comments from residents, relatives and team members about the home and the impact of Registered Manager Louise Van Dorn, who said:

Swanage Care Home Registered Manager Louise

We are all delighted that the Care Quality Commission has rated Gainsborough Care Home as Good.

I’m very proud of the team, the Good rating is a testament to their hard work and the incredible community that we, our residents and their loved ones have built together at Gainsborough Care Home.

“I’m particularly pleased with the positive comments from residents and their families about how they feel about our home, because supporting them with high quality care is ultimately what we are here for.

Louise and the team at Gainsborough Care Home are now recruiting people who share their passion for caring in a wide variety of roles, offering flexible working patterns with full-time and part-time jobs.

As well as offering competitive pay, £500 welcome bonus, free training, and other benefits, there’s also the job satisfaction of making a valuable difference to those who need care and support.

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Blooming brightly at our Swanage care home

Our care home offers a home for life in Swanage, providing affordable residential, respite and dementia care.

Gardens are important features of care homes because they give residents access to sunshine, fresh-air, nature and space for activities. Residents of our Gainsborough Care Home in Swanage, Dorset, spent the summer sunning themselves in the outdoor tea room, patios and other areas, surrounded by luscious colourful gardens.

Many of our homes have gardening clubs with enthusiastic residents bringing their skills and experience to the fore to help brighten up the surroundings. At Gainsborough, resident Shirley has really dug in this summer to help transform the care home’s gardens – find out more about Shirley’s story.

Food, nutrition and diet are important parts of care home life for good health and well-being, with the challenge to create varied and tasty choices.

Meals need to be nutritionally balanced and specially catered to the needs of older people, with any particular dietary requirements also accounted for. Meals are also important social occasions at care homes, encouraging interaction with residents eating together.

Gainsborough Care Home is fortunate to have it’s very own classically trained French chef, Jerome, whom this summer was selected to take part in Care Home Chef of the Year Cook-offs!

Gainsborough Care Home is run by Dorset-based leading independent care provider Agincare, which this years celebrates its 35th anniversary of delivering high quality care in the community. It operates over 20 care homes and other high quality care services nationwide, including live-in care, domiciliary care and extra care.

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