This week the Care Inspectorate confirmed that Veterans’ charity Erskine, delivers excellent care and support to the Veterans residing in The Erskine Home, near Bishopton and Erskine Edinburgh Home, Gilmerton.
The Care Inspectorate conducted a detailed audit, in line with the Scottish National Care Standards, on two key themes: “How well do we Support Peoples Wellbeing” and “How well is our Care and Support Planning”.
In the final report The Erskine Home was awarded the highest possible mark: Grade 6 – Excellent in both categories and Erskine Edinburgh Home was awarded the next highest mark: Grade 5 – Very Good, again in both categories. These high awards recognise the “outstanding and sector-leading,” care delivered by Erskine to elderly, disabled or frail residents – many of whom are also living with dementia.
The Inspectors were also very impressed by the compassionate, person-centred care being delivered, by professionals with an in-depth understanding of each resident. Erskine’s excellent use of technology based systems to chart and promote resident health, wellbeing and medicine administration was also noted.
Erskine Director of Care Derek Barron said: “Care Inspections are an important part of the regulatory and quality assurance framework for Care Homes across Scotland. It is therefore a delight when the Care Inspectorate inspect our Homes and give us grades of 6 (Excellent/sector leading) and 5 (Very Good). This week I am proud of the dedicated staff across The Erskine Home and Erskine Edinburgh Home for their respective grades of 6 and 5 across two key themes. I was especially pleased with the feedback from both inspections where teamwork, which wraps around our resident’s needs, was mentioned. I’d like to say thank you to our staff for their dedication to providing excellent care, in the many direct and indirect roles we have here at Erskine”.
Erskine Chief Executive Ian Cumming said: “Everyone at Erskine is incredibly proud of these grades, which emphasise Erskine’s sector-leading role as a Scottish charity. However, we and our armed forces Veteran residents simply would not be in this privileged position, without our army of donors and supporters! It is they who help fund and deliver the unique in-house clinical expertise and technology, enhanced staffing ratios and recreational activities which make such a difference to the wellbeing of our residents. We could not achieve this through the National Care Home Contract fee alone. We have profound respect for our smaller charity and commercial social care counterparts across the UK, who must strive to meet expected standards and the increasingly complex care needs of wider society, on extraordinarily tight budgets.