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Beverley care home rated ‘outstanding’

Taking part in a fund-raising memory walk: Kirsty Fairfield, left, and Laura Douse, right, with John Stabler and Paula Taylor

The Old School House in New Walkergate, Beverley, has become the first registered council-run care home in Yorkshire to be rated as “outstanding” after the Care Quality Commission conducted an unannounced inspection.

The home, which provides residential care for to up to 40 people who have dementia and complex care needs, has been rated “outstanding” overall and is the first registered local authority home in Yorkshire to receive these results.

Yvonne Rhodes, of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, told Beverley FM: “I could not be prouder to be associated with this service; the care provided every day by Barry Cansfield, the registered manager and his staff, is exactly what I would want for someone I loved.

Members of staff at the care home have in the past organised a Memory Walk to raise awareness of dementia and vital funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. They also created a memorial wall by stencilling a ‘meadow’ of forget-me-not flowers on to the wall along the main stairwell in memory of former residents who have lost their battles with dementia. And a traditional tea room was also recreated as part of a refurbishment programme aiming to create a familiar environment for residents and the families of people living with dementia.