Saltgrens: The care home’s reputation has improved, council member says

Management at Saltgreens Care Home in Eyemouth, which can accommodate up to 35 elderly people, was last year released for the required procedures needed to address concerns by the Care Inspectorate after it was rated ‘weak’ for staff and residents’ needs.

The nursing home had a recent troubled past.

Eight older adults died after contracting the coronavirus during the outbreak in May and June 2020.

Staff were also later disciplined for alleged breaches of the lockdown.

But when three Welfare Inspectorate inspectors made a follow-up visit on February 21 this year, they found a much better situation.

The facility is rated ‘Good’ in all five areas on which it was judged – Wellbeing Support, Leadership, Team of Staff, Setup, Care and Planned Support.

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The report found that people “can be confident in having a consistent team of staff doing their part to meet their general needs”, that there is a “positive culture of engagement” and that people’s needs are reviewed and individual plans updated.

The positive report did not come as a surprise to East Berwickshire councilor James Anderson, who has been a regular visitor to the house in recent months, and witnessed its conversion firsthand.

He said, “The ‘good’ score Saltgreens got in my latest inspection is something I expected and looked forward to.

“I have been a regular visitor to the home for the past four months and the changes that have been made have been wonderful. One of the main things I have noticed is that the staff have a sense of pride in their work and enthusiasm for everyday life at Saltgreens.

The pride that employees have now is something they should have. The smiles on residents’ faces really lift your heart when you walk through the living areas. The employees are cheerful and upbeat and the atmosphere is so different when you walk into Saltgreens.

A ‘Good’ rating is the result of everyone working together. From the cleaners to the CEO, everyone has worked as a team to ensure that the residents’ living experience is the best it can be.

“Consistency in momentum will be important going forward. I am confident in everyone on the team’s ability to push forward and see a bright future ahead.”

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