ST RONAN'S House care home is celebrating being awarded top marks following an inspection.

The Innerleithen facility scored a coveted Grade 6 – Excellent by the Care Inspectorate for the way in which the staff team supports the wellbeing of their residents, as well as a Grade 5 – Very Good for how well care and support is planned.

The Care Inspectorate ratings were the result of an unannounced visit to the home in November last year. Visiting inspectors took into account the views of residents, relatives and carers before making their decision.

Overall, they found them to be very happy with the care and support they received at St Ronan’s, which embraces the ‘My Home Life’ philosophy that promotes quality of life and delivers positive changes in care homes for older people.

Among the positive comments highlighted in the report was praise for the caring and professional approach of staff and the fact that St Ronan’s was a good home.

The SB Cares home has also received recognition at a national level after it was shortlisted in four categories at December’s Caring UK Awards.

The team was nominated for Excellence and Innovation of Dementia Care, Commitment to Training and Development, Management Team of the Year as well as for the Regional Care Home of the Year award.

This meant they were among one of only six homes in the whole country selected for the overall category, having beat off the competition from another 2,800 UK-wide entries, and the only care home in Scotland to have done so.

SB Cares Managing Director, Philip Barr, said: “Many congratulations to St Ronan’s on having their hard work and commitment recognised, both by the Care Inspectorate and nationally by colleagues in the care industry. Inspectors and the Caring UK Award judges were quite rightly impressed by the high standard of quality care that residents and their family carers experience at the home, and the staff team should be extremely proud of their achievements.”