STAFF at an Isle of Wight care home have celebrated the news it has been rated 'good' by inspectors.

Blackwater Mill, which cares for people living with dementia and physical disabilities, has been praised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The CQC rated the home as 'good' in four out of five areas — effective, caring, responsive and well led — and 'requires improvement' in the safety category, where inspectors said more robust systems were needed.

Manager Lesley Shaw said: "We have worked incredibly hard this year to get to where we are and it is wonderful to see our efforts recognised.

"I would like to thank the team for their positive attitude and efforts."

Steps taken by the home have included improving medication audit processes and risk assessments, and introducing more effective security alarm systems for residents.

Inspectors praised the overall running of the service and the approach of staff.

One resident told the the CQC: "The staff are always available when I need them, they have time for me, I am never rushed."

Another said: "The staff are very kind and caring towards me, they know how I like things done and they take care to do it that way."

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