Balhousie Wheatlands, in Bonnybridge has made history by becoming the first care home in its region to win a top rating by the Care Inspectorate in Scotland.
The care home was awarded an ‘excellent’ rating of Grade 6 for its care and support, after measures were introduced which saw residents, their families and staff involved in everything from policy and recruitment to activities at the home. The highest Care Inspectorate rating is also a first across the whole Balhousie group of 25 homes.
Home manager Grace Sloan said: “One of our dementia ambassadors introduced experiential learning to staff so that they could experience the effects of ageing themselves. Staff were given altered glasses and blindfolds to wear, to simulate macular generation and poor vision. They were also fed food and rushed when they were walking, again so they could empathise with the elderly.”
Grace, who is celebrating five years heading up Balhousie Wheatlands, said the Care Inspectorate rating has been a “huge” boost to morale.
“We now have a Grade 5 and a Grade 6 rating and the feedback we’ve had from residents and relatives on the home has been remarkable. It’s been a huge boost to the morale of our 80 staff.”