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High praise for Peterhead care home in inspection report

By Kyle Ritchie

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A care home in Peterhead has received high praise across all areas following an unannounced inspection in April.

The Care Inspectorate report assessing Grangepark, Meethill Road, awarded all the parts inspected Grade 5 (Very Good).

The inspector found "significant strengths in aspects of the care provided and how these supported positive outcomes for people" and that "each unit or wing had its own dedicated staff group. This meant that staff got to know the care and support needs of the people in that wing".

"People told us: 'Staff are lovely, I feel safe and well cared for' and that you could 'not get better carers, they know exactly what I like'."

The Grangepark care staff team.
The Grangepark care staff team.

Jennifer Lauder, care home manager, is incredibly proud of her team.

She said about the report: "I am honestly just so chuffed. The team here have been amazing throughout Covid, and I could not be prouder of them and happier for our residents.

"We really do feel like a family, and we care so much about how our residents feel and what we can do to make them even happier and more settled.

"The last two years have really been, super hard but I have been absolutely blown away by the dedication that the staff have shown.

Care home manager Jennifer Lauder.
Care home manager Jennifer Lauder.

"The girls are always coming up with new ways to do things and even took some of the residents to see Elvis live in Vegas – through the power of the internet – which was just fabulous.

"Having younger staff members coming into the home has been great – they really understand how we can use the tech we were given during Covid to improve things like exercise classes, for our residents."

Chairwoman of the Aberdeenshire Integration Joint Board (IJB) Rhona Atkinson congratulated Jennifer and the team

She said: “This is a really great inspection report and I congratulate Jennifer and her team for doing so well.

"The inspectors have clearly picked up on the enthusiasm and care that the staff demonstrate every day in the care they give residents.”

Vice-chairwoman, Councillor Anne Stirling, echoed Rhona’s sentiment and said: “I would also like to extend my thanks and congratulations on behalf of the IJB, to Jennifer and the team.

"It is so welcome to know that our residents are so well cared for by wonderful, caring individuals. The team has certainly made us all incredibly proud.”

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