New home for blind and partially sighted adults rated ‘Very Good’ in first inspection

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Press Release | 30/08/2017

The Care Inspectorate has praised the ‘positive and happy atmosphere’ of Royal Blind’s new residential home for disabled adults in its first ever inspection of the service.

Frankie plays with toys in his bedroomAllermuir, in Edinburgh, was opened in August 2016 as an extension to Royal Blind’s Adult Services, to provide a home for life for adults with sight loss and additional disabilities who need 24-hour support.

Now the Care Inspectorate has given the home a rating of 5 (Very Good) across all four themes – as residents and staff are celebrating its first anniversary.

Julie Jamieson, Head of Care (Children and Adult Services) at Royal Blind, said she was ‘delighted’ with the report. She said: “I am very proud of the team who have worked so hard during the past year to make Allermuir feel like home for our residents.

“The aim of opening Allermuir was to provide a highly specialised service for people who would otherwise struggle to find an appropriate place to live with the right support, so it's fantastic to read such a positive first report.”

The Care Inspectorate reviewed Allermuir’s performance in a number of areas including quality of care and support, environment, staffing and management and leadership during its inspection in July.

The report produced by the Care Inspectorate highlighted the good relationships between residents and staff.

It says: “We saw that staff knew the adults very well and responded appropriately to their wishes and needs. We found that the service had a very positive and happy atmosphere, with a purposeful rhythm to daily life.”

It also commented on the wide range of activities including horse riding, trampolining, music and shopping, and the residents’ inclusion in the local community.

It adds: “We found that transitions from school and home to Allermuir were managed well and sensitively, with staff, on occasion, transferring with the adult from their previous placement. This promoted consistency of care and expectations.”

It comes after Royal Blind’s first service for vision impaired adults, Forward Vision, was also rated as 5 (Very Good) by the Care Inspectorate in June.

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Notes to editors: 

  • We provide 24-hour residential care and short breaks for adults with visual impairment and additional disabilities, based in Edinburgh. Forward Vision is a transitional service for young adults between the ages of 17-25. Allermuir provides a home for life with community-based supported living. 
  • Forward Vision was recently rated 5 (Very Good) by the Care Inspectorate 

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