Harrogate care home recognised for excellence in care

Brackenley staff with the Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate, Coun Nick Brown.
Brackenley staff with the Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate, Coun Nick Brown.

A Harrogate care home for adults with learning disabilities has been recognised for its excellence in care, after being rescued from financial struggle by a local charity.

Brackenley residential care home was bought by the Harrogate Skills 4 Living Centre (HS4LC) charity two years ago after it fell into financial difficulties.

Faced with an uncertain future, the home's dedication in turning its situation around has been commended by the national care quality body, Excellence Squared.

The 'Excellence in Care' standard recognises a home's commitment to improving the quality of care and the experience for residents.

The assessment report for Brackenley praised the home for access to activities, positive staff attitude, and making residents their primary focus,

HS4LC Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Kirkman Meikle said: “This is a fantastic testament to Jan Wright and her staff at Brackenley who have come through some difficult times and worked so hard to help us turn the business around. It is a wonderful achievement and one of which they can be very proud.

"Local authorities and other providers are facing huge pressures because of limited funds, increasing demands and ever-rising costs.

"But what we are doing is one small step in improving the lives of vulnerable people as well as providing hope to all of us concerned about how we as a society help those less fortunate than ourselves”.

Chief Executive Officer of Excellence Squared, Paul Bridle, said: “Excellence in Care is a challenging standard designed to give recognition for excellence but also to ensure the Home is capable of continuous improvement. Brackenley Care Home has shown an excellent approach in its care provision and how it goes about seeking to continuously improve in every way.”

HS4LC also owns an adult education centre on North Park Road in Harrogate. It provides support for over 80 people with learning and physical disabilities.

Brackenley was HS4LC's first care home purchase, but the charity has recently acquired Briardene home on East Parade, which was also in financial trouble.

Both homes were bought with loans from social investor Social and Sustainable Capital, which helps organisations working with vulnerable people.

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