Beechlawn Residential Home in Ipswich removed from special measures after major improvements

Beechlawn Residential Home in Ipswich.

Beechlawn Residential Home in Ipswich. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

An Ipswich residential home has come out of special measures after a new inspection by the health regulator found significant improvements.

Beechlawn Residential Home, in Elton Park, off Hadleigh Road, was rated inadequate in all five categories and placed in special measures by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in February.

The home provides care for up to 36 people, including those living with dementia.

But it has been given a new overall rating of ‘requires improvement’ after the latest CQC inspection, carried out on August 11, found a number of improvements.

The report, published yesterday, gave a ‘good’ rating for the effectiveness category and ‘requires improvement’, the former satisfactory rating, for safety, care, being responsive and being well-led.

It said: “Since our previous inspection a new safeguarding procedure had been introduced by the service.

“Care plans contained risk assessments which identified the risk to people and identified the actions put in place to minimise the risk.

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“Care and support records were clear and well organised. People’s needs had been assessed and reviewed regularly to ensure they remained current.”

A spokesman for Beechlawn Residential Home said: “This new higher rating is reflective of the huge amount of commitment and work which has been carried out at Beechlawn by the management and staff team to raise the standards over the past six months.

“CQC were unable to rate us ‘good’ until they see the standards have been sustained over a period of time.

“However, we fully anticipate to receive a good rating when they next inspect us.

“We have not been asked to produce an action or improvement plan by CQC, and both CQC and social services have been very impressed with our progress.

“We care deeply about our residents and are committed to ensuring they receive the best possible care and support.

“We are confident we can now offer a safe, caring and comfortable home to new and existing residents.”