Care home passes inspection

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A CARE home for people with learning difficulties has passed an inspection by an industry watchdog.

Autism North Limited, which is based at All Saints Vicarage in Hetton, was given the seal of approval after the unannounced visit by inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

It was one of just four care homes or hospitals out of 19 inspected nationwide to be deemed compliant by the inspectors.

During the visit in January, they spoke with relatives of four of the people who live at the five-bed home in Church Road.

None of them had any concerns about the safety of their family members and one mother described the staff as “brilliant, gentle and kind”.

Another said her son’s behaviour had improved since coming to live at the home, which opened in 1998.

The three-strong inspection team, led by the CQC, also observed how people were being cared for, talked with staff, checked the home’s records and looked at the records of people who use the service.

They found that essential standards were being met of people receiving safe and appropriate care and being protected from abuse.

The check-up was part of a nationwide programme to make sure people who are being cared for are safe and protected from abuse.

A report into the findings will be published later this year.