A Northamptonshire care home has been recognised in the House of Lords for the high quality services it provides to its residents.
Abbott House in Oundle, Peterborough, was singled out for praise in a speech by Lord Mawhinney, Baron of Peterborough, for the standards of care provided to his mother in the final stages of her life.
Lord Mawhinney said that, in a time when many residential and nursing homes have rightly developed poor reputations, he was “grateful” for the “professional, sympathetic and focussed care” the staff at Abbott House, which is run by Shaw healthcare, gave to his mother.
The quality of care at Abbott House came, he said, “despite the pressures that people are facing and the inadequacies of what the NHS made available at weekends.”
He was speaking on the back of a report from the Select Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change, entitled ‘Ready for Ageing?’, which calls for a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week social care service.
Lord Mawhinney stressed the need for cross-party support for “radical change” to the health and social care system to tackle the “present scandal of the treatment of our elderly.”
Paula Hogan, manager at Abbott House, said: “It is fantastic to have the work of the staff at Abbott House praised at such a high level. The team are all incredibly hardworking and dedicated to ensuring that every resident receives the very best care possible.
“No one does this job for a pat on the back, and our primary focus is always our residents, ensuring that they live as happy, stimulating and fulfilling lives as they possibly can.”
Abbott House is a purpose-built, 40 bed, home that provides residential care for older people who are physically frail or suffering from dementia.