A CARE home which houses almost 200 elderly residents was praised in its latest Care Inspectorate check-up.

Inspectors examined Erskine Home’s management and leadership which was given the highest rating of “very good” for the first time since 2015.

Care and support was also looked at and received a “good” rating.

Staff were praised for managing residents’ healthcare needs well and offering a wide range of activities.

Residents were described as “happy and comfortable” and staff were praised for respecting their choices, preferences and needs with regard to care.

The report said: “Residents told us they were happy and comfortable.

“We saw staff respected residents’ choices and were familiar with individuals’ preferences and care needs.

“There were opportunities for residents to attend a wide range of activities.

“Residents said they enjoyed taking part in activities as it offered them the company of other people.

“Residents’ healthcare needs were well-managed. This was achieved by ongoing assessment.”

Inspectors did, however, say training of staff needed to improve regarding caring for patients living with dementia and mealtime experiences also needed work.

The report continued: “The service should monitor and assess mealtime management in each house to develop mealtimes into a more sociable event.

“We saw there was a need to progress with training for staff regarding the care of residents living with dementia.

“This would help expand staff knowledge regarding the importance of meaningful activity for residents.”