MEASURES put in place to prevent coronavirus infection at a care home in Culcheth have been praised by the Care Quality Commission.

An inspection was carried out at Holcroft Grange Residential Care Home last month as part of the CQC’s Covid-19 response, with particular attention being paid infection prevention and control practices.

The Jackson Avenue home provides accommodation and personal care for up to 40 older people, and at the time of the inspection, 29 people were living at the home.

Commission representatives wrote glowingly about the home’s efforts to combat Covid-19, including the creation of a family pod to facilitate socially distant visits.

In their report, inspectors said: “There were effective infection prevention and control procedures in place to manage and prevent the transmission of infection; the environment was clean, hygienic and well-maintained.

“PPE was routinely ordered, staff were observed wearing the appropriate PPE during the inspection and had received the necessary PPE training.

Warrington Guardian: The Covid-secure visiting pod created at Holcroft Grange Care Home in CulchethThe Covid-secure visiting pod created at Holcroft Grange Care Home in Culcheth

“Regular Covid-19 testing was in place for people living at the home and staff who worked there.

“High risk and most vulnerable people and staff had been identified, risk assessments had been completed and support measures were in place.”

Inspectors said that the new visiting pod supported residents and relatives in maintaining contact with each other.

The pod ensured social distancing was in place during visits, with coronavirus guidance and reading material on hand for visitors and residents to familiarise themselves with.

The report adds: “The registered manager ensured that current and relevant Covid-19 policies, guidance and procedures were effectively communicated and visible throughout the home.”