Care home is rated one of the best nationwide

Foxton Court at Morpeth Cottage Hospital which has been voted the best in the country in a residents poll (left to right) Margaret Snowball, Sheila Fellerman, Angela Bews-Manager, Audrey Kitchen and Jean Slaughter.'REF 1102153224
Foxton Court at Morpeth Cottage Hospital which has been voted the best in the country in a residents poll (left to right) Margaret Snowball, Sheila Fellerman, Angela Bews-Manager, Audrey Kitchen and Jean Slaughter.'REF 1102153224
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Residents have rated a Morpeth care home one of the best in the country.

Foxton Court has scored an overall performance mark of 984 out of 1,000 in the Your Care Rating Survey, outstripping the national average of 871 and regional average of 886, and just 11 behind the country’s highest rated home.

The Helen McArdle Care home, in the grounds of the former Morpeth Cottage Hospital, surpassed its score of 977 for 2013.

The marks are based on a residents’ survey composed of 28 questions on four themes. Foxton Court earned 987 for staff and care, 968 for home comforts, 987 for having a say, and 993 for quality of life.

Compiled by Ipsos MORI with input from operators, the National Care Forum and the English Community Care Association, it is the largest UK survey of its kind, with more than 20,000 residents from 1,055 care homes taking part.

Foxton Court Manager Angela Bews said: “It’s great that our residents value the care they receive. Most of our scores across the four themes are really positive, which shows that life for our residents is happy and fulfilling.

“While we’re really pleased with our scores, we obviously want to get even better, and the survey helps us do that by giving us direct resident feedback.”