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Outstanding care service in Stowmarket

Mears Stowmarket care branch has been rated as 'Outstanding' for its caring service by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), with an overall rating of ‘Good’.

The branch provides homecare and support to 120 local people and employs 50.

The CQC report follows an inspection in June and highlights that the people using the service and their relatives said they received “outstanding care” and “it could not be better”.

The report continues:

“Members of staff were described as caring and competent. People using the service and their relatives complimented the staff on their positive attitude, turning up on time through all weathers, never missing a visit and being consistent, anticipating and responding to a deterioration in the person's health. Staff were empathic and treated people with understanding. People's privacy and dignity were respected. Staff encouraged people to maintain and develop their independent living skills.”

Under the heading ‘Is the service caring?’, the report says:

  • People felt they matter as they were treated with kindness, respect and compassion
  • People were encouraged to express their views and these acted upon by the staff
  • The privacy and dignity of people were respected by the staff while the staff encouraged people to maintain their independence
  • The service staff had recognised people’s needs and supported them to develop clubs and arrange trips together for their wellbeing.


Shelly Burridge, Mears Care Manager for Stowmarket, said: “I am absolutely over the moon – having a service that is rated as outstanding as a caring service is what we have all been aiming for!

“I’ve worked in care for 25 years, starting as a care worker, so I understand what it means to our staff and clients – the rating is a testament to everyone’s hard work. Well done all!” 

Anyone seeking homecare services in the Stowmarket and Ipswich area can contact the local team on 01449 676440 or drop into the office:

Mears Group PLC
Unit 19 Charles Industrial Estate
Stowupland Road
IP14 5AH.


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