A CARE home has been rated outstanding by a health watchdog.

Lighthouse Care Home in Westcliff was given the highest rating from the Care Quality Commission having improved from being a good home during the previous inspection.

The care home has been providing care to those with learning difficulties, mental health, sensory impairment and physical needs for more than ten years. The home has the facilities to care for up to fourteen people at any one time.

Inspectors found the leadership of the care home is outstanding.

Families and loved ones are included in activities and the care of residents.

The report states: “The home understood people’s individual circumstances and ensured that people were supported in a way that respected their dignity, privacy and independence.”

The home attempts to maximise resident’s independence by encouraging them to learn cookery skills.

Sam Snell, 30, deputy manager at the home, said: “We are overjoyed with the report because we believe both our staff and residents deserve it.”

He added: “We will continue to place an emphasis on staff training as we believe this is pivotal in providing great care.”

Mr Snell also thanked the owner Mrs Hassain for her support of both the staff and residents.

On a Wednesday the care home runs a homeless project where residents bake cakes for the homeless.

In the past the home has also raised money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Inspector Jemima Burnage said: “Our inspection team was really impressed by the level of care and support offered to people who use Lighthouse.

“People received exceptional person-centred care.”