A CARE home has been taken out of special measures by the Care Quality Commission watchdog.

Feng Shui House in Cherry Tree, Blackburn was placed in special measures after inspectors found a shared bedroom which required a deep clean and safety concerns were raised about a pan left on a stove.

The Preston Old Road home was rated inadequate by the CQC after the unannounced inspection last August.

Given six months to improve, bosses at the home have now managed to turn around its fortunes, with the home now given a 'requires improvement' rating.

Watchdogs have also rated the home, which provides accommodation for up to 16 people, good in three areas for its effectiveness, care and responsiveness following an inspection in January this year.

Luke Evans, registered manager at the home, welcomed the improvements made.

He said: “We’ve worked closely with all the professionals that have been involved to make all the significant improvements we have.

“Hard work from myself and the team have resulted in a more positive outcome from this inspection.”

Since the last inspection, watchdogs said in a report that the provider had received considerable support under the local authority’s Quality Improvement Strategy, which aims to improve quality of care for patients.

Watchdogs found significant work had taken place since the last inspection to improve the safety, effectiveness and quality of the service, which meant the provider was no longer in breach of any of the regulations.

While watchdogs said the home was clean and appropriate arrangements were in place to manage the risk of cross infection.

Materials hazardous to health were also stored securely.

A CQC report said: “Since the service is no longer rated as inadequate overall, or in any of the key questions, it is therefore out of special measures.

“The service has an overall rating of requires improvement.”

The report added: “We received positive feedback about the new registered manager and their impact on the running of the home.

“Staff told us they enjoyed working in the home and felt fairly treated. Records showed regular staff meetings took place.”

“The registered manager told us they intended to improve how these meetings were recorded to demonstrate the impact of any suggestions made by staff on the way the service was run.”