Autism care home ‘outstanding’

Options Watermill House staff EMN-161202-100622001

Options Watermill House staff EMN-161202-100622001

  • Residential service for young people gets top rating after Care Quality Commission inspection
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A specialist residential service which offers support to young people with autism is celebrating after being rated as outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.

An unannounced inspection was carried out at Brigg’s Options Watermill House in November 2015, and a report has been released this week rating the service as outstanding overall.

Options Watermill House offers specialist care and opportunities for young people with autistic spectrum conditions, associated complex needs and challenging behaviours.

Facilities at the site include a large enclosed garden, with swings and seesaws, a hydro pool and a soft indoor activity space.

CQC deputy chief inspector for adult social care in the North, Debbie Westhead, said: “Options Watermill House has an excellent leadership team that was involved in sharing and developing best practice, it was clear people were at the heart of the 
service.

“What struck us the most was how much time and effort went into adapting the service to better care for people’s changing needs, and also the support given to people’s families.

“Everyone at Options Watermill House should feel proud of the work they 
do.

“It is for this and many other reasons why the service has received the highest rating we can give.”

And Options Watermill manager Helen Horsewood said she was “ecstatic” with the latest report.

She said: “I am absolutely ecstatic that we have received an outstanding rating and I am very proud of the whole 
team.

“I may be the one who makes the decisions, but it is not just me,

“I have a brilliant team of staff who all do an excellent job.”

And Options group’s head of autism, Russell Leese, is equally thrilled.

He said: “We’re incredibly proud of the whole team at Options Watermill House and the recent CQC inspection rating.

“This is the second outstanding rating we have recently received for our services in North Lincolnshire and it is recognition for the excellent work undertaken by our staff to ensure the best outcomes possible for the young people we 
support.”

Options Watermill House is owned and operated by Options Group, a specialist care provider that offers autism services to children, young people and 
adults.

Its Scunthorpe service was also recently rated ‘outstanding’.