A WIRRAL care home has been rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission following a recent inspection.

Staff at Anchor's Birkenhead Court in Bidston were commended for consistent good practice.

The inspectors also commended the home's facilities - which include a pub, sweet shop; which is used for reminiscence sessions, cinema, library and indoor garden, all of which were created by caretaker Paul Todd.

Home manager Mary Hardy said: "We secured this rating because of consistent good practice, focusing on person-centred care and putting the wellbeing of the residents at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make.

"The team here are exceptional. They are passionate about providing top quality care for the residents, and their training helps them achieve great things every day.

"Teamwork is key to our success.

"The home operates as one happy family and as no agency staff are used, we have a strong team who really know our residents.

"We welcome such rigorous inspections and clear ratings so older people and their families can see which homes are the best in the country."

Roger Nelson, 74, who has been a Birkenhead Court resident since 2008, said: "I enjoy living here because the staff do so much for me and make me feel valued.

"Nothing is too much trouble.

"They are a fabulous team, always smiling and helpful."