TWO care homes have received glowing reports from industry watchdog the Care Quality Commission.

HC-One’s Lothian House, in Spennymoor, joined the top three per cent of adult social care services with an ‘outstanding’ rating– the highest possible from the CQC.

Inspectors highlighted the 'extremely person-centred' care and family culture and staff were praised for going 'above and beyond' for residents such as enabling a holiday to a local caravan park so they could visit the seaside and dine in a restaurant.

Home manager Jill Carr said: “This report is fantastic news.

"It is a massive achievement by the Lothian House team and the result of endless hard work and commitment to delivering the kindest care for every resident.”

Bishopsgate Lodge, in Bishop Auckland, also a HC-One home, was rated ‘good’ in all areas.

Inspectors praised staff for the kind ways they provide care and the variety of activities in the home and community including arts and crafts, bingo, performances from entertainers and visits by children.

Home manager Sarah Rigby said: “We are delighted with our CQC report, which is a testament to the hard work and kind care that each and every member of our team puts in, day in day out.”