"Significant changes" at a care home have seen it lifted from special measures less than a year after being rapped by inspectors.

In July last year, Belvoir House in Brundall was rated as inadequate by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and plunged into special measures.

However, the home, which is run by Belvoir Healthcare Ltd, is now celebrating after swift action saw it turn its fortunes around.

The residential setting, which provides care for older people and younger adults living with dementia, has successfully improved its rating to good across the board.

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Hazel Roberts, deputy director of operations for the CQC in the east, said: "Following our inspection we found significant change for the good.

"We saw a person-centred culture for people using the service where staff engaged, listened and knew people well.

"People received individual one-to-one support which included activities outside of the home, for example going out to places of their choice to eat, a trip to look at boats and Christmas shopping trips.

"We found staff were attentive to people, gently supporting them while encouraging independence.

"A relative told us 'caring has gone from zero to 100'."

The inspectors found that bosses of the home had made efforts to build relationships with the local community and its schools, setting up intergenerational activities to ensure residents felt a real part of village life.

The latest inspection was held on March 7, seven months after the publication of a damning report which rated the home as inadequate overall.

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But after the home went through a change in management, its fortunes in the eyes of inspectors changed for the better.

The report read: "The new management team were responsive, effective and committed to ensuring improvements to the service were made.

"People were supported by staff who understood their responsibilities."