Conditions at a care home for the elderly are getting better but more work still needs to be done according to inspectors.

South Lodge in Ayr’s Racecourse Road scored “good” in three categories and “adequate” in two areas during an inspection in July.

A recommendation for staff training in dementia, infection control and palliative care is still to be met.

Inspectors handed the unit a list of improvement areas, which included en suites for residents. Personal plans and medication documentation must also improve.

South Lodge has 39 bedrooms and can provide long term care for 34 elderly people.

The most recent inspection saw it rated “good” on supporting people’s well being, leadership and planning of care and support. Staffing and setting were graded as “adequate”.

The South Ayrshire Council Leadership Panel was presented with the results at its latest meeting.

Councillor Julie Dettbarn said she is delighted with the improvement.

She added: “It is evident that a significant of improved activity has been conducted successfully.”

A report presented to councillors said: “The July 2019 inspection grades demonstrate the improvement that has been made in South Lodge over the last 18 months and the report reflects the hard work of the management team and care staff in driving improvement in the home.”

It added: “An action plan was developed to ensure that progress was made against each of the outstanding issues. Progress has been monitored through team meetings and the action plan is ongoing with a focus on care plans and staff training provision.”

Previously in 2018  the care home was graded “adequate” across four categories.