Report gets ahead

COUNCILLORS have given the green light to a report investigating the state of Calderdale's care homes.

It was presented to Calderdale Council's Adults, Health and Social Care Scrutiny Panel, who had called for an investigation in March 2009.

The report outlines four recommendations including further training for care staff in motivating and stimulating residents.

The final report will now go before Calderdale Council Cabinet on January 31.

Meanwhile, a care home boss says admission arrangements should soon be back to normal following improvements.

Lee Mount Residential Home, at Lee Mount, Halifax, is one of two where the council is limiting admissions. It has put a total block on paying for beds at two other homes because they fail to comply with modern care standards.

The manager of Lee Mount, Mahjabeen Bono, said a huge effort was being put in to meeting Calderdale Council's requirements.

The council is paying for one person to take up residence each week at the 25-bed home and is expected to remove the restriction soon.