Failing care home branded ‘inadequate’

A nursing home has been told it must make “urgent improvements” to avoid being closed down.

Sunday, 14th June 2015, 9:22 am
Park View Nursing Home, Lee Mount.

An inspection of Park View Nursing Home by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found that the safety and dignity of residents was “compromised”, allegations of abuse against residents not dealt with, and caring was rated as “inadequate”.

The home, which is based on Lee Mount Road in Halifax, and currently accommodates 32 elderly people, has been put into special measures and warned that unless “significant improvements” are made before the next inspection within six months’ time, it may be forced to shut.

A damning report emerging from the CQC’s nine day visit to the home in April also said: “Although people told us they felt safe we found people’s safety was compromised.

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“People were not kept safe from harm as staff had not received up to date training in safeguarding and allegations of abuse were not always recognised or reported. Poor infection control practices meant that people were not protected from the spread of infection.

“People spoke positively about the staff who they felt were kind and caring. Yet we saw practices that showed a lack of respect for people and compromised their dignity.”

Park View was censured by the CQC in November last year over six breaches in regulations relating to issues including recruitment, staff training and the way medicines were administered to residents.

The CQC’s deputy chief inspector of adult social care in the North, Debbie Westhead, said: “It is essential that Park View Nursing Home Limited takes action to address the concerns we identified at this inspection. The provider has a responsibility to ensure that people are safe and protected from the risk of harm.”

The home declined to comment.