Halifax care home branded ‘one of the worst in the country’

Clover House Care Home, Halifax.
Clover House Care Home, Halifax.

Clover House in Halifax has been named among the worst care homes in the country after its latest inspection.

The residential home, based on Savile Road, is now facing the threat of enforced closure having been placed in special measures.

In their latest Care Quality Commission report, published on May 22, 2018, it was rated as inadequate in the ‘safe’, ‘effective’, ‘caring’, ‘responsive’ and ‘well-led’ categories.

The inspection took place over two days on March 12 and 13, 2018 after the CQC received concerns in relation to the provision of food, staffing and care practice.

The home provides accommodation, personal care and support for up to 39 older people who may be living with dementia or other mental health problems.

The report says there were not enough staff to safely meet the needs of people living at the home and that mealtimes were chaotic and people did not receive the nutrition and hydration they needed to maintain their health.

The report also says that people’s privacy and dignity needs were not met, inspectors witnessed unsafe and inappropriate moving and handling

manoeuvres, and alarm systems were not being used properly to alert staff to falls in people’s bedrooms.

The manager of Clover House, who did not want to be named, said: “Clover House has a very good history of compliance.

“The situation around those few days of the inspection were one-off situations and those matters have been rectified very quickly.

“Clover House is doing some very, very good work that is being recognised by the local authority and everybody else.”

Clover House is run by Castle Villas Limited, which is based in Sowerby Bridge.