Care home is threatened with closure

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A care home for elderly people with dementia has been threatened with closure after inspectors found it to be unsafe and shortstaffed.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated Bankfield Manor Care Home in Boothtown as “inadequate” and placed it in to special measures after a string of failings were found.

Six breaches of Health and Social Care Act regulations were found at the home, on Boothtown Road, Halifax, after two unannounced visits in September.

Improvements had not been made after safety breaches were found during a previous inspection in January. In the latest inspection, not enough staff were on duty and parts of the home were visibly unclean.

Debbie Westhead, the CQC’s deputy chief inspector of adult social care in the North, said: “We found that the care provided at Bankfield Manor Care Home fell a long way short of what we expect services to provide. It is unacceptable that the provider has failed to address many of the concerns identified at the previous inspection.

“People are entitled to services which provide safe, effective, compassionate and high quality care and we have told the provider that they must take action as a priority.”

The CQC said the 25-bed home was being monitored to make sure residents were safe.

There were 10 people living there after the provider agreed to suspend new admissions until improvements had been made.

The inspection report rated Bankfield Manor as “inadequate” for being safe and well-led, and “requires improvement” for being effective, caring and responsive

The report said: “The service was not well led. The office was disorganised and chaotic. Records were difficult to find or could not be produced.”