Council to monitor care homes

Council chiefs say they have not suspended admissions to care homes criticised in recent reports by the industry watchdog.

As reported in last week’s Courier, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) had slammed the standard of care at four homes in Calderdale after inspections.

The CQC took enforcement action against Millreed Lodge in Walsden and St Winifred’s Nursing Home in Rastrick and ruled action was needed at Clover House, Savile Road, Halifax and Lee Mount Residential Home in Halifax.

This week council bosses said admissions have not been suspended at Millreed, St Winifred’s and Clover House. A suspension made at Lee Mount in June 2012 remains in place.

Calderdale Council’s director of adults, health and social care, Bev Maybury, said: “Calderdale Council has been working with the care homes and monitoring their progress carefully. The council works very closely with the Care Quality Commission and other agencies to monitor standards in care homes and to ensure appropriate action is taken when problems are identified. For example, new admissions might be suspended until improvements have been made. When the council or Care Quality Commission identify issues, we expect homes to act promptly to address them and we do follow up to ensure actions are completed. The Care Quality Commission is responsible for making sure care homes meet national standards.”