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Out of a Care Home on Stretchers

Out of a Care Home on Stretchers

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Several residents of Southfields Care Home, Brackley, Northamptonshire have been taken into hospital after the care and nursing home was forced to close for failing to provide decent care.

The home stayed open for nine months after failing to meet 7 in 10 essential standards. It has been under a regime of random checks for the past six months because of ongoing concerns about safety and quality of care in the home. It had failed to meet key standards over six years, records from the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) show.

Yet Southfields Care Home was permitted to carry on operating because inspectors have little power to enforce recommendations other than by shutting the home down.

Relatives are reported to be furious that they were not informed sooner that the home was failing on seven out of ten standards set by CSCI. It rated the home as poor and had given it no stars out of a possible three for the quality of care provision, making it one of the worst in the country.

CSCI inspectors made a surprise visit to the home last week. They were so concerned about the safety of residents and quality of care they took out a court order to withdraw its registration, forcing the home to close immediately.

Two residents were taken into hospital on Friday. A further six residents were taken into hospital on Monday after interim staff assessed them as needing immediate medical attention. Five were so ill they reportedly had to be taken out of the home on stretchers. Sadly, two former residents have died and another is critically ill.

Gordon Lishman, Director General for Age Concern England, said: “This case shows that checks on care homes need to be made more effective if neglect of residents is to be prevented. It is not justifiable that a home as having “almost met” a standard, because it is not acceptable to “almost” care for vulnerable adults. Nor is inspecting a home rated as “poor” once per year often enough to pick up changes that could affect resident’s safety and the quality of care, but funding cut-backs have led to fall in the overall number of inspections carried out.; Source: AgeConcern

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