Closing Bristol care home slams “ridiculous” bureaucracy

A Bristol care home owner says she has been forced to close because of “ridiculous” bureaucracy and lack of support.

Elizabeth Laycock, manager of Bradley House in Shirehampton, told the Bristol Post she had become tired of having to meet the rules of the Care Quality Commission.

Bradley House has been inspected five times in the last three years, and each time was praised for the way it looks after its residents said how happy they were. But the home has been marked down for what Ms Laycock said were “silly little things”.

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Ms Laycock said an inspection  in March 2015 criticised the home for a number of minor details – including inspectors spotting a garden hose lying across a path – even though it was March and still too cold for residents to go outside. It was given a rating of “caring, but requires improvement”.

The home is set to close next month having been put up for auction.

 

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