Local authority steps in to run care home causing concern

A local authority has stepped in to run an Aberdeen care home following concerns raised by inspectors.

Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership confirmed it has taken measures to install new nurses, carers and managers at the criticised home.

Kingsmead care home was judged to be “unsatisfactory” by the Care Inspectorate in December, which found several areas causing “significant concern”.

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One concern included residents who had lost a lot of weight and were “at risk of not having their nutritional needs met.”

A spokesman for the local authority body told the BBC: “Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership has put measures in place to deal with issues concerning the quality of care at the privately-run Kingsmead Care Home in Kingswells.

“Care Inspectorate inspectors visited the home this week and have told us that they have concerns around the services currently provided there.

“The safety and wellbeing of the home’s residents is our paramount concern. We have therefore acted swiftly to place a new team of nurses, carers and care managers into the home to provide expert care for the residents. Our partner organisations, including NHS Grampian and independent sector care providers, are assisting us in this regard.”

“This interim measure has been taken promptly. We will ensure a good standard of care and support in the home in the immediate term as we plan longer term solutions. We will keep families informed of our actions regularly. The welfare of the residents will be our primary concern throughout this process.”

Kingsmead, which was formerly run by Mead Medical Services Limited, cares for up to 55 people and also has a dedicated unit for ten adults with learning disabilities.

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