Surrey care home blames closure on Brexit

A Surrey nursing home, which was recently rated Inadequate by the CQC, has said it has being forced to close because of staffing problems worsened by Brexit.

Chaldon Nursing Care Home in Merstham has closed its doors just two weeks after being rated Inadequate by the CQC.

Owner Danny Shamtally told the Dorking and Leatherhead Advertisor that he had struggled to maintain standards of care in the last three years due to staffing problems which had been “compounded by Brexit”.

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Mr Shamtally said: “Recruiting and keeping good staff and increasingly relying on agency staff, whilst struggling to get appropriate local authority fees to cover the increasing costs, has been a hard balancing act over the last three years, and so the home has struggled to maintain the standards of care.

“Sadly, Chaldon Rise closed its doors last Friday having worked closely with the Surrey social care team and other statutory bodies to rehouse all the residents, whilst making sure they were properly supported and assessed for the right home.

“We have voluntarily applied to de-register the home with the CQC.”

In its latest inspection, the CQC rated Chaldon Rise Inadequate for being Safe, Responsive and Well-led.

The CQC commented: “There were not always enough staff deployed in the service to provide safe care to people. There was not enough information to guide staff in how to reduce the risks to people. Incidents and accidents were not always followed up and actions were not always put in place to reduce the risk of incidents.”

Inspectors said some staff were not “competent, skilled and experienced” and there was a risk that they were not able to support people with special needs.

To read the report, click here.

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