‘Very poor’ care home remains in special measures

Debbie Westhead, CQC’s Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care in the North

Ashlands care home in Leeds remains in special measures after again being rated ‘inadequate’ by the Care Quality Commission.

In their most recent inspection in July and August, inspectors found that the care provided by Roche Healthcare Limited was neither safe, effective, caring, responsive nor well led.

Debbie Westhead, deputy chief inspector for adult social care in the North (pictured), said: “The care provided at Ashlands was of a very poor standard. Following an inspection in September 2015, the home was rated as inadequate and placed in special measures. I had hoped to be able to report some improvement, what had improved was limited so to find continued breaches is unacceptable.”

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Inspectors found that staff had not received appropriate fire training and were not aware of personal evacuation plans for residents.

Gaps in care plans were found which could lead to people’s needs being missed or overlooked. Risk assessments were not always in place and staff did not take appropriate action to reduce risks as identified.

Following their previous inadequate rating, inspectors found some improvements had been made in respect of privacy and dignity, however, they found a number of continued breaches in safe care and treatment, staffing, person-centred care, meeting nutritional needs and good governance. Breaches were also found relating to premises and equipment

To read the full report, click here.

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