CQC calls time on failing nursing home

Harker Grange


A Carlisle care home has been ordered to close by the Care Quality Commission after failing to make improvements.

Inspectors made the decision after finding insufficient improvement after Harker Grange was placed in Special Measures in May last year, the News & Star reported.

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Cumbria County Council’s adult social care services and NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group are seeking alternative accommodation for the home’s residents.

Harker Grange, which houses up to 26 residents, has until 27 September to appeal the decision.

Inspectors found that the home was not providing a safe, effective, responsive, caring or well-led environment.

Issues included failing to provide proper background checks on staff – a number of whom inspectors found to have criminal records and inadequate references.

Beth Furneaux, county council cabinet member for health and care services, said: “I understand that this is a very difficult and stressful time for families who want their loved ones to be settled and cared for to the highest standards.

“The safety and wellbeing of residents is of paramount importance. Every effort has been made to support Harker Grange to achieve and sustain the delivery of high quality care. We will continue to work with all partners in this challenging period and support residents and families who wish to access alternative care.”

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