‘Dirty, smelly’ Essex care home to close

Ashley House

Ashley House care home in Chelmsford is to close after being rated Inadequate by the CQC, according to a press report.

The home, which provides accommodation and personal care for up to 22 elderly people, was rated Inadequate in all five categories by the CQC last month.

Ashley House had been placed in Special Measures after inspectors found a number of breaches of the Health and Social Care Act.

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Inspectors found that staff had not been trained in dementia risks, including providing support to people suffering with dysphagia.

The CQC added that the registered manager had not carried out infection control audits to ensure the home was kept clean and free from odours.

Bodily fluids were found on a shower curtain and other areas of the home were dirty with carpets stained and having strong odours.

A family member who was moving their resident to another home said: “It stinks and it’s dirty, and I can’t leave them here any longer.”

People also told inspectors that areas of the home, including bathrooms, were cold.

The heating system of the home was not working correctly on the day of the inspection although this was fixed by the registered manager after being notified.

To read the full report click here.

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