An investigation is being launched into a Stirlingshire care home after it was rated ‘weak’ in several areas by the Care Inspectorate.
The probe into Fairview Care Home, where several people died during a COVID outbreak, is being carried out by Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership.
A spokesperson for the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership said: “We can confirm that we will be carrying out an investigation into the care provided at Fairview Care Home in Bannockburn. The wellbeing of local residents is our main priority and we will be carrying out this investigation with the full cooperation of the care home provider.”
The move follows an inspection in July that rated the home, which is operated by HC-One, weak in the areas of supporting people’s wellbeing, people’s health benefits from their care and support, leadership, quality assurance and improvement, care sand support during the pandemic, and staffing arrangements.
The inspection found the home was adequate in terms of compassion, dignity and respect, people getting the most out of life, setting and high quality facilities, and good for infection control practices.
A spokesperson for the home said: “On three separate visits during the last year, Fairview was rated ‘Good’, ‘Adequate’ and ‘Good’ for the care and support we provide. We therefore regret that on the day of the Care Inspectorate’s July visit we fell short of the high standards of care we have been delivering, and which residents and their loved ones rightly expect of us.
“This was in part caused by the huge pressures we faced with many colleagues off work sick or self-isolating, coupled with exceptionally high demand for agency workers across Scotland leading to very limited supply.
“Following this Care Inspectorate grade, it is normal practice for the local Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) to open an investigation and we are working closely with them on this.
“The priority is to make sure the home is delivering the right standard of care which is what we are focused on. We have increased staffing levels and we are recruiting more activities coordinators to improve the day-to-day experience of residents. The team has improved risk assessments for each resident, and we have made changes to the home’s environment to make it as welcoming as possible.
“We are continuing to work hard to make and sustain improvements at the home, and we are keeping the HSCP and Care Inspectorate fully updated on our progress. We are pleased that the Care Inspectorate has already recognised improvements and we are confident that by the time of their next visit the home will have returned to providing the right standard of care.”