Oxfordshire home taken out of Special Measures

Stowford House care home in Shippon, Oxfordshire has been taken out of Special Measures after inspectors found “considerable improvements” at the service.

The home, which provides nursing and residential care for up to 51 older people, some of whom may be living with dementia, was rated Requires Improvement following an inspection in May.

The service, which is run by St Cloud Care in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council, had been in Special Measures following a previous inspection in December 2016, which found seven breaches of the Health and Social Care Act.

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Following its latest inspection, the CQC said: “At this inspection we found considerable improvements in the service.

“We could see that action had been taken to improve people’s safety but further improvements were needed in some areas.”

The CQC said staffing numbers had been increased at the home to ensure people’s needs were met.

Staff had been recruited safely and properly trained to ensure they were able to work with vulnerable people. The CQC added that risks to people safety were appropriately assessed and managed.

St Cloud Care’s Managing Director Arnon Rubinstein told the Oxford Mail: “The report indicates all the hard work done and the great teamwork achieved at the home, of which we are very proud.”

Arnon said he was grateful to the council’s adult social care team for its support and guidance, which he credited for contributing to the improvements.

Lawrie Stratford, the council’s cabinet member for adult social care, added: “The council has played its part – however the real credit must go to the care providers themselves who have made such improvements. I congratulate them and hope to see further improvements in coming weeks and months.”

To read the latest report, click here.

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