Care home de­scribed as ‘ weak’ Union hits back over blame

Ayrshire Post - - NEWS - Stu­art Wil­son

An un­der- threat care home has had its per for­mance branded “weak” – for the sec­ond time in a year.

Watch­dogs slammed South Lodge in a hard hit­ting probe, which high­lighted a string of fail­ures at the base.

Stan­dards of care, en­vi­ron­ment, staffing and man­age­ment all came in for crit­i­cism.

It fol­lows a coun­cil re­view into the fu­ture of its home in Ayr’s Race­course Road.

A team from the Care In­spec­torate raised con­cerns over “gaps in staff knowl­edge and best prac­tice”.

And they in­sisted there was “po­ten­tial to com­pro­mise the wel­fare, rights, and pri­vacy of res­i­dents”.

The re­port added: “Ob­ser­va­tion of some mov­ing and han­dling prac­tice had iden­ti­fied where prac­tices had po­ten­tial to in­crease risk of harm to res­i­dents.

“A l t h o u g h t h i s h a d p r e v i o u s l y been high­lighted to man­age­ment, ap­pro­pri­ate train­ing had not been pro­vided for staff to pro­mote safer prac­tice.”

The In­spec­torate had crit­i­cised a num­ber of “in­con­sis­ten­cies” dur­ing an ear­lier visit to the home last Au­gust.

And of­fi­cials were equally as damn­ing dur­ing the lat­est unan­nounced visit in July.

Now coun­cil­lors have warned the home is on a last warn­ing to get its act to­gether.

At a meet­ing of the lead­er­ship panel, the SNP’s Julie Det­tbarn said: “This re­port makes very dif­fi­cult read­ing for all of us.”

And Labour’s Brian McGin­ley said: “I’m very con­cerned be­cause we’re talk­ing about peo­ple’s qual­ity of life here.

“And in truth, this sit­u­a­tion has been on the slide since 2014.”

Coun­cil care chief, Kenny Le­in­ster, ad­mit­ted prob­lems in re­cruit­ment had piled pres­sure on the al­ready strained home staff.

He re­vealed: “As an ex­am­ple, it took five at­tempts to fill the deputy man­ager po­si­tion.”

Coun­cil leader Dou­glas Camp­bell said: “There is an obli­ga­tion on us to have the cor­rect sys­tems in place.

“For us to say we couldn’t em­ploy a man­ager doesn’t ring very well with us.”

As part of an ac­tion plan for im­prove­ment, the care home is now to be mon­i­tored ev­ery four weeks.

I t f o l l ows t h e ap­point­ment of six tem­po­rary staff to try and boost num­bers at the ail­ing base.

But union of­fi­cials in­sist em­ploy­ees are be­ing made scape­goats in the row.

The GMB’s Paul Ark­i­son said: “South Lodge is a prime ex­am­ple of a coun­cil ser­vice that has been starved of in­vest­ment for years.

“GMB Trade Union mem­bers are cur­rently work­ing here in the most aw­ful of cir­cum­stances.

“Ev­ery­one knows that the coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing clo­sure of South Lodge yet our mem­bers are still pro­vid­ing a much val­ued ser­vice to the res­i­dents who are at South Lodge, de­spite the threat of job losses.

“Lo­cal politi­cians need to get their pri­or­i­ties sorted and rather than spend­ing money on pri v a te com­pa­nies and ex­pen­sive con­sul­tants they need to start look­ing after lo­cal ser­vices.

“Many coun­cil­lors sup­ported the re­ten­tion of South Lodge when they were in op­po­si­tion and now that they are in power, we will ex­pect the same sup­port.”

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