Care home still causes concern
A CARE home which was brought under the control of Bucks County Council (BCC) after being placed in special measures still requires improvement.
Seeleys House Short Breaks Centre was previously known as Seeleys House Respite Centre until it was brought under county council management following a damning Care Quality Commission (CQC) report.
Inspectors ‘had concerns’ over the Beaconsfield-based home’s previous provider, so earlier this year a decision was made for BCC to manage the service full time, but following an inspection carried out in May, the healthcare watchdog found a host of issues with the service, includ- ing not having a registered manager, a risk of Legionella for residents, no training for diabetic patients and a lack of protection for peoples’ human rights.
Seeleys House, which is a care home for adults with learning or physical disabilities and provides respite care, was judged to ‘require improvement’ overall.
It fell down in all five inspection categories, having been judged to not always be safe, effective, caring or responsive, and was ruled inadequate under the ‘well-led’ category.
The report reads: “The provider had not ensured the building was safe to be used as routine maintenance was not carried out.
“No Legionella risk assessment was on site to review and no water sampling had been undertaken. Water tem- peratures recorded highlighted there was a growth risk of Legionella. However, no remedial action had been taken.”
It adds: “Other people were at risk of choking but the risk assessment did not provide a detailed management plan to ensure staff were consistent in managing that risk.”
BCC’s executive director for communities, health and adult social care Sheila Norris said: “We are pleased the CQC has recognised the improvements that we have put in place and that we have seen this reflected in the better rating for the centre.
“That said, we are clearly still not where we need to be at Seeleys, which is why I am committed to delivering further improvements to ensure we provide a better standard of care as quickly as we can.”