Care home still causes con­cern

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by TOM HER­BERT tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

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.”

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