Home tak­ing good care of my hus­band

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

I would like to com­ment on the ar­ti­cle re­gard­ing Sev­ing­ton Mill Lane Care Home (‘Un­hy­gienic, Un­der­staffed And Pa­tients Are At Risk’, KE, Fe­bru­ary 2).

My hus­band has been res­i­dent there for four years and I spend time with him at least twice a week, and at no time do I feel he has been ne­glected or ‘at risk’.

There have been a few mi­nor is­sues, but th­ese have been dealt with very quickly. In fact I ac­tu­ally chose to go to Sev­ing­ton for respite fol­low­ing an op­er­a­tion last year and was very happy.

Over the past few months I have been aware of a num­ber of im­prove­ments tak­ing place and be­lieve th­ese to be on­go­ing.

The staff are hard­work­ing, ded­i­cated, have em­pa­thy and are very car­ing. All the staff are friendly and wel­com­ing and I look on them as my friends as well as my hus­band’s car­ers.

The new man­ager, Jane Yuill, al­though fairly new to Sev­ing­ton, is hard­work­ing and is de­ter­mined to turn things in the right di­rec­tion, but like any­one tak­ing on a new ven­ture, it will take time.

Re­gard­ing hygiene and in­fec­tion risks, this is a pos­si­bil­ity in any care home or hos­pi­tal. Clos­ing Sev­ing­ton would cre­ate a larger prob­lem. Where would the res­i­dents be ‘pushed out’ to? Al­ready care homes are over­crowded and there are not enough for our ag­ing pop­u­la­tion.

Some prob­a­bly wouldn’t sur­vive a move and would get very stressed and un­happy.

Sevi ng­ton has had some res­i­dents for many years, some of the staff have also been there a num­ber of years, this must mean some­thing. If peo­ple are not happy with a sit­u­a­tion they will move on.

The Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion (CQC) should not go out with a clip­board and pen and tick boxes, but be pre­pared to ac­tu­ally work in the homes they are in­spect­ing for at least two to three days be­fore pass­ing an opin­ion. Mrs P. Richard­son, Park Farm, Kingsnorth, Ash­ford park­ing in the road out­side their homes in protest. This would slow the traf­fic down. I for one would be very much in favour of start­ing an ac­tion group to wake up th­ese coun­cil­lors and get the po­lice to do the job they are paid for. Dudley Mal­lett, High Halden cir­cum­stances and noth­ing is too much bother. We are very lucky to live in Ash­ford. Mary Anne Pitt, Ash­ford

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4199229

Sev­ing­ton Mill Lane Care home

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