Care home at cen­tre of po­lice in­quiry into death is closed

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AFAILING care home at the cen­tre of a po­lice probe fol­low­ing the death of a res­i­dent has closed.

Nada Res­i­den­tial and Nurs­ing Home in Cheetham Hill was put into spe­cial mea­sures in De­cem­ber last year af­ter be­ing judged to be ‘in­ad­e­quate’.

Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion ( CQC) in­spec­tors vis­ited again in June and said im­prove­ments had not been made.

Fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of a sec­ond in­spec­tion re­port ear­lier this month, CQC bosses said they would shut the home if dras­tic changes were not made.

But the owner has de­cided to close it vol­un­tar­ily.

A po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched in May af­ter a vul­ner­a­ble res­i­dent left the home be­fore be­ing run over and killed.

The 70-year-old was the sub­ject of a safe- guard­ing or­der and should not have been al­lowed to leave the premises alone.

He was hit by a lorry 350 yards from the home, on Cheetham Hill Road near the junc­tion with Green­hill Road, on Fe­bru­ary 21.

A GMP spokes­woman said en­quiries into the in­ci­dent are on­go­ing.

In the first CQC re­port, in­spec­tors said res­i­dents smoked in­doors de­spite a ban. Some res­i­dents were con­cerned about cash and bank cards be­ing stolen, the re­port added.

The watch­dog said the home was still fail­ing in a re­port pub­lished ear­lier this month. It was judged to be ‘in­ad­e­quate’ in the ‘safety’, ‘re­spon­sive­ness’, ‘wellled’ and ‘ef­fec­tive­ness’ cat­e­gories.

In­spec­tors raised con­cerns about fire safety, medicine man­age­ment and staff train­ing and su­per­vi­sion.

They also said there was a lack of ac­tiv­i­ties for res­i­dents.

Deb­bie West­head, the CQC’s deputy chief in­spec­tor of adult so­cial care in the north, said im­prove­ments to the build­ing had not been made be­tween in­spec­tions – and that the home was ‘tired and in need of re­fur­bish­ment’.

Con­cerns over fire safety checks and records had not been ad­dressed, she added.

Reg­is­tered man­ager Pierre Gre­nade has now told the Guardian he has closed the home vol­un­tar­ily.

He added: “Af­ter the man died the CQC pre­vented me from hav­ing any new res­i­dents.

“I spent nearly £5,000 on locks and a new se­cu­rity sys­tem so res­i­dents had to press a de­vice to get out of the build­ing. But as I was con­tin­u­ing to pay staff I had no new res­i­dents com­ing in.

“It was im­pos­si­ble. I can’t con­tinue with no money.

“I have run the home for 30 years. I think the re­port by the CQC is very un­fair. But their in­spec­tor has de­cided he does not think I can run it ef­fec­tively.”

Wheel­chairs out­side Nada care home in Cheetham Hill

In­spec­tors said the home was ‘in need of re­fur­bish­ment’

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