Cloud hangs over care home as staff con­duct probe con­tin­ues

The Oban Times - - News - EMMA CRICH­TON ecrich­ton@oban­

House while an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was un­der­way and new care staff were re­cruited.

But a fam­ily friend of Mack­in­tosh res­i­dents, who fought to have the five pen­sion­ers re­turned to their home for the last year but asked not to be named, said there is ‘still a cloud’ over the care home as a re­sult of these on­go­ing is­sues.

He said: ‘I can un­der­stand why they can’t per­ma­nently re­place staff while en­quiries are on­go­ing be­cause that would break em­ploy­ment law. What I don’t un­der­stand is why the en­quiries still aren’t fin­ished af­ter all this time. It’s shock­ing that this still isn’t fin­ished. A dis­ci­plinary shouldn’t take this long, they can be dealt with in a mat­ter of days.

‘ While it’s re­ally good that the home is fi­nally open again and ev­ery­one seems re­ally happy with it, there’s still a cloud hang­ing over the Mack and it will stay un­til this is­sue is re­solved.’

But Ms Hodges, who has been the in­terim man­ager since mid-July, said the care home con­tin­ues to im­prove: ‘It re­ally does feel like the Mack­in­tosh Cen­tre is start­ing afresh. We im­proved the level of staffing, train­ing and fu­ture plan­ning be­fore the home re- opened and our staff have been work­ing above and be­yond the call of duty. We are also work­ing hard at de­vel­op­ing the ‘ My Home Life’ ini­tia­tive, which im­proves the way peo­ple are sup­ported in a care home set­ting. My Home Life is an ev­i­dence-based ap­proach to sup­port­ing and en­abling care home man­agers to cre­ate homely en­vi­ron­ments in care homes.’

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