Care home unsafe and badly managed

A CARE HOME in Dewsbury is at risk of being shut down after health watchdogs rated it as ‘inadequate’.

Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors visited Aston Manor care home on Moorlands Road in August and September this year.

The care home, which provides care for up to 32 people, had been rated inadequate following a previous visit in April and it remains in special measures.

Another inspection will take place in six months, and if there are no significant improvements then the service could be closed down.

Aston Manor was rated inadequate in four out of five areas – it was deemed to be not safe, not effective, not responsive and not well-led. 

The report also included concerns about the presence of the Legionella bacteria, breaching the Health and Social Care Act 2008.

It said: “The risk of the occurrence of Legionella bacteria in your water systems appears to be out of control. It is very likely that the Legionella bacteria will occur in your water systems.”

A risk assessment had been completed by an external contractor in July but results showed that no action had been taken to resolve the issues.

The scathing report went on to state that residents’ social interaction with staff was limited and there were still gaps in staff training.

There was a significant lack of risk assessment in place, and care plans did not contain enough detail.

Care plans and daily records were not always accurate and “there was still more work to do” about the way staff interacted with people. Staff had also told inspectors that they did not think the registered manager had “the skills to do the job”, with concerns again raised about governance.

Care home owners Mauricare did not respond to our request for comment.

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