'Financial abuse' alleged at care home

A FAILING care home is being investigated by Kirklees Council for alleged “financial abuse” of vulnerable residents.

An inquiry has been launched against Blossom Care Home in Ravensthorpe following allegations that three residents were the victims of financial abuse.

According to a recent report published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the home’s management failed to notify the government health watchdog about the investigation.

The report said: “Information we received from the local authority highlighted there had been allegations that three people living at the home had been financially abused.

“The local authority confirmed there was an ongoing formal enquiry in relation to these allegations.

“However, the CQC had not been notified by the registered provider about these allegations of abuse.”

The Church Street home was rated as inadequate – the lowest rating – following an inspection in November.

This came eight months after the home’s first inadequate rating.

Inspectors gave Blossom Care Home its lowest rating for safety, effectiveness, responsiveness and management.

Staff were however praised for their caring approach to residents.

The CQC found that only three of the home’s 12 residents had a personal fire evacuation plan and it had been served with an enforcement notice from West Yorkshire Fire Service.

Management also came in for criticism in the report.

Inspectors noted: “Staff had not received regular supervision or appraisals of their performance.

“Staff training was not managed and delivered effectively and regularly and regular staff meetings did not take place.”

The CQC said that residents enjoyed the food on offer, but did note that one diabetic resident was given a sugary dessert.

A spokesperson for Blossom Care Home said: “The company has appointed a consultant/agent with experience in the sector to help in addressing the issues highlighted.

“We are working closely with the regulator and all our partners and remain confident to achieve better grades in the not so distant future.

“Good care for our residents remains our priority.”

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