Aberdeen care home due to close after highly critical report
Posted: November 16, 2013
Posted in: Medical Negligence
After Beach Court — a care home for the elderly operated by Four Seasons Healthcare — was given a one-week window to turn their practices around; a report has found that the conditions have not changed. The Care Inspectorate warned the care home that great improvements had to be made in order for them to remain registered, which they have failed to comply with. The Aberdeen care home is due to close very soon, with conditions there being far below expected healthcare standards.
The inspection that was recently carried out uncovered worrying findings. Initial problems were recognised in staffing, with staff morale being very low, to the extent that many staff members were not alert to potential risks. The inspection also found that many residents were injured and bruised, with the causes being unexplained. The Care Inspectorate stated that residents were being physically and verbally abused by other residents, while some were also experiencing thefts and being inappropriately restrained by staff. It was also noted that some residents would leave the home unattended through fire escapes.
Trouble with recruiting qualified staff
A statement made by Four Seasons Healthcare said that they would close the home because it did not cover the costs of its care services. They also claimed that there had been difficulty with recruiting and retaining qualified staff.
A spokesperson for Four Seasons Healthcare said: “The home will continue to provide care while we allow plenty of time for the most appropriate arrangements to be made for all residents.”
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