Council pledges to sort care home building out

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Calderdale Council has pledged to undertake repairs at Todmorden care home to ensure it meets a national watchdog standard.

Ferney Lee Services for Older People has been criticised by a health watchdog for “not providing a safe environment” for its residents.

The report by the Care Quality Commission says that this is not relating to care at the home which people, relatives and staff all told the inspectors was good, but rather issues relating to the fabric of the building, which dates back to the 1970s.

Following an inspection carried out the Care Quality Commission, Ferney Lee Services for Older People, Todmorden, run by Calderdale Council, did not meet one of the standards addressed.

CQC inspectors judged that the care environment was inadequately maintained, meaning residents at the home were “not living in safe surroundings that promoted their well being.”

Inspectors found that walls, doors, skirting boards and doorways were damaged, wallpaper was coming off the walls, some bedrooms had holes in plasterwork and “a lot” of maintenance work was required.

In all other inspection areas, Ferney Lee met CQC standards and had compassionate and caring staff.

Responding to the report, Calderdale Council’s Director of Adults, Health and Social Care, Bev Maybury, said: “Calderdale Council works very closely with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and other agencies to monitor standards in care homes and to ensure appropriate action is taken when problems are identified.

“On May 27, the CQC undertook a routine inspection of Ferney Lee. They measured how well the home was doing against five key areas. Ferney Lee met all but one of the required standards, with the report identifying some issues with the building, which opened in December 1975.

“We welcome the report findings and have put in place a schedule of repairs to rectify the areas where we fell below the standards we and CQC would normally expect.

“The report has helped us identify and prioritise some improvements, both inside and outside the home, and we are confident that we are making the necessary improvements to ensure the environment matches the quality of the care that is delivered.”