Residents were put at “unnecessary risk” during care home building work

28 Aug 2019

Residents were put under “unnecessary risk of harm” during building work at a Leeds care home, the Care Quality Commission has found.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) monitor, inspect and regulate services in hospitals, GP surgeries and care homes to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety.  The CQC publishes its findings, including performance ratings to help people choose care.

The comments were made by the CQC following an inspection of Valorum Care’s Oakhaven Care Home in May 2019, which rated the service ‘requires improvement’.

Rooms containing tools, equipment and hazardous substances had been left unlocked and unsupervised, the CQC said.  Areas of the home were also found to be unclean with the provider failing to always good practice in the prevention and control of infection.

The CQC said Valorum Care had responded immediately after the inspection and had confirmed action had been taken to prevent the risk of harm to people.

A Valorum Care spokesperson told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The inspection found our service to be caring and responsive, but we accept there were also issues that needed resolving.  We are taking measures to address these issues, as we always place the well-being and health and safety of our residents at the forefront of everything we do.

“Unfortunately, the inspection did take place at a time when we were carrying out a full refurbishment of the building and most of these improvements have now been completed.  We are working in partnership with Leeds City Council and are confident our service will meet the required standards”.

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