Lyme Green Hall Care Home, also used for respite care, has been found to be ‘Inadequate’ in every area and threatened with closure. The report makes for distressing reading and although it is evident that Cheshire East Council reported their concerns appropriately, the timescales of inspections taking place by the CQC are concerning.
The Conservatives claim to be “working closely with the management team at Lyme Green Hall and are undertaking regular checks”, but once again, as in the case of Weston Park, admissions have been suspended and some residents moved to other placements.
When the Conservatives closed down the well-respected council respite and intermediate care facilities at Hollins View in Macclesfield and Lincoln House in Crewe, carers and members of the public were assured that there would be an equivalent type of care in the independent sector. The truth has proved different with ‘Inadequate’ ratings at Broughton Lodge, Weston Park and now Lyme Green Hall
Despite the Council having its own inspection team, issues are not being dealt with. If, as the Conservatives seem to claim, the Council were aware of the problems, why did it take so long to move the residents to a safe place? Why have we had to wait until a damning CQC report is published before councillors are made aware of the problems?
The CQC inspection of Lyme Green Hall found that the service was not safe, effective, caring, responsive or well led. There was an insufficient number of suitably trained and competent staff on duty. Training and supervision of staff were found to be lacking or non-existent in some cases.
Laura Jeuda, Labour Councillor for Macclesfield South Ward said, “The public need reassurance that Cheshire East Council are committed to protecting the rights of vulnerable older people. It is not good enough to have a Quality Assurance Team if it cannot ensure that people are safe. Families need to feel that their loved ones are cared for, respected and kept safe It is also unacceptable that elected members are not informed when a care home in the area they represent has been found to be Inadequate, and have to read about it in the local press. The appalling conditions that older vulnerable people have been subjected to in such establishments is absolutely disgraceful. These are Safeguarding issues and just like safeguarding children, it is everybody’s responsibility to protect adults as well, not just that of the Portfolio Holder and the Adult Social Care team. ”
Joy Bratherton, Labour Councillor for Crewe North said: ‘’When Cheshire East Council closed the Respite and Intermediate Care facilities at Hollins View in Macclesfield and Lincoln House in Crewe, carers and members of the public were assured that there would be an equivalent type of care in the independent sector. Both Hollins View and Lincoln House provided an excellent service to both respite users and also to patients discharged from hospital for a period of intermediate care. Both Hollins View and Lincoln House consistently received excellent results from CQC Inspections, staff were caring and both the people using the facility and their Carers valued the service.
Adult Social Care needs to be consistent, while we know that many residential homes provide excellent care, there are unfortunately too many that do not.’’