Care home told it must improve or face closure

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A care home has been threatened with closure after failing to make improvements ordered by government inspectors.

Morley Manor Residential Home has been rated “inadequate” by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and placed in special measures by the watchdog.

Standards at the Brunswick Street home, which looks after up to 31 people with dementia, had deteriorated since its last inspection in May 2016.

At the time it was labelled “requires improvement” over breaches of care regulations.

The CQC’s latest report said: “At this inspection we found the provider had not made sufficient improvements, and remained in breach of the three regulations identified at the last inspection. In addition we identified further breaches.”

After a two-day inspection in January Morley Manor was rated as requires improvement for being safe, effective and well-led and requires improvement for being caring and responsive.

Residents praised the food at Morley Manor and staff had a caring attitude towards them.

Medicines were stored safely and records of drugs being administered were up to date.

The report said: “People told us they felt safe, and that staff were present in sufficient numbers to meet people’s needs.

“We observed good staff practice throughout the inspection, and saw there was a caring approach to providing care and support to people.”

But the CQC found six breaches of Health and Social Care Act regulations during the inspection.

The report said: “We found levels of training received by staff was often low, and this impacted on their ability to provide effective care for people.”

Now the home, which is owned by W and S Red Rose Healthcare Ltd, could face a further inspection and be closed down if improvements are not made.

The report added: “If not enough improvement is made within this timeframe so that there is still a rating of inadequate for any key question or overall, we will take action in line with our enforcement procedures to begin the process of preventing the provider from operating this service.”