Care home closes after standards slip

PUBLISHED: 15:33 28 June 2007 | UPDATED: 22:54 28 May 2010

One of the residents who is being forced to move out

One of the residents who is being forced to move out

DISTRAUGHT residents have been forced to move out of a care home after inspectors deemed it did not meet required standards. Cathryn Wheel house in Manea closes on Friday, just days after staff and residents were told of the decision. New owner Glenda Hun

DISTRAUGHT residents have been forced to move out of a care home after inspectors deemed it did not meet required standards.

Cathryn Wheel house in Manea closes on Friday, just days after staff and residents were told of the decision.

New owner Glenda Hunt, is appealing against the closure. She said: "Every single resident wanted to stay, the whole thing is terribly upsetting."

Ms Hunt and her recently appointed manager have pledged to make all the necessary changes to get the home re-opened.

She bought the home before being granted the registration - it was still held by previous owners Tracy and Gary Jepson.

Ms Hunt believed she had bought a viable business and had plans to improve the home which is registered for 11 residents. However, recent inspections by the Commission for Social Care inspection (CSCI), revealed a catalogue of concerns. There have been breaches of regulation in many areas including the recording and safe administration of medicines, care plans and meeting the health and welfare needs of residents.

A spokesman for CSCI said: "The commission has serious concerns about the standards of care provided at Cathryn Wheel house.

"The owners have constantly failed to make the required improvements to standards at the home. CSCI could not allow this to continue."

CSCI issued a notice of decision to cancel the registration of the providers for the home.

Sylvia Metcalfe, who has just been appointed manager, said: "It is appalling, we have had residents who have been here for years having to move out. They have been very, very distressed and it is such shame.

"I have a list of all the things that need doing and we want to work with the inspectors to make sure they are done. I really think we can turn this around.

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