Heckmondwike care home standards failure

A specialist Alzheimer’s care home is failing to meet seven essential standards of care, according to a government health watchdog.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found Kirklees Council-run Claremont House, in Heckmondwike, is not meeting national standards relating to consent to care, residents’ care and welfare, safeguarding residents from abuse, cleanliness and infection control, staffing levels, monitoring quality of service and keeping records.

The CQC, which reported its findings yesterday, said unannounced inspections took place in February and March.

It says it ordered the care provider to set out action it will take to meet the standards by May 29 – and further inspections will take place to enure the action is taken.

Sue Richards, assistant director for adult social care, said all required changes would be made, and the home had taken a positive approach to the points made by the inspectors.

She said: “While we have fallen short of our usual high standards we are determined to do all that is needed to ensure people get the care and support they need and deserve.

“We are working closely with the Care Quality Commission to ensure we reach and go beyond the goals set.

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