Care home admissions temporarily halted due to safeguarding concerns

A care home in the Reading suburb of Tilehurst has temporarily stopped accepting new patients, after concerns were raised about standards and quality of care.
The River View Care Centre, which is run by the care operator Life Style Care Plc, was told by Reading Borough Council recently that the decision had been made to stop placing patients at the home. The council had reportedly received a number of concerns about residents’ safety in just a short period of time, and these concerns have now been reported to the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
The CQC, which gave the home a clean bill of health on its last visit in September 2012, now plans to visit the home to carry out an inspection. The River View Care Centre, which cares for up to 137 people, will have to act on its recommendations before new patients can be placed there again.
Life Style Care’s chief operating officer, Paul Ware, confirmed that the home is making improvements to its standards already, with a particular focus on care training. He said:

“We took action in response to the safeguarding review which was carried out in the last few weeks.
“We have carried out our own review and put together an action plan that focuses on training and supervision.”