Dumbarton care home falls short of Care Inspectorate standards

A care home in the Dunbartonshire town of Dumbarton has been criticised by the Care Inspectorate after a recent inspection revealed a number of worrying problems.
The council-run Willox Park home was subjected to a spot check by Care Inspectorate officers in September 2011, at which time it was graded as ‘weak’ in its quality of care and support, and for its environment.
Although general cleanliness levels were deemed to be satisfactory, inspectors nonetheless found leaking showers, mould on some bedroom walls and peeling plaster. There were also problems with emptying waste bins, as well as issues with staffing levels and care training for workers.
Additionally, inspectors weren’t entirely satisfied that the residents were receiving enough one-to-one care, or that the activities programme at the home was up to scratch. The report stated:

“We saw that residents were sitting for long periods of time without being engaged in meaningful activity that promoted physical and mental stimulation.”

The council will now need to address the issues raised in the report about Willox Park as soon as possible, or further action could be taken by the Care Inspectorate.