Two Calerdale care homes blacklisted over falling standards

Two care homes in Calderdale have been blacklisted by the local council after they failed to comply with contractual obligations and current care standards.

The facilities Lands House in Rastrick and Woodfield Grange in Greetland have been removed from the Calderdale Council list of approved care homes after a report found that they and a number of homes in the region were not meeting standards.

The council’s health and social care panel is preparing to publish a new report on the standard of care homes in the region, after a number of complaints prompted an investigation into the issue in March 2009. At that time, the council revealed that four homes had received a zero star rating from the commission for Social Care, the body which is now called the Care Quality Commission.

After a two-year, in-depth look at the care system in Calderdale, the council’s panel has come up with four recommendations. These include a need to:

– Implement more care training for staff
– Introduce more activities for residents in care homes
– Improve efficiency and smart working in care homes
– Take a more robust approach to safeguarding

Speaking of the pending report, panel Chairwoman Ruth Goldthorpe said:

“Residents in care homes are among our most vulnerable citizens and this major piece of work has taken an in-depth look into ways that standards could be improved in homes across Calderdale.”