Sunday, September 25, 2016

Dementia Patients In Troubled Nursing Home To Be Displaced After Reports Of Mistreatment Force Facility Shutdown

In Middleton, Rochdale, United Kingdom, the Manchester Evening News reports:
  • Staff and families of residents at an under-fire nursing home hit with a string of abuse and neglect allegations say they have been told it will close at the end of the month, the [Manchester Evening News] can reveal.

    Ashbourne House Nursing Home in Middleton, Rochdale, is at the centre of a ‘dementia doll’ row - and has faced calls to shut following a series of claims about residents being mistreated.

    A number of sources have told the M.E.N. they have been told by a manager at the home it will close on September 30.

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has taken enforcement action, which the home has 28 days to appeal against, but the body would not confirm the measures.

    It is understood a ‘troubleshooting’ manager sent in as a ‘last resort’ to turn the home around has told staff and families it will shut following a damning CQC inspection.

    In June, the health watchdog said Ashbourne House could face closure within six months if drastic changes were not made.

    Inspectors branded the home ‘inadequate’ and put it into special measures.

    The report - which outlined a string of health and safety regulation breaches - said residents’ ‘health and welfare’ had put people at risk and care was ‘not delivered in a thorough and dignified way’.

    Many of the inspectors’ findings corroborated the claims of whistleblowers who approached our reporters earlier this year in the wake of the M.E.N’s investigation into alleged mistreatment of dementia patients through ‘torture’ of their comfort dolls.
    Residents requiring nursing services are already in the process of leaving - or have already found alternative accommodation. The council will rehome anyone under its contract and any private residents will also be assisted.
For more, see Nursing home hit with string of abuse and neglect allegations 'set to close at end of the month' (Ashbourne House in Middleton has faced calls to shut following a series of claims about residents being mistreated).

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