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Paul Behan

Further reviews needed to bring Ayrshire care home up to scratch, say Care Inspectorate

Areas of improvement have been noted at a previously under-fire care home in Ayrshire.

But the Care Inspectorate is asking management at Nightingale House in Auchinleck, to undertake further reviews of aspects of its care.

Last summer Nightingale House was forced to close after the Care Inspectorate applied to the courts to have their registration cancelled.

The news followed evidence of “faecal contamination” found during an inspection of the home.

The Care Inspectorate also accused the care home, on the village’s Main Street, of putting residents’ health and safety ‘at risk’- because of the living conditions at the time.

Despite the threat of having their registration ripped up, Nightingale House retained their credentials. Now it plans to re-open.

During an inspection in February the Care Inspectorate raised concerns and gave bosses until March 14 to make improvements.

They previously intimated that the aims and objectives of the service lacked “clarity” and required “to be reviewed.”

The Care Inspectorate were also concerned there was “no plan in place” to detail their preparations to welcome new residents.

The home had also undergone redecoration, but the scrutiny body was not impressed, saying the standard of décor, furniture and facilities in some rooms were of a “poor standard.”

In the wake of a fresh inspection on March 23, the scrutiny body noted several improvements- but said more work is required.

An extract from their latest report said: “The service provider presented a plan detailing their preparations to receive new admissions into the service safely. However, there was a need for the plan to be reviewed and amended to include more details.”

Infection prevention and control measures were going in the right direction.

The Care Inspectorate said: “The provider has taken action to ensure that hand washing facilities had been installed in the domestic service room, sluice, and laundry areas. This ensures that staff have better access to handwashing facilities which will protect themselves and the people they support from the risk of infection.”

They do, however, have concerns over the general quality of the refurbishment and furnishings in people’s bedrooms.

The report adds: “We saw that some easy chairs had been replaced in the sitting room. However, the chairs were not new, and some needed to be cleaned as they were stained.”

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