Recruitment blamed for Workington nursing home closure
Last updated at 12:04, Friday, 04 October 2013
A Workington nursing home will close because it cannot recruit enough staff.
It means 29 residents at Branthwaite Care Home will have to find new homes.
The owner of the home this week said it would shut in the coming weeks after the number of nurses employed there had reached critical levels.
Executive Care blamed problems recruiting and retaining staff.
It formally terminated its contracts with the county council and NHS on Tuesday.
A company spokesman said the Branthwaite Road home needed about 13 nurses, but now only had three on staff.
It has been forced to bring in nurses from its North East homes and agency to make up the numbers, which is affecting the care of residents.
Most residents have dementia and some have challenging behaviour.
The spokesman said: “We can’t be confident we can safely look after the residents. We are not getting the continuity of care that dementia patients really need. They need familiar faces.
“It’s always been quite difficult attracting and retaining staff. It’s quite close to Workington but it’s quite isolated. Public transport is not great.”
A joint statement from Executive Care, the council and the NHS’s clinical commissioning group said: “There have been a number of long term and more recent issues that Executive Care has been unable to resolve.”
Last year a visit by inspectors from the Care Quality Commission highlighted failures at the home.
An unannounced visit in November revealed a turnaround.
Inspectors then said that agency nurses had been employed until full-time staff could be found.
The company spokesman said the closure had nothing to do with the previous failure and bosses thought the home had turned a corner thanks to the latest commission report.
He added: “It reassured everybody that we were doing things right and residents and families.”
He said a council freeze on admissions to the home had no bearing on the decision to close.
The home has about 70 staff, who were told about the closure last Friday.
A 30-day consultation has started with them and some could be moved to the company’s Carlisle home. Residents and their families were told over the weekend.
Each resident will be allocated a social worker to manage their transfer.
The spokesman said it was too early to say what would happen to the care home site and the former Westlands Hotel site next door.
First published at 12:02, Friday, 04 October 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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