By Greg Dawson
Lyndhurst Residential Home has been rated inadequate after a recent inspection, putting the facility at threat of closure.
Health watchdogs, the Care Quality Commission, found several failures in the operation of the home after conducting an unannounced inspection in October.
The care home at Oxford road in Dewsbury has dipped in and out of special measures for several years and the last inspection is “the sixth consecutive inspection the home has failed to achieve an overall rating of good.”
The report by CQC said “The service was not well-led. There was a lack of robust and effective leadership. Systems of governance were weak and ineffective” although that staff were reported to be caring and helpful.
Some of the issues recognised in the report are as follows:
- A bedroom which smelt strongly of urine
- The kitchen’s walls are dirty and the cooker is coated in grease
- The lock on the cellar door was broken, placing residents at risk of falling down the cellar stairs
- New shower rooms that were cold and lacked a heating system
- Medicines kept in the cellar were accessible to all staff and residents as they were kept unlocked.
- A sofa in the communal area was visibly soiled
The home is now in special measures and will remain this way until it improves to at least a ‘Good’ rating.