Further reviews are needed to upgrade Ayrshire’s home care, says Care Inspectorate

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

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

Last summer Nightingale House was forced to close after the Care Inspectorate asked the courts to annul their registration.

The news follows evidence of “faecal contamination” discovered during a home inspection.

The Care Inspectorate also accused the care home, located on the village’s main street, of putting residents’ health and safety ‘at risk’ – due to living conditions at the time.

Despite the threat of having their recording torn up, Nightingale House kept his credentials. Now he plans to reopen.

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

They have previously suggested that the goals and objectives of the service lack “clarity” and need “review”.

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The Care Inspectorate were also concerned that there were ‘no plans in place’ to detail their preparations to welcome new residents.

The house had also undergone redecoration, but the review body was unimpressed, saying the standard of decor, furnishings and fittings in some rooms were of a “poor standard”.

Following a further inspection on March 23, the regulator noted several improvements, but said more work was needed.

An excerpt from their latest report said: “The service provider has presented a plan detailing its preparations to receive new admissions to the service safely. However, the plan needed to be reviewed and modified to include more detail.

Infection prevention and control measures are moving in the right direction.

The Care Inspectorate said: ‘The supplier took steps to ensure that hand washing facilities had been installed in the domestic service room, lock and laundry. This ensures staff have better access to handwashing facilities that will protect themselves and the people they support from the risk of infection.

However, they are concerned about the general quality of the renovation and furnishing of the rooms.

The report adds: “We saw that some chairs had been replaced in the living room. However the chairs were not new and some needed cleaning as they were stained.

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