Two care homes in Calderdale have been blacklisted by the local council after they failed to comply with contract obligations and current care standards.
The facilities â€“ Lands House in Rastrick and Woodfield Grange in Greetland â€“ have been removed from the Calderdale Council list of approved care homes, after a report found that they and a number of homes in the region were not meeting standards.
The councilâ€™s health and social care panel is preparing to publish a new report on the standard of care homes in the region, after a number of complaints prompted an investigation into the issue in March 2009. At that time, the council revealed that four homes had received a zero star rating from the commission for Social Care, the body which is now called the Care Quality Commission.
After a two year, in-depth look at the care system in Calderdale, the councilâ€™s panel has come up with four recommendations. These include a need to:
â€¢ Implement more care training for staff
â€¢ Introduce more activities for residents in care homes
â€¢ Improve efficiency and â€˜smart workingâ€™ in care homes
â€¢ Take a more robust approach to safeguarding
Speaking of the pending report, panel Chairwoman Ruth Goldthorpe said:
“Residents in care homes are among our most vulnerable citizens and this major piece of work has taken an in-depth look into ways that standards could be improved in homes across Calderdale.”