Watchdog orders two city care homes to improve

Fords Road Care Home. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Fords Road Care Home. Picture: Ian Georgeson

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TWO city care homes have been hit with action plans and ordered to improve – following inspections from Scotland’s social care watchdog.

Fords Road and Silverlea care homes, both operated by the council, were criticised by the Care Inspectorate following a series of probes across the Capital this year.

Silverlea Care Home. Picture:  Ian Rutherford

Silverlea Care Home. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Action plans will now be put in place to bring them up to scratch.

The edicts follow revelations that the privately-run Pentland Hill nursing home is to be shut to new admissions after being severely criticised in a separate Care Inspectorate review.

Ricky Henderson, the city’s health leader, said the action plans will address any issues that have been highlighted.

“I am comfortable that progress is being made,” he said. “We won’t be completely satisfied unless we’re marked excellent in all areas, although that’s difficult to achieve.”

Fords Road Care Home was branded “weak” in all four areas examined by the Care Inspectorate – care and support, environment, staffing and management and leadership.

Silverlea Care Home, in Muirhouse, was classed as “weak” for management and leadership, and only adequate in the other three areas.

Mr Henderson added: “In a number of cases the inspection results can reflect the standards of the building fabric. That’s one of the challenges we’ve highlighted again and again. Staffing is a challenge across the care sector, and the nature of Edinburgh’s economy means it can be difficult to attract 
people. There are different issues in each facility and they have to be tackled.

“We will work with our own staff but also the Care Inspectorate to make sure we address the points identified.”

The council’s top care home was Parkview, which was handed ratings of “good” across the board.

Inspectors found that Fords Road Care Home, which was also classed as “weak” following an inspection last year, was understaffed with a high use of agency workers used to cover staffing shortages. The home near Saughton Park, which provides accommodation to up to 36 people, was found to be in need of refurbishment. The report said: “There still needed to be substantial improvements made to many aspects of the service.”

Silverlea Care Home was found to have improved since last year, but the Care Inspectorate said more needed to be done to involve residents and their families in the running of the 35-bed facility.

Across the adult care sector, including housing support and care at home services, nine of 13 city-run facilities inspected achieved at least one rating of “good” or higher.

daniel.sanderson@edinburghnews.com