Failing Billericay care home to close

Failing Billericay care home to close

Failing Billericay care home to close

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A FAILING care home will be shut down.

Queens Park Court, in Goldington Crescent, Billericay, has had its contract terminated by Essex County Council.

Residents will now be moved elsewhere.

It comes after a poor inspection in April, which said elderly residents, many of whom have dementia, were left on their own for long periods of time.

Essex County Council has worked with the home, which has about 40 residents, since then, but said repeated failings meant it had no choice but to pull the plug.

A spokesperson said: “Essex County Council has announced it will be terminating its contract with Queens Park Court Care Home in Billericay with immediate effect on the grounds of continuing safeguarding risks.

“The safeguards team at Essex County Council has been involved with the home extensively since April, after a poor CQC inspection, and there is an Essex County Council and CQC suspension in place preventing any new placements at the home.

“Despite these interventions, due to ongoing concerns and insufficient improvement in bringing the home up to the required standards, we have now taken the decision to terminate the contract.

“Residents and relatives have been notified of the decision and we will now be working with the families to ensure transfers are made safely and as smoothly as possible, taking into consideration the needs and preferences of the individuals concerned.”

The Echo contacted staff at Rushcliffe Care Home, which runs Queens Park, but they declined to comment.

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10:16am Mon 21 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

A good venue to relocate the Felmores Bail Histel to.

Let Billericay take the strain for a while.


Or that homeless hostel that Laindon/Basildon Council don't want in Laindon....

No point in just leaving it empty after all....
A good venue to relocate the Felmores Bail Histel to. Let Billericay take the strain for a while. Or that homeless hostel that Laindon/Basildon Council don't want in Laindon.... No point in just leaving it empty after all.... Howard Cháse
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7:38pm Mon 21 Jul 14

runwellian says...

Nobody really cares about the elderly because many of them cannot speak fro themselves.

I hope all the staff get sacked!
Nobody really cares about the elderly because many of them cannot speak fro themselves. I hope all the staff get sacked! runwellian
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7:52pm Mon 21 Jul 14

rebeccaplumb93 says...

I worked in this care home through an agency if just got worser and worse while I was there I felt so sorry for the people living there
I worked in this care home through an agency if just got worser and worse while I was there I felt so sorry for the people living there rebeccaplumb93
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9:54pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

runwellian wrote:
Nobody really cares about the elderly because many of them cannot speak fro themselves.

I hope all the staff get sacked!
Wrong response. Having worked in care homes the ones that need sacking are the management for not providing enough staff.

People with dementia are extremely labour intensive because their needs are so much greater.

I worked in one hellhole of a place that had FIVE STAFF between 10pm and 7am looking after a potential 84 residents. People with dementia often have their body clocks all messed up by the disease so are often just as evident during the night hours as they are in the day.

Would you put your relative in a care home of that size that had five staff running it overnight - not counting the one in charge?

No?

Think again before criticising care home staff who are usually very caring, diligent, hard working and dedicated. They work long hours for very poor pay and this is yet another industry that uses a lot of cheap foreign labour, therefore the wages can be set at just on minimum wage.
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: Nobody really cares about the elderly because many of them cannot speak fro themselves. I hope all the staff get sacked![/p][/quote]Wrong response. Having worked in care homes the ones that need sacking are the management for not providing enough staff. People with dementia are extremely labour intensive because their needs are so much greater. I worked in one hellhole of a place that had FIVE STAFF between 10pm and 7am looking after a potential 84 residents. People with dementia often have their body clocks all messed up by the disease so are often just as evident during the night hours as they are in the day. Would you put your relative in a care home of that size that had five staff running it overnight - not counting the one in charge? No? Think again before criticising care home staff who are usually very caring, diligent, hard working and dedicated. They work long hours for very poor pay and this is yet another industry that uses a lot of cheap foreign labour, therefore the wages can be set at just on minimum wage. Kim Gandy
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9:56pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

rebeccaplumb93 wrote:
I worked in this care home through an agency if just got worser and worse while I was there I felt so sorry for the people living there
Yes and I bet it was understaffed, as I said above.

I also bet it got worse because of the attitude of management that you can work miracles with the minimum staff and resources.

When CQC inspections are made they need to focus on the penpushers at head office, not carers.
[quote][p][bold]rebeccaplumb93[/bold] wrote: I worked in this care home through an agency if just got worser and worse while I was there I felt so sorry for the people living there[/p][/quote]Yes and I bet it was understaffed, as I said above. I also bet it got worse because of the attitude of management that you can work miracles with the minimum staff and resources. When CQC inspections are made they need to focus on the penpushers at head office, not carers. Kim Gandy
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10:14pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Sophie83 says...

I think People need to leave the staff alone they work the best they can. the situations have come from the main bosses who are very greedy and also very disrespectful of their staff. I know many of the staff that worked there and they all loved their job until the bosses took over.
So please give the staff the credit they deserve before you judge
I think People need to leave the staff alone they work the best they can. the situations have come from the main bosses who are very greedy and also very disrespectful of their staff. I know many of the staff that worked there and they all loved their job until the bosses took over. So please give the staff the credit they deserve before you judge Sophie83
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5:48pm Tue 29 Jul 14

paulatepc says...

...it says it all when the top management's response to the Echo's questions, after all these people are losing their homes and friends is... "no comment".

But then what do you expect when government washes its hands of the responsibility of running these homes and subcontracts to profit-making companies.
...it says it all when the top management's response to the Echo's questions, after all these people are losing their homes and friends is... "no comment". But then what do you expect when government washes its hands of the responsibility of running these homes and subcontracts to profit-making companies. paulatepc
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