The safety of the service provided by a Leeds care home has been deemed ‘inadequate’ by a national health watchdog.
Adel Grange Residential Home, in Adel, has been criticised in a new Care Quality Commission (CQC) report which revealed medicines were not managed safely and the way staff were recruited – not always providing references – risked residents’ safety.
The report, which deemed that the care home ‘requires improvement’ overall, came in the wake of an unannounced inspection in October last year.
The report stated: “Staff who had recently been employed at the home did not always have references from their last employer and people who had left employment and returned did not always go through the recruitment process. The lack of robust recruitment procedures risked people being cared for by unsuitable staff.”
Despite this the watchdog deemed that the service provided at Adel Grange was caring, and the “experience of people who lived at the home was positive”, while residents said they felt safe in the hands of staff.
Adel Grange has a history of issues linked to CQC inspections. The facility’s owners briefly suspended admissions that year after the health watchdog found problems linked to the building’s hot water supply and bedrooms had not been addressed.
The home caters to up to 30 residents, some with dementia and mental health issues.
A spokesman for Parkfield Health Care Ltd, which runs the home, said an action plan to address the CQC guidance in October was “progressing well”.
He added: “As a company we are pleased with the improvements which have been made since the time of this inspection and will continue to drive these changes forward.”