Residents are being moved from a failing Leeds care home after a health care watchdog deemed it in need of improvement.
The 27-bed Sandfield House residential home, in Sandfield Avenue, Headingley, has failed to meet four out of five national standards set by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
The private home, owned by Ibrar Zahir, has been criticised by the CQC for being under staffed, lacking of management and not protecting residents from the risk of infection.
It is thought that the facility housed around 15 residents suffering with dementia although most have been removed from the home over the past three months by Leeds City Council.
One worker at the facility, who wished to remain anonymous, said all but three residents have been moved to other facilities such as the Castleton Care Home, in Armley.
The worker said: “Leeds City Council keep telling us it will close eventually but it doesn’t matter how they close it because we will stay there and we care about the residents and they want to stay there.”
The staff member said 13 workers at the home have had their hours reduced.
Other than meeting the CQC standard for treating people with respect and involving them in their care, the home failed in areas such as having enough qualified, experienced or skilled staff after inspections in November and October 2012.
But stating how moving people had caused at least one male resident unnecessary distress, the member of staff added: “He was crying and everything, it’s heartbreaking for him, he was really upset – it’s upsetting to see them all leave as you have looked after them for so long.”
A CQC spokeswoman said: “Our priority is to ensure that services users’ welfare and needs are met properly and we will not hesitate to take appropriate action to ensure this.”
A council spokeswoman added: “Our social workers are working closely with CQC colleagues, families and carers to ensure that the needs of all residents are properly and safely met.”
Mr Zahir was contacted but was unavailable for comment.