Leeds care home deemed ‘inadequate’ by health care watchdog

Brandon House Care Home, in Meanwood, Leeds.
Brandon House Care Home, in Meanwood, Leeds.
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A Meanwood care home is failing to provide safe, effective, responsive or well-led care, according to a national health watchdog.

Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found that bathrooms and toilets were not hygienic – some presenting risks of infection – while there was a lack of evidence of staff training at Brandon House Care Home, in Tongue Lane, during an unannounced November inspection.

The watchdog also concluded that there were not enough staff to meet people’s needs at all times, while recruitment checks for workers were not robust enough to protect residents from people unsuitable to work with the vulnerable.

A report by the organisation urged the home, run by Esteem Care Ltd, to make improvements but did note that staff were caring.

Debbie Westhead, the CQC’s deputy director of adult social care in the north, said that the care provided at Brandon House “fell a long way short” of what is expected.

“We have made it clear that we will return to the home to check that the necessary improvements have been made,” she said. “If not, we will take further action to make sure that people living there receive care which is safe, effective, caring and responsive to their needs.”

Brandon House caters to up to 42 older people in single rooms with ensuite facilities. The main house was built in 1944 by Meanwood Park Hospital for the hospital chaplain.

A spokesman for Esteem Care Ltd explained that it is working hard to ensure that high level care is maintained while its issues are addressed.

He said: “We have already made significant progress since the November inspections and are confident that Brandon House will achieve full compliance in the specified timeline.”