‘Care for elderly must be priority’

Abbeydale Care Home, South Promenade, Blackpool and (below) Kath Rowson.
Abbeydale Care Home, South Promenade, Blackpool and (below) Kath Rowson.

CONCERNS about the standard of care at a Blackpool nursing home have prompted calls for the council to ensure it monitors the way rest homes operate in the resort.

Independent regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has issued a formal warning to Ribble Valley Care Ltd following an inspection of the Abbeydale Nursing Home on South Promenade which looks after dementia patients.

Gordon Marsden, Blackpool South MP

Gordon Marsden, Blackpool South MP

The inspection raised issues surrounding care and welfare, and the safeguarding of residents.

It follows on from a scathing report last year by Blackpool coroner Anne Hind who criticised the risk assessment carried out on 84-year-old resident Lilian Riley who died following a fall at the Abbeydale in March 2010.

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden said had raised concerns with Blackpool Council about the home last year.

He said: “I raised my concerns about this home last year, and these further admissions by the CQC means the council should be looking again at the adequacy of some of the care homes in Blackpool, and this one in particular.”

Coun Kath Rowson

Coun Kath Rowson

Blackpool Council, which funds the care packages of some of the residents at the Abbeydale, said it was working with the home to carry out improvements.

Coun Kath Rowson, cabinet member for adult social care, said: “We work very closely with the Care Quality Commission to ensure all adult care homes operate at the highest possible standard, and this includes the Abbeydale Care Home.

“We are aware there will be some residents and family members who are concerned about this news, and we have made staff available to liaise with anyone who has any questions about the care they or their families are receiving. They can contact (01253) 477800 to speak to a member of staff.”

Simon Crowther, managing director of Ribble Valley Care, said all the issues raised by the CQC had been addressed.

He said: “We work hand in hand with Blackpool Council and the CQC.

“Mr Marsden is very welcome to visit the Abbeydale as well to see for himself the improvements we are making.”

As reported in yesterday’s Gazette, the home has been given until October 24 to carry out the improvements.

Concerns were also raised about restraint procedures, but Mr Crowther said these had been resolved through training.


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