Care home staff ‘owed pay’

Former employees of the Abbeydale care home, at the home on New South Promenade, Blackpool. From left,  Paul Simmonds, Lynn Holmes, Karen Marks, Chris Atherton, Claire Simmonds and Dawn Britten.

Former employees of the Abbeydale care home, at the home on New South Promenade, Blackpool. From left, Paul Simmonds, Lynn Holmes, Karen Marks, Chris Atherton, Claire Simmonds and Dawn Britten.

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Former employees at a care home closed down after a shocking report have vented their anger at not receiving money they are owed.

The Abbeydale Nursing Home, in South Shore, was shut down last month after the Care Quality Commission found the home, which specialised in dementia care, failed to hit the required standards in almost every area of care.

But several former workers at the home say that, coupled with the lack of a last payment for their services, they have since been unable to find work due to the home’s poor reputation.

Dawn Britten, 49, from Napier Avenue, said: “We didn’t get a written warning that they were finishing.

“Ever since then I’ve been for jobs at care homes and they won’t even entertain the idea because of where I worked before.

“The manager said he didn’t want anyone from the Abbeydale, it’s ridiculous.

“I worked in care for nearly 11 years and round here they don’t want to know now.

“Some people have managed to get jobs but I don’t think some of them let on where they’d worked before.

“We’re all getting a bad reputation.”

Fellow employee Karen Marks, from Blackpool, added: “I worked there for three and a half years and gave so much love and care to the clients who lived there.

“I worked alongside very caring and understanding care workers who were very professional in their job.

“It was the management that were the problem.”

The home’s former owner Simon Crowther, claims the employees were told orally about the company’s liquidation before they finished working there.

He said: “The company went into liquidation and that was it.

“The staff were paid up to the last day when I informed them. They still came in and worked because they’re good and amazing people.

“I’ve never worked with such a strong and well-meaning workforce ever.”

Mr Crowther said the company was now in the hands of liquidators and he was “in the same position” as the staff.

He added that staff may be owed redundancy pay and holiday pay but there was nothing he could do. He said those employees should soon be receiving forms to claim that money.

Inspectors for the CQC said in their report on Abbeydale last month that the home, on New South Promenade, had failed to make significant improvements.

They found residents had not been given pain relief and other medication, leaving them in pain and discomfort, and one person had not received an appropriate chiropody service resulting in “extremely overgrown toe nails”.

The report said one person who had moved from Abbeydale the day before the inspection had active scabies, and untreated ringworm and another fungal infection.

The only CQC standard the home met was staffing.