Blasted care home set for monitoring

Orchard Lodge Care Home on Lytham Road, South Shore
Orchard Lodge Care Home on Lytham Road, South Shore
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Blackpool Council and care inspectors have pledged to keep a close ye on a care home which has been branded unsafe, uncaring and ineffective.

Their comment come following a damning criticism of the Orchard Lodge Care Home on Lytham Road from the watchdog in its latest report.

The Care Quality Commision highlighted a series of failings at the home earlier this year and ordered improvements to be made by the owners Dharma Ltd.

But when they visited on three occasions in May and June they still found issues with safety and have placed it in special measures.

The home has since got new owners and been renamed Hollins Bank Residential Care Home but both the council and the CQC have promised to keep monitoring the situation there and said they want to work closely with the new team.

Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Secretary, said: “We have extensively supported the managers at Orchard Lodge Care Home to try and help them make the improvements necessary for it to become a good residential home.

“Unfortunately, those improvements have not taken place with the required urgency or at the required quality.

“Despite the owners’ hard work, they have been unsuccessful in bringing the home back up to a good standard.

“Our concerns have been echoed by the recent CQC report and we have been working with them to keep close scrutiny of the home.

“Because of these failings, we re-issued a notice to terminate our contract with Dharma Ltd. This is not a decision that we take lightly.

“While no adults are thought to be in any immediate risk, we cannot continue to leave them in a home that simply isn’t good enough.

“We have recently been informed that Dharma Limited has transferred to a new owner and, while the notice is still in place, we are working with the new owner to try and find a positive way forward for the residents.

“We have spoken to all residents and their families to keep them up to date.”

Despite repeated attempts at contact the new owners were not available for comment.

CQC will consider taking further action if serious concerns continue

“Orchard Lodge was inspected in June this year, as a result of our findings and the serious concerns identified we placed the service into special measures. “We have continued concerns over the safety of this home and will continue to monitor it closely alongside the local authority to ensure that the residents are not at risk of immediate harm.

“We will return to the service to check whether improvements have been made, if not we will consider taking further regulatory action against the provider.

“We have been made aware that the providers intend to sell the service, however formal notification of this decision has not been received.”