Residents rehomed amid care worries

Hope Residential Care Home on Waterloo Road
Hope Residential Care Home on Waterloo Road
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Fears over staffing levels at a Blackpool care home have prompted council chiefs to move residents out for their own safety.

Blackpool Council has served notice on its contract with the Hope Residential Care Home, on Waterloo Road, and made arrangements to move its
residents into alternative accommodation.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said its ‘shares concerns around staffing’ at the South Shore home with the council.

Coun Eddie Collett, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for adult safeguarding, said: “Despite being a very small home, we have concerns over the limited number of staff running the home and the lack of contingency plans for when staff are unavailable.

“This uncertainty around the home’s staffing arrangements means we can longer be assured of residents’ safety, and as such, are looking to move them to another suitable residential home.”

The Gazette understands residents and relatives were made aware last week and all six people living at the care home have now been moved.

Blackpool Council confirmed it has served notice to terminate its contract with Hope Residential Care Home.

Despite having to give a three-month notice period, bosses took the decision to move residents out immediately. The home can still operate but will no longer look after people in the care of the local authority.

Coun Collett added: “These are not decisions that we take lightly but we have a duty of care to the vulnerable people in the home and this care home no longer reaches the high standards that we expect.

“It is also important to note that the general level of residential care in Blackpool is very high and many of the care homes that we commission provide an excellent service. This news should not detract from the hard work that those homes do every day.”

A CQC spokesman said: “We do share concerns around staffing with the council and are fully aware of the action they have taken.”

The watchdog carried out an inspection at the home and a report of its findings is due to be published in the new year.

Tracey Hope, registered manager at the home, was unavailable for comment yesterday.