Kirklees’ nursing homes have been offering some of the worst quality care in England.
That is the conclusion of an analysis of inspection data from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the care services watchdog.
Half of the homes in the borough inspected in the last three years have been found to be either inadequate or in need of improvement.
Some are under review while others have been ordered to improve their services or risk closure. Some have since closed.
Kirklees had six homes rated ‘inadequate’ over the three-year period, and nationally, it ranks third behind Bradford (10) and Calderdale (eight).
The care homes rated inadequate – the lowest rating – in Kirklees are:
- Ashmeadows, Cleckheaton
- Ashworth Grange, Dewsbury
- Aden Lodge, Clayton West
- Ashleigh Care Home, Newsome
- Aston Manor, Dewsbury
- Cowlersley Court, Cowlersley
As well as numerous safety issues the inspector reported finding faeces on a bedroom wall, on bedding and on a table in a sitting room.
The report said: “We saw that there was a table in one of the sitting rooms which had faeces smeared on it, we reported this and were told it had been cleaned.
“When we went back to look at the table we found that the faeces was still there and the table had been rotated so that the stain was no longer visible.”
Eldercare announced it was closing Cowlersley Court, last month.
The home, described by one former resident as ‘frightening’, was rated inadequate in all categories following a visit by the CQC in October.
Of the 68 care homes inspected in Bradford, almost a half, 31, were found to be inadequate or in need of improvement.
In the whole of West Yorkshire, services at 35 homes were below CQC standards.
The commission has asked 135 others to step up their safety standards, responsiveness to their customers, care, effectiveness and leadership or risk being declared inadequate.
Of the 340 homes inspected since 2014, none in West Yorkshire was rated outstanding, with only half – 169 – being rated good.
Nationally, County Durham and North Lincolnshire are the local authorities where people are receiving the highest-quality services from their homes.
Of the 114 care homes inspected in County Durham, for instance, three were rated outstanding while services at 97 others were found to be good.