Nursing home assessed as ‘requires improvement’

INSPECTION: Health watchdogs again rate Preston Private as in need of improvement
INSPECTION: Health watchdogs again rate Preston Private as in need of improvement
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HEALTH watchdogs have graded a Lancashire nursing home as “requires improvement” for the second time this year.

Preston Private, in Midgery Lane, Fulwood, failed to reach the required standard in four out of five key areas during a visit by a team from the Care Quality Commission.

While safety at the home was rated as “good,” inspectors felt the service offered was not always effective, caring, responsive and well-led.

It was the second time in eight months that the home, which caters for up to 106 elderly people, had failed to reach a consistent standard in four out of five categories of care.

A previous report into the home, published earlier this year, also failed it on four out of five sections. On that occasion only caring was judged to be good.

In a report the CQC found Preston Private, owned by Parkcare Homes Limited, had acted on the findings of the previous inspection and made improvements.

“However, at this inspection, different issues were identified which again meant that the service needed to continue to improve,” says the report.

“People’s individual needs were not fully met and enhanced by the adaptation, design and decoration of the home, especially the dementia care unit. This area of the home was not particularly ‘dementia-friendly.’”

A spokesperson for the home said: “We have a robust and comprehensive action plan in place to address the issues raised. Inspectors themselves acknowledged that a significant amount of work had already taken place since they last came. We are committed to continually improving our service and look forward to inspectors returning to see what we have embedded.”