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Care Inspectorate wants Ayrshire home developed so that care is “consistent”

A nursing home in Ayrshire has been given until the middle of October to make interior and exterior ‘improvements’ on top of its existing makeover plan.

Bosses at Redford Nursing Home in Dunure Road, Ayr, have been told by the Care Inspectorate to ‘devise and implement’ a ‘dynamic action plan’ for the development of the home.

The requirement is to run alongside the home’s “existing refurbishment/redecoration plan”.

Among the Care Inspectorate requirements are the installation in the main bathroom of an assisted bath and wet floor shower area; the development of the garden and outdoor space; replacement of worn floor coverings; maximising the provision of en-suite facilities; reviewing the suitability of smaller-sized rooms; completing the upgrading of the laundry facility and installing a working sluice room.

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Redford is registered to provide a care home service to a maximum of 35 older people of which a maximum of three beds may be used for respite/short breaks at any one time.

The Care Inspectorate gave the nursing home the once-over during a virtual inspection using ‘Near Me’ technology.

The scrutiny body said the requirement needed to be met by October 18 in order that care and support at Redford was “consistent” with health and social care standards.

The Care Inspectorate will also “assess progress” in meeting their requirement.

It was also noted that a new boiler system was in place which the Care Inspectorate said ‘met’ one of their other requirements ‘within timescales’.

An extract from the latest report said: “The hot water system had been upgraded with the installation of a new boiler and thermostatic mixing valves which blend hot and cold water together at the outlet point to ensure a safe temperature that will safeguard against scalding.

“The new boiler had also improved the availability of hot water on the top floor.”

The report continues: “Staff were aware of the maximum temperatures for baths and showers. Recording sheets had been put in place for staff to check and record this each time a resident is supported with bathing.

“A water quality record book that included regular checks of hot water temperatures had been introduced and this was being reviewed and signed off by the manager and the maintenance officer. The action taken had improved the facilities and protected people experiencing care.”

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