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Bradford care home 'not safe, clean place' health and care regulator says


A Bradford care home has been put into special measures after inspectors found it was not "a safe, clean place" for residents to live.

Rose Cottage, which cares for 14 people, some with dementia, was rated inadequate by health and care regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The CQC report, which said that the home's environment was "well below the standard" expected, found some bedrooms had "strong malodours", while another room had a commode full of urine.

CQC deputy director of operations in the north, Sheila Grant, said: "Rose Cottage is somewhere that people using this service call home and leaders weren't ensuring it was a safe, clean place for them to live."

The CQC said the inspection was prompted partly by an incident in which a resident died. It was also carried out to follow up on action the home provider was told to take at an inspection in 2022.

In the latest report, inspectors said people's wash bowls were being used to transport dirty laundry "which is totally unacceptable.”

It added that infection outbreaks were not being "effectively prevented or managed" and soap dispensers in the bathroom, toilet and bedrooms were empty.

Inspectors also noted that residents were "being deprived of their privacy and dignity" due to issues with laundry services, including clothes going missing.

The report added: "There was no screening curtain in a room shared by two people which meant they had no privacy."

Other issues included medicines not being managed safely and incomplete medicine administration records.

However, the report said people and relatives "were generally positive about the service" and staff were described as kind and caring.