Councillor ‘shocked’ at care home rating

Lomond View Care Home

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Aspects of care and quality at a Falkland care home were rated as “weak” by the Care Inspectorate when they visited last October.

A report before Wednesday’s meeting of Fife Council’s north east area committee revealed that the inspectorate had given ratings of only two - out of six – in two categories at Lomond View care home, located at The Pleasance.

The ‘weak’ findings were in quality of care and support and quality of management and leadership.

A further inspection in December saw improvements, with the home rated at three – ‘adequate’– under the headings of quality of care and support, quality of management and leadership and quality of staffing. It scored four – ‘good’ – for its quality of environment.

Local councillor David MacDiarmid was particularly critical of the poor ratings for Lomond View.

“It’s a shocking state of attainment for the home. Old people need to be looked after properly,” he said.

Of the other independently-run care homes in north east Fife, Windmill House Nursing Home in Cellardyke, scored only twos for quality of care and support and quality of management and leadership in its most recent inspection, last September.

A number of homes scored three and fours under the different classifications, while some attained higher grades – mostly fives – ‘very good.’ They included St Andrews House Care Home, Rosturk House, Cupar, Gibson House, St Andrews, Peacehaven, Lundin Links and Balnacarron, St Andrews. Council-run care facilities, including day care centres, scored consistently highly with none being graded lower than four and most being rated at five.

The report also looked at care facilities for children in north east Fife, with the five establishment all achieving ratings of four or more.

There was particular praise for Falkland House School, which received maximum scores in three categories and a five in another.

Councillor Brian Poole said the high grades for Council-run facilities should be congratulated, adding that the ratings for Falkland House School were “fantastic” – a view shared by Councillor MacDiarmid.

Members heard certain care homes with poor ratings had had admissions suspended while issues were addressed and improvements made. Those suspensions had now been lifted, although the premises continued to be monitored. Inspections by the Care Inspectorate are carried out both announced and unannounced.