Inquiry Launched At Anglesey Care Home
A care home for vulnerable adults has been banned from admitting new patients – and two of its senior members of staff have been suspended.
Anglesey County Council has withdrawn six local people because of conditions at Beudygwyn Farm at Amlwch, Anglesey.
Parts of the care home have been closed, the Daily Post can reveal.
The private company running Beudygwyn Farm, which caters for adults with learning disabilities, has suspended the staff members while an investigation is under way and brought in a relief manager.
The body which regulates and inspects care homes and social services on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government, the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales, confirmed it had slapped enforcement notices on the home.
A spokesman said: “CSSIW has been working with other agencies under the Protection of Vulnerable Adults Procedures in relation to Beudygwyn Farm.
“CSSIW has to date imposed two conditions on the registration of this care home which means that there can be no further admissions until we are satisfied that the home meets the expected standard.
“It has also taken out of use a part of the accommodation. Three compliance notices have also been issued. We are not aware of any staff suspension.”
Someone who has visited the home told the Daily Post she was “horrified” at conditions there.
She said: “I’m disgusted that the care standards inspectorate has not closed it totally. I’m so disgusted with the place.”
The caller claimed the issue came to light in the last few weeks after a visit by an Anglesey council social worker. Following the visit the authority withdrew its residents.
A spokesman for Anglesey County Council told the Daily Post: “We can confirm that the authority has recently withdrawn six of its clients from the Beudygwyn care home. The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales, together with Anglesey Social Services, are now investigating the practices at the care home.
“As an investigation is ongoing, it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.”
The home is run by a national company, Regard Partnership Limited, which describes itself as a “leading provider of registered residential care and supported living (including domiciliary care) services for a wide range of children and adults with complex needs”.
Its website adds: “We offer service users unconditional positive regard and believe that people with disabilities are valued citizens with equal rights and responsibilities who are entitled to be consulted in all matters that affect their lives or environment.”
Its chief operating officer, Eugene Hayes, said: “CSSIW has put an enforcement notice on the home. Clearly we have had issues there and we have suspended two people and these issues are currently being investigated by the company, that is one reason we have put in place an experienced relief manager.
“The notices require us to do certain things.
“I can confirm that Anglesey county council has taken its residents out of the home. The home also caters for people who come from outside the area.
“This is something which has come up quite recently and it is under investigation.
“Any reduction in service expectation is alarming and disappointing, we are investigating therefore and have suspended two individuals and put in a senior relief manager.”
A previous inspection report on the home to the Welsh Assembly Government refers to a previous manager being “dismissed” in November 2006, but does not explain why. It also refers to concerns by a case manager of a former client about staffing levels, incomplete care plans, staff morale and cleanliness in the kitchen.
Beudygwyn is a 12-acre non-working farm which includes a main, four-bedded farmhouse and four cottages. The accommodation is fully furnished, but according to the company’s website “service users are welcome to bring their own furniture and decorate their bedrooms to suit their tastes and needs”.
The 14-bed home is believed to have housed six clients from the Anglesey.