Care home for disabled accused two years ago of a case of 'institutional neglect' announces closure consultation (From Surrey Comet)
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Care home for disabled accused two years ago of a case of 'institutional neglect' announces closure consultation
A care home in Surbiton which was accused by care inspectors two years ago of a case of "institutional neglect" has announced plans to close.
Scope is considering shutting its premises in Lingfield Avenue, saying the property is "old-fashioned” and does not meet the modern needs of disabled people.
The home had a charge of "institutional neglect" upheld in June 2011 and was told to make improvements but passed all five of the key care standards when it was most recently inspected in January of ths year.
The charity is planning a consultation with the 10 residents who live there, their families and staff before making a final decision. The process is expected to take three years.
Scope’s regional director Tracie Linehan said: “We’re looking into closing Lingfield Avenue, because we don’t think this kind of old fashioned care home offers disabled people the kind of say that everyone else has over where they live, who they live with and how their money is spent.
"We will now consult with the disabled people who use the care home, their families, staff and local authorities before making a decision.
"This is part of a wider trend, prompted by disabled people, away from old fashioned institutional, segregated care homes towards the kind of support where disabled people have choice and control over the services they receive and are treated as citizens.""
The home in Lingfield Avenue is among 11 Scope care homes being considered for closure in the UK.
A spokesman said there was no financial incentive behind the plans, and that the closure programme was in fact costing the charity money.
Ms Linehan added: "Lots of our care homes were opened in the 70s.
"In the last five years we’ve changed or closed 10 of these more old-fashioned services.
"We’ve decided it was time to step up our work. We have reviewed all of our care homes for disabled adults to see which ones we needed to change.
"We know changes like this are hard for the disabled people, families and staff involved, and it’s not something we do without a great deal of consideration.
"We will do our best to do it sensitively and respectfully, supporting everyone affected to understand what the changes mean and what choices are available to them."
Two years ago the Surrey Comet reported that inspectors upheld an allegation of institutional abuse at the Lingfield Avenue home as a resident’s care needs were “not understood or addressed”.
During the visit an inspector found a “potential abusive practice” although no more detail was given.
The home for 14 adults with learning disabilities failed four out of the five standards: medication was not always given on time, an upstairs window was not fitted with a safety device and cultural and religious needs were not met.
But the home passed all five of the key care standards when it was reinspected in January 2013.
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