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Care home faces closure for failing residents

Care Quality Commission
Care Quality Commission

by Laura Sage

A health watchdog has ordered a care home to close after fears emerged for the safety of its residents.

Four Nevill Park, in Tunbridge Wells, homed up to 20 adults with autism and autistic spectrum disorders such as Aspergers syndrome.

But after an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) proceedings have been launched to strike it off the care home register.

If successful, management firm Evesleigh Ltd will be left with no option but close it.

Four Nevill Park's last inspection expressed "concerns about the activities and staffing levels" in the home.

It stated that although there was evidence of risk assessments, "Some of the terminology used" was "prescriptive, written in the third person and not reflective of person centred care".

The 2010 report said overall Four Nevill Park was "adequate" and gave its service just one star.

It added that there was "strong evidence" to suggest the personal wellbeing of some residents is neglected.

Viewing the levels of communication between the staff and residents it was observed that on "several occasions… staff did not appear to communicate with the residents at all".

A previous survey conducted by the CQC had given some positive feedback, with comments from residents like, "They make me feel welcome. I feel safe here".

A spokesman for the CQC wouldn't reveal why the home has been closed and said proceedings are on-going.

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