The Care Inspectorate graded Ranfurly Care Home as “weak” in April in an assessment that focused specifically on the management of the Quarrelton Road facility during the pandemic.
The watchdog found dirty mattresses and stained furniture during the check-up, as well as discovering food stuffed down the side of soft furnishings and a lack of disposal bins close to personal protective equipment (PPE) stations.
It was also found not all staff had completed the necessary training around limiting the spread of coronavirus and inspectors said people “could not be confident” workers were sufficiently skilled to protect them from harm.
But, during a follow-up inspection, the watchdog reported improvements had been made in many areas of the home’s infection prevention and control practices.
However, bosses are not completely off the hook, as inspectors said the cleanliness of mattresses and staff’s use of PPE was still not up to scratch.
The latest report laid before the Scottish Parliament states: “We found improvements to infection prevention and control practice and records of cleaning schedules and audits.
“Signage for the use of PPE and hand-washing referred to best practice and was more visible. The service was now using the correct cleaning products, which ensured people were protected from infection.
“Isolation guidelines were being followed for all new admissions to the service.
“We identified the need to improve cleaning of mattress covers and staff use of PPE.
“People were being supported to receive visits in designated visiting areas. We discussed with the management team the need to implement fully Scottish Government Open with Care guidance to allow visits in people’s bedrooms.”
The report, which was part of a round-up of care home inspections across the country over the last fortnight, also states the watchdog will return to Ranfurly to make sure outstanding issues are resolved.
The nursing home looks after a maximum of 62 older people and was recently taken over by Anavo Group after previous owners Silverline Care got into financial difficulties and called in administrators.
Anavo also took over the running of the adjacent sister facility Cochrane Care Home, which was graded as “weak” back in December before improvements were made.
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