THE Western Trust is to temporarily take over Ashbrooke Care Home in Enniskillen after suitable accommodation could not be found for all residents in the Fermanagh area.
The Runwood Homes Ltd facility was order to close by the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) three weeks ago, after the health body found “systemic care failings” and “serious risk to life” at the home during an unannounced inspection. The first time the RQIA have ever taken some drastic measures, the closure order came after a positive report for the home earlier in the summer.
Following the shock closure order, both Runwood Homes and the Western Trust said they were working to find alternative accommodation to meet the needs of all 43 residents and patients from Ashbrooke. However, there were fears some residents could be relocated outside the county as not enough beds were available locally.
This afternoon the Trust confirmed only 33 residents had been assigned within the Fermanagh area.
“Unfortunately given the tight timescale, appropriate accommodation could not be obtained for a number of clients within the local area, which meets their individual needs,” said executive director of social work at the Western Trust, Kieran Downey.
“With the health and wellbeing of the clients under our care being our utmost priority, the Trust has been approved by the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) as the registered provider of Ashbrooke Care Centre from 1 September 2017. This will enable the Trust to effectively co-ordinate the planned discharge of the remaining residents to suitable facilities, close to family and in the local community.”
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