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Bentley Care Home placed in special measures by CQC

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Image caption Bentley Care Home is registered to provide accommodation and support for up to 58 adults

A Liverpool care home has been placed in special measures following an inspection that found the premises were "unsafe and potentially dangerous".

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) made four unannounced visits to Bentley Care Home in September and October.

It rated the Bentley Road home as inadequate, saying fire escape routes were blocked and fire doors did not work.

The owners said "immediate action" had been taken to make improvements.

Concerns were raised by a whistleblower and the local authority, the CQC said.

The commission said the home, operated by Argyle Care Group, was failing to provide care that was safe, effective, caring, responsive or well led and must make improvements to protect the safety and welfare of residents.

'Shabby' building

It visited the home in September and returned three times in October, expressing concern that there was "a lack of management and governance in the home and no recognition of the urgency to make the required improvements".

Inspectors said the building was "shabby overall, parts of the building were dirty, untidy and in need of cleaning and repair".

Debbie Westhead, deputy chief inspector of adult social care in the north, said care provided at the home "fell a long way short of what we expect services to provide".

A spokesman for the care home said they were working with Merseyside fire service to make improvements.

"Our home is under new management and we are taking action to rectify all failings highlighted by CQC," he added.

Bentley Care Home is registered to provide accommodation and support for up to 58 adults who require support with their mental and physical health.

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