Swindon care home to close over safety fears

A Swindon care home that was found to have "serious failings" by a health watchdog is to close in December.

Selena House Care Home in Stratton-St-Margaret had an unannounced inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in October.

The CQC report said the home had failed to meet 11 government standards, including care and welfare, dignity, cleanliness and infection control.

The home's owner was unavailable for comment.

Selena House is a residential care home for the elderly providing accommodation for up to 25 residents,

During their unannounced visit, inspectors found the home was dirty, that people were not being treated with dignity and respect and "inadequate - medicine management" could have resulted in the wrong medication being administered.

Ian Biggs, deputy director of CQC in the south, said the home had been "failing in its duty to provide care which was up to the standard required by law".

'Failings so serious'

"The level of failings was so serious that we had to take action," he said.

"If the provider had not decided to take steps to close the home, we would have taken immediate enforcement action to protect the safety and promote the welfare of people living there."

The CQC said it was working closely with Swindon Borough Council to make sure people remaining at the home were "safe and adequately cared for".

A Swindon Borough Council spokesman said the authority had raised concerns about the standards at the home and had put an "agreed action plan" in place.

"However, despite regular follow-ups, standards at Selena House have failed to improve culminating in the latest findings from the CQC Inspection," he said.

"We are working with the CQC and our colleagues - to identify and secure alternative accommodation for residents."

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