Concerns over care home’s dietary programme

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A multi-agency review into the HC One owned Blar Buidhe Care Home in the Outer Hebrides is underway following a number of concerns raised over the dietary programmes of residents.

Residents, families and/or their representatives will be contacted and a report will be compiled detailing what, if any, action is required. The process is being undertaken in line with Adult Protection guidelines.

Iain Macaulay, Western Isles Chief Social Work Officer, said: “Following concerns brought to my attention at the end of last year, and in light of these new issues being brought to the Comhairle’s attention, a multi-agency meeting involving all the relevant agencies has agreed that a review should be carried out to ascertain if there are underlying ongoing issues at Blar Buidhe which require redress. We have acted quickly, in light of previous issues taken together with these latest concerns, by adopting a more interventionist approach, to reassure ourselves and families that there is no immediate risk to any of the residents and we are determined that the highest standards of care are in place at all residential facilities in the Western Isles. Families of residents are being informed of the current procedures underway”.

Admissions to the Care Home have been temporarily suspended.

The Comhairle have said that as it is an ongoing review they cannot add anything further to the statement.

A spokesperson for the home said today: “The health, safety and wellbeing of each person we support are our top priorities.

“We take all concerns extremely seriously and can confirm that a review process is underway. We are working closely with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Council and the multi-agency team.

“The home is being supported by our regional management team to ensure every Resident continues to receive the high quality care they deserve.

“We work very hard to provide the best possible care. This was reflected in our most recent Care Inspectorate report (dated 16 December 2014) which found the home was rated either adequate or good in all areas.

“Whilst the review is underway it would be inappropriate to comment further.”