William Eichler 15 August 2018

Dementia sufferers told to leave care home over safety concerns

Doncaster Council was forced to tell 27 residents to leave their privately run care home over concerns for their safety.

The local authority said the residents of Warneford House, which specialises in dementia care, were ‘not safe’ and were ‘seriously at risk.’

Karen Johnson, assistant director of adult social care and safeguarding at the council, said the home was ‘understaffed’ and without anyone in charge.

‘Even though the operational manager offered to step in, there was no clear plan about how they were going to make things safe and we could not risk leaving people there,’ said Ms Johnson.

‘We had severe concerns about medication, a not fit for purpose environment within the home and lack of supervision and sadly not enough food on site.’

The council first raised these safety issues with Warneford House in January.

‘We monitored the home with a range of experts and together we agreed that residents were not in a safe place so we arranged for them to find homes that would care for them in a way we thought they deserved to be,’ said Ms Johnson.

Warneford House could not be reached for comment.

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