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Closure of the Laurels Care Home

We have cancelled the registration of the Laurels Care Home in the Rhondda using our enforcement powers.

Why has this happened?

The process of cancellation was initiated in July 2014 against the company providing the Laurels Care Home, because of serious concerns about the standard of care and safety of residents. Further inspections took place and actions were taken to prevent new admissions to the home.

We continued to be concerned about the lack of progress to address the significant shortcomings that placed residents at risk. The last inspection in September 2014 confirmed that management had failed to bring about sufficient change, and we took the view that closure was necessary to safeguard people living in the home.

Was there an appeals process?

The provider had the opportunity to make representations against the proposal but the representations were not upheld. The provider made an appeal to the Care Standards Tribunal but this has since been withdrawn and the notice to cancel the registration of the home became effective on 8th January 2015.

Imelda Richardson, Chief Inspector of CSSIW said:

We give great consideration to the closure of any care home - our priority is always the safety and well-being of people living in the home and to ensure they receive the care they deserve.

Management of the Laurels Care Home failed to provide this to the elderly and vulnerable people it cared for, over a sustained period of time, and therefore closure was necessary.

What happened to the residents affected?

The local authority and Cwm Taf University Health Board worked closely with residents and families to identify appropriate alternative accommodation. The home has been vacant since mid-November.

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