Dickson says care home residents the priority

Ensuring the safe care of residents of a nursing home forced to close because of failings needs to be the priority, Alliance older person’s spokesperson Stewart Dickson MLA has said.

Mr Dickson was speaking after regulators closed Ashbrooke Care Home in Enniskillen following an urgent inspection. Failings included dirty facilities and “a strong odour of faeces and urine” according to inspectors. The home had 40 residents.

“The most important factor in this situation is the care of the residents, both to this point and going forward,” said Mr Dickson, who has long campaigned for better standards in care homes following his work with relatives of residents in Cherry Tree Nursing Home in East Antrim.

“Going by the report, it is fortunate there were no cases of serious illness or even worse at this home.

“Relatives of residents have now been told they will all be moved by 31 August, with premises currently being located. It is vital alternative arrangements are made urgently and people are moved with the minimum of disruption.”

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