THE AUTHORITIES say they are following a “procedure” to ensure the safety of vulnerable adults following concerns about the standard of care at Llanyrafon Court Nursing Home.
the Argus has reported numerous concerns about Cwmbran Nursing Home on Llanfrachfa Way.
a resident, Patricia ParfittHe fell while trying to reach the toilet bell and broke both his legs; he died 16 days later at the Royal Gwent Hospital. Another relative said that his mother stayed “afraid” for the standard of care.
Patricia in the hospital. Image: Kathryn Rimmer
What we asked the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
- Have any POVA designated senior officials at the board of health reported any concerns about Llanyrafon Court Nursing Home?
- If so, how many and when?
- If not, why not?
- We refer specifically to the case of Patricia Parfitt, 90, a resident of Llanyrafon Court Nursing Home in 2019. She died 16 days later after a fall at home, breaking both legs.
- What action did the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board take regarding this case?
What the Aneurin Bevan University Board of Health said:
A spokesperson for the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board said: “We are aware of the ongoing concerns surrounding Llanyrafon Court Nursing Home, and the safety and well-being of our patients remain of utmost importance to us.
“We have been working closely with Care Inspectorate Wales and the local authority in accordance with the processes and procedures of the Welfare and Social Services Act and the Welsh Protection Procedures for Adults at Risk to ensure appropriate action is taken.
“Due to confidentiality and data protection measures, we are unable to comment on individual cases or any ongoing investigations that have taken place through the protection process.”
Outside Llanyrafon Court Nursing Home. Image: Google Street View
The Welfare and Social Services Act (Wales) provides the legal framework to improve the well-being of people in need of care and support.
The law entered into force on April 6, 2016.
An at-risk adult is defined in the Social Services and Welfare (Wales) Act 2014 as “an adult who:
- You are experiencing or at risk of abuse or neglect;
- Has care and support needs;
- As a result of those needs, he is unable to protect himself against or the risk of abuse or neglect.”
The home, managed by provider Golden Care, received an improvement notice from Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW).
The home was ordered to take steps to improve issues related to cleanliness, kitchen hygiene and staffing levels, as well as medication management and governance systems and processes, by the end of October; they had until October 31 to reach compliance.
the Argus contacted CIW to find out if the home had made the necessary improvements in the given time frame.
Timeouts. Image: Anonymous
A CIW spokesperson said: “We would like to assure the public that we are inspecting the service in accordance with our compliance pathway.
“We will continue to work with the local authority commissioners and the health board to ensure the safety and well-being of people living on the service.
“We understand that there has been media coverage regarding our inspection of this service, but we cannot comment further on individual services and do not wish to prejudice our ongoing work.
“Our function as a body of inspectors is to inspect and act in the services where it is required.”