Is care home where residents had bruises set to be sold off?
A HUCKNALL care home where inspectors raised concerns about care quality could be sold.
Officers and councillors at Notts County Council say the owners of Silverdale Residential Care Home, Nottingham Road, have said they are potentially looking for a buyer.
But Jamil Akhtar, a partner at Rodenvine Nottingham, which owns Silverdale, said: "We haven't made our mind up regarding any sale.
"I don't want to sell it, it's my partner who was talking of selling. I want to get this home up and running again properly."
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Silverdale was inspected by the Care Quality Commission four times in November.
The commission said nine of the then 17 residents had sustained unexplained bruising in the five weeks before the inspection.
Other residents had not had their clothes changed for several days and some were not helped to eat, despite being unable to feed themselves.
The council has not been sending people there since November 7. There are 11 residents.
The CQC has ordered the home to act in nine areas to meet Government standards, including safeguarding people from abuse, cleanliness and infection control, management of medicines and staffing.
The home must tell the CQC what action it will take.
Rodenvine Nottingham has told the council it wants to close Havana House Care Home, Broomhill Road, Hucknall, from January 28.
Mr Akhtar said: "We've been there for four years and for the last year we've had no referrals. I don't know why."
David Hamilton, a service director at Notts County Council, said: "Rodenvine Nottingham, the owner of Havana House Care Home has informed the council that it plans to close the home at the end of January. We are working with the home, its residents and their families to find new care home places which meet the needs of the residents.
"The owning company has also advised that it is considering selling its other care home in Hucknall, Silverdale, to another care provider."
Councillors were updated on the situation at Silverdale and Havana House at a meeting of the adult social care and health committee.
Mr Hamilton said: "Havana House is due to close at the end of January. The owners contacted Notts County Council in November stating they were planning to close due to low occupancy. Only 11 out of 23 were filled."
He added: "Havana has not had its contract suspended despite CQC concerns. Silverdale is different, the county council has suspended the contract.
"The owners were intending to move residents from Havana House to Silverdale, but the county council said it wasn't appropriate. Now the owners are looking at a potential sale of Silverdale."
Councillor Chris Winterton said: "One of the things that does concern me is that bruising is constantly referred to by the CQC.
"This is happening a lot and I think we need to take the initiative to prevent bruising."
Following the meeting, committee chairman and Hucknall councillor Kevin Rostance said: "We are still working at Silverdale on a daily basis to ensure the residents are being well looked after, especially if it is up for sale.
"We will be monitoring it all the way, along with the CQC, to ensure a smooth transition if a sale goes ahead."
There are a further nine privately-run homes in Hucknall.