New manager at The Grange, Littleport vows to get failing home back on track

PUBLISHED: 12:32 03 June 2012

Kathryn McGuirk

Kathryn McGuirk

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THE new manager of a care home in Littleport that was criticised for its poor standard of care says she is aiming to get it back on track.

Back in April, almost all patients at The Grange care home were moved out by Cambridgeshire County Council and the NHS after inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) raised “continued concerns” over the failing standard of care.

Just three private residents now remain at the home but recently appointed manager Kathryn McGuirk has been brought in to help get the home back on track and ensure the staff remain motivated and prepared.

Mrs McGuirk is also the manager of Lily House Care Home in Ely and said that reconnecting the home with the community would be among her top priorities in the coming weeks.

Speaking to the Ely Standard, she said: “Our main aim is to let people know that are still here and in business and to get people back involved with the home.

“At the moment I am here to look at what plans we can put in place to get people involved in the community and back involved with the home.

“We are doing a lot of joint work with Lily House, arranging outings for residents and keeping our focus very much on them and their quality of care. It’s really making sure that we are looking forward.”

As part of a new programme of events, the home will open its doors to the community to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June.

The home will host a tea party in the grounds from 4pm on Sunday, June 3, with an open-air service to be held on the bandstand at 6pm.

Mrs McGurk, added: “We have developed an entire refurbishment plan for Littleport Grange. Staff and residents love this home and we are determined that it will soon meet the highest standards for everyone involved.”

Littleport Grange is a care home with nursing registered to care for up to 75 older people. The provider is Dove Care Homes which is a subsidiary of Minster Care Management Ltd.

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