Avondale defended by owners

Avondale care home
Avondale care home

The operators of Avondale Nursing Home in Motherwell insist they are making good progress on improvements ordered by inspectors.

The home, in Cornelia Street, came under fire last week after it was revealed it was one of the worst three performing care homes in Scotland.

Avondale could face closure if it does not carry out measures ordered by the Care Inspectorate.

Inspectors who carried out an unannounced visit last September found numerous recommendations following a previous inspection had not been acted on.

Their report said the home was unsatisfactory in four key areas - quality of care and support, environment, staffing and management and leadership.

But home owners the Priory Group say they have made progress in the time since the inspections and last week’s criticism.

A spokesperson said: “The inspection relating to this report took place five months ago and was taken very seriously.

“A great deal of hard work has been undertaken since and a comprehensive action plan put in place. We are working closely with the Care Inspectorate and are confident that the home is making good progress towards achieving the targets set.”

A Care Inspectorate spokesperson said: ““Everyone in Scotland has the right to good quality, compassionate care which meets their needs and respects their rights.

“When services are found to fall below the standards we expect, we do not hesitate to take action.

“We have inspected Avondale again recently and found some evidence of improvement but require further improvements.

“We continue to work closely with the home.”