Banned Southwick care home boss loses appeal

A CARE home boss has lost his appeal against a ban on running homes.

Dennis Clark ran Rosecroft Rest Home in Cross Road, Southwick, until August, when it was closed after an inspector was “appalled” by the state of it.

His registration as a care provider was cancelled by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after social services raised concerns about standards at the home.

His appeal against the ban has been turned down by judges who said: “It is clear that concerns had been raised about Rosecroft for some time but no action taken.”

Mr Clark opened the home in 1984. By last summer he had 15 residents and a paying lodger.

They had a mixture of “higher dependency” health and mental health issues, such as dementia, diabetes, cancer and alcoholism.

In May, Brighton and Hove City Council raised concerns about the care of residents it had placed there.

In July last year a West Sussex social services investigation found a resident had been neglected when the home failed to report they had a pressure sore.

The same month, a delivery driver said he could not get a response from staff for 15 minutes.

The appeal judges were told: “Someone came to the front of the house . . . but it looked to him as if she had just woken up.”

The same day, a nurse then had trouble finding staff when she found a man who was lodging at the home walking naked from the waist down outside the home, saying he was looking for vodka.

After visiting the home two weeks later, one inspector described herself as “appalled” at the state of the home.

At one point a hen, normally kept in the garden, walked into the kitchen.

After her visit a resident had got outside and become confused.

When police arrived, Mr Clark refused at first to let them inside.

District nurses criticised a lack of liquid soap and paper towels.

On August 1, residents were removed.

The CQC, the watchdog for care homes, later cancelled Mr Clark’s registration as a service provider in August on the grounds of 17 breaches of regulations.

Appealing against his ban at a Health, Education and Social Care tribunal in November, Mr Clark admitted the home had taken too many people in, and that his cleaning and record-keeping was “a bit haphazard”.

He asked for permission to run the home on a smaller scale.

He said he had not had enough time to respond to concerns before the home was closed down.

But in their judgment, a three-strong panel led by Judge Melanie Lewis said: “Mr Clark failed to satisfy us that he has any real insight into why things had gone wrong.

“In turn, we could not have confidence that he could run an effective home in compliance with the regulations in the future.”

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7:14pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Ballroom Blitz says...

Excellent decision.
Excellent decision. Ballroom Blitz

8:11pm Fri 4 Jan 13

a person says...

I am pleased he has lost his appeal he seems a very uncaring person and should not be around people that need care ,

I wonder if Dennis Clark is still running Greenways .Victoria Rd, Southwick, BN42,
with his wife.

“”Dennis Clark ran Rosecroft Rest Home in Cross Road, Southwick, until August, when it was closed after an inspector was “appalled” by the state of it.””

The way he ran Greenways and treated the people there was awful and very uncaring.
, so I hate to think how bad Rosecroft was for the inspectors to notice.
I am pleased he has lost his appeal he seems a very uncaring person and should not be around people that need care , I wonder if Dennis Clark is still running Greenways .Victoria Rd, Southwick, BN42, with his wife. “”Dennis Clark ran Rosecroft Rest Home in Cross Road, Southwick, until August, when it was closed after an inspector was “appalled” by the state of it.”” The way he ran Greenways and treated the people there was awful and very uncaring. , so I hate to think how bad Rosecroft was for the inspectors to notice. a person

12:31pm Sat 5 Jan 13

getThisCoalitionOut says...

The amount of money charged to stay in care homes is disgusting. My mum's fees in an Eastbourne care home have gone up from £425 pw to £625 over just 3 years! Social services refuse to allow her to be moved as they say it would be too unsettling - this is the state of this god forsaken country.
The amount of money charged to stay in care homes is disgusting. My mum's fees in an Eastbourne care home have gone up from £425 pw to £625 over just 3 years! Social services refuse to allow her to be moved as they say it would be too unsettling - this is the state of this god forsaken country. getThisCoalitionOut

2:05pm Sat 5 Jan 13

serenablitz says...

Hurrah! the CQC have finally acted and done their job. I was looking for a Care Home for my Mum about 8 years ago and visited Rosecroft. I was appalled at the state of the home and I got the impression the quality of care was well below an acceptable standard. Where were the relatives of these vulnerable people, surely they visited and could see how their relatived were being care for. I would not have left my dog there let alone a much loved parent.
Hurrah! the CQC have finally acted and done their job. I was looking for a Care Home for my Mum about 8 years ago and visited Rosecroft. I was appalled at the state of the home and I got the impression the quality of care was well below an acceptable standard. Where were the relatives of these vulnerable people, surely they visited and could see how their relatived were being care for. I would not have left my dog there let alone a much loved parent. serenablitz

2:24pm Tue 8 Jan 13

daisyrose1 says...

My mother was a resident of the above home,at no point during her stay did her care ever come into question.She was very well cared for in a homely atmosphere,the residents weren't ruled but led their life with the freedom of choice as you would expect in your own home.
As 'getthiscoillitianou
t' states that the social services will not move his mother as it would be to unsettling for her,such a true statement as some of the residents of Rosecroft have had devastating damage done to themselves and very unhappy relatives.
The previous comments are more of a personal attack on the owner.it just goes to show the mentality of people--The inspectors are pen pushers with no idea,all they are concerned about is heaps and heaps of paperwork the benevolent care has gone out the window.
My mother was a resident of the above home,at no point during her stay did her care ever come into question.She was very well cared for in a homely atmosphere,the residents weren't ruled but led their life with the freedom of choice as you would expect in your own home. As 'getthiscoillitianou t' states that the social services will not move his mother as it would be to unsettling for her,such a true statement as some of the residents of Rosecroft have had devastating damage done to themselves and very unhappy relatives. The previous comments are more of a personal attack on the owner.it just goes to show the mentality of people--The inspectors are pen pushers with no idea,all they are concerned about is heaps and heaps of paperwork the benevolent care has gone out the window. daisyrose1

7:26pm Tue 8 Jan 13

thepanwithin says...

Although Rosecroft was far from perfect, the staff tried their best. There was a mixture of residents there and for many of the residents this had been their home for quite some time. My father was one of them. The other care homes available, believe me, are no better. Nowhere is perfect.
Although Rosecroft was far from perfect, the staff tried their best. There was a mixture of residents there and for many of the residents this had been their home for quite some time. My father was one of them. The other care homes available, believe me, are no better. Nowhere is perfect. thepanwithin

9:27pm Tue 8 Jan 13

daisyrose1 says...

'One Man's Junk Is Another Mans Treasure'
It comes down to personal choice at the end of the day.The residents and family members were devastated when the home closed.
This must mean something not everyone wants to live in airy fairy places and let it be known the social workers continued to place their clients there a few weeks prior to the closure ,my mother had a review and everything was fine?
What happened the social services merely jumped on the band wagon instead of admitting there failings in the homes closure.
Not one resident had a choice and very few if any were suitably placed.Its a disgrace that your life is governed by tick boxes you have no freedom of choice you are merely a pawn in the game of this bureaucratic society.
'One Man's Junk Is Another Mans Treasure' It comes down to personal choice at the end of the day.The residents and family members were devastated when the home closed. This must mean something not everyone wants to live in airy fairy places and let it be known the social workers continued to place their clients there a few weeks prior to the closure ,my mother had a review and everything was fine? What happened the social services merely jumped on the band wagon instead of admitting there failings in the homes closure. Not one resident had a choice and very few if any were suitably placed.Its a disgrace that your life is governed by tick boxes you have no freedom of choice you are merely a pawn in the game of this bureaucratic society. daisyrose1

9:36pm Tue 8 Jan 13

a person says...

I would say well done to the
Care Quality Commission. And what a pity that they don’t see !! All the
wrong things going on in other rest homes.

It would seem not everybody was happy to be living there.


Did you actually read any of the report the CQC made after visiting Rosecroft ,
On 20/07/2012, 24/07/2012

It is available to read on the internet.

However we did speak to some people in the home who had the capacity to tell us about their experiences. People told us that staff had so much to do; they often did not have time for them.
We were told that people often waited for over half an hour for their bells to be answered and staff had told them only to use the bell in an emergency.

People told us that the home did not offer a choice at mealtimes. One person told us that the home was always running out of basic foodstuffs such as bread.
Another person told us that there is no choice, I’ve lived here since January and I’ve had the same breakfast every day, I’ve asked for other things but they’ve told me that’s all there is.

They told us that they knew the home was supposed to have two people on duty but quite often there was only one.
Another person told us that they had problems with incontinence and relied on the staff to change their pads. They told us that they wished they could get their pads changed more frequently as they were often uncomfortable and got sore.
I would say well done to the Care Quality Commission. And what a pity that they don’t see !! All the wrong things going on in other rest homes. It would seem not everybody was happy to be living there. Did you actually read any of the report the CQC made after visiting Rosecroft , On 20/07/2012, 24/07/2012 It is available to read on the internet. However we did speak to some people in the home who had the capacity to tell us about their experiences. People told us that staff had so much to do; they often did not have time for them. We were told that people often waited for over half an hour for their bells to be answered and staff had told them only to use the bell in an emergency. People told us that the home did not offer a choice at mealtimes. One person told us that the home was always running out of basic foodstuffs such as bread. Another person told us that there is no choice, I’ve lived here since January and I’ve had the same breakfast every day, I’ve asked for other things but they’ve told me that’s all there is. They told us that they knew the home was supposed to have two people on duty but quite often there was only one. Another person told us that they had problems with incontinence and relied on the staff to change their pads. They told us that they wished they could get their pads changed more frequently as they were often uncomfortable and got sore. a person

12:04am Wed 9 Jan 13

daisyrose1 says...

These extracts were taken from people with short term memory and dementia...one of the extracts from my mother...I visited her daily,
I would also have left my dog in there as they would have given it a bowl of biscuits and a drink.
There are two sides to every story obviously the cqc have to make news for themselves as if they are meeting their targets,obviously to justify the fat salaries they receive.
Look at the Winterbourne case and people dying unnessarily in a Sheffield hospital.Where were they? Making up for it now by pressurising smaller homes.
Stamp out poor care but take the views ot those that matter the resident and family members.
These extracts were taken from people with short term memory and dementia...one of the extracts from my mother...I visited her daily, I would also have left my dog in there as they would have given it a bowl of biscuits and a drink. There are two sides to every story obviously the cqc have to make news for themselves as if they are meeting their targets,obviously to justify the fat salaries they receive. Look at the Winterbourne case and people dying unnessarily in a Sheffield hospital.Where were they? Making up for it now by pressurising smaller homes. Stamp out poor care but take the views ot those that matter the resident and family members. daisyrose1

4:40pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Sjh043 says...

I would love to how how this man is not allowed to run a care home yet his wife still has hers open in Victoria Road, Southwick. He is there daily, which surely should be looked into?
Ilooked around both homes when my Grandmother needed caring for, Rosecroft was awful, staff were rude and the smell of urine was unbearable. We were shown around by the owner and he didn't even have the decency to knock on the residents door before taking us in to look at the room, just awful! I commented on the smell in the entrance hall and was then followed by a member of staff spraying air freshener!
When looking around Greenways, I found this to be no better.
I would love to how how this man is not allowed to run a care home yet his wife still has hers open in Victoria Road, Southwick. He is there daily, which surely should be looked into? Ilooked around both homes when my Grandmother needed caring for, Rosecroft was awful, staff were rude and the smell of urine was unbearable. We were shown around by the owner and he didn't even have the decency to knock on the residents door before taking us in to look at the room, just awful! I commented on the smell in the entrance hall and was then followed by a member of staff spraying air freshener! When looking around Greenways, I found this to be no better. Sjh043

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