LEEDS NEWS
Donisthorpe restructuring

DONISTHORPE Hall held a meeting for residents and relatives last week where leaders outlined the latest Care Quality Commission report.

In the watchdog’s latest report, it rated the home as requiring improvement in four sections, but it was rated inadequate in terms of the home being well-led. However, it is still held in special measures.

Those in attendance were told that CQC will return towards the end of the year.

“We are aiming to continue improvements at which point CQC will remove any special measures associated with the home,” said trustee Ashley Cohen.

Those present were also told about the home’s financial position. With the home's capacity being significantly lower currently, management has had to review the total cost base.

“We will be re-structuring the team to reflect the smaller capacity, but these will not be frontline care staff, as we need these to push forward our quality agenda,” Mr Cohen explained.

He added: “Leeds City Council’s fee rate is £450 a week. However the actual cost of care after Donisthorpe’s re-structuring is nearer to a weekly £750.

“The massive shortfall is not sustainable in the medium to long-term.”

In order to make up the shortfall of around £1 million, the home plans to take a number of urgent actions.

First on the agenda is urgent engagement with Leeds City Council to communicate the need to bridge the gap between current fees and cost of care, which will be taking place within a few days.

Secondly, Donisthorpe will be asking the families of council-funded residents to make either top-up payments or donations, as other care homes are now doing.

The home also plans to initiate an active fundraising programme.

Donisthorpe is also looking at opportunities to sub-let unused units within the home to raise additional income.

He appealed to those who want to get involved in either a volunteering capacity or providing more time and support to the Board of Trustees, to come forward and help.


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