A CHARITY that provides services for people with disabilities near Andover has apologised after an inspection found its care home services to be ‘inadequate’.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated Enham Trust care home services near Andover inadequate overall, following an inspection in February.

Enham Care Homes provides personal care for up to 60 people who may be living with a learning or physical disability, or both. The service operates three homes, Michael House, William House and Elizabeth House. Each house has accessible facilities and can accommodate up to 20 people in flat or bedsit style accommodation. At the time of the inspection, 14 people were living in Michael House, 13 were living in William House and 14 people were in Elizabeth House.

CQC carried out an unannounced comprehensive inspection of the service due to concerns received about how people were being supported to make decisions, as well as concerns about the environment and leadership within the service.

Following the inspection, the overall rating for the service dropped from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘inadequate’. 

Reacting to the announcement, Enham Trust’s interim chief executive, Simon Williams, thanked the CQC for its inspection and apologised that measures put in place previously have ‘not gone far enough’ towards improvement.

The report states that the trust’s ratings for being safe and well-led also dropped from requires improvement to inadequate. The rating for being effective and caring remain at requires improvement, while the rating for being responsive to people’s needs dropped from good to requires improvement.

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