Extensions plan for criticised care home

Failing Care Home Highgrove House on Highfield Road North in Chorley'22nd June 2014
Failing Care Home Highgrove House on Highfield Road North in Chorley'22nd June 2014

A care home criticised by a health watchdog could be extended to provide more bedrooms and new facilities.

Plans have been submitted for two-storey extensions and internal alterations at Highgrove House Care Homeon Highfield Road North, Chorley.

The home currently has 43 bedrooms, with only four having en suite bathrooms, and the proposals would 
allow it to increase to 55 larger bedrooms, all with en suite facilities.

There would also be additional day facilities, bathrooms and shower rooms, larger communal lounges and dining areas and other spaces.

The equivalent of 12 full-time jobs would be created.

A report submitted with the plans states: “Existing bedrooms will be enlarged. Typically groups of three small bedrooms without en suites will be converted into two larger bedrooms, each with new en suites. Improvements will be made to the gardens.

“The improvements to the premises will allow a wider range of care services to be provided, including an application for registration for nursing care in addition to the existing residential care registration.

“The proposals will bring significant improvements to the care and quality of life of the residents and serve the community better.”

The planning application comes just months after Highgrove House failed four out of the six areas it was inspected on by the Care Quality Commission in April. These included the care and welfare of people in the home, management of medicines, and assessing and monitoring the quality of service.

The care home was bought by Unity Homes last year.

Jagjit Sandher, operations director, said: “We are looking to improve the quality of the facilities for the residents. It is their home and we want to make it feel like a home environment, with quality resources, larger rooms and en suites.”

“The home had previous issues which were passed on to us to deal with. We were making improvements and it has always been our aim to improve the facilities at the home.

“We are working very hard internally to improve the standard and we are doing a very good job. We have a new manager who is doing a fantastic job.”