RESIDENTS at an Ayr care home are at risk of "cross infection", according to a recently published paper.

A report by the Care Inspectorate, which carried out an unannounced inspection on October 25, discovered that the Heathfield House care home on Forbes Drive had a "weak" rating in all inspection categories.

The report found that inspectors had concerns regarding the management of residents' continence needs, the management of medication, as well as the approach to care by some staff.

Inspectors also found a risk of infection in the home.

A part of the report read: "There was no evidence that regular environmental audits were being carried out to monitor the quality of facilities in the home.

"We noted that there were some easy chairs and carpets that were stained and needed cleaned or replaced.

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"The conservatory area and quiet sitting rooms needed some attention and were not being used to their full potential.

"We saw that people used the large sitting rooms, which at times became busy and noisy.

"This could impact on the mood of people or cause distress. There was a strong smell of urine in the home.

"This was a result of equipment that needed cleaned or replaced, continence aids not being disposed of correctly and the lack of enough housekeeping staff to ensure acceptable standards were being maintained. 

"There was review needed of the arrangements to dispose of dirty water from mop buckets for housekeeping staff working upstairs.

"Current arrangements could increase the risk of cross infection and impact on the health of people living, working and visiting the home."

Heathfield House has been contacted for comment.

The full inspection report is available to view here.