The Care Inspectorate visited the 35-bed Clachnaharry Care Home in Invernness and found the quality of staffing, care and support and management leadership were all weak. In particular, there was concern about cleanliness and hygiene, as well as the experience and training of staff recruited.
A notice requiring specific improvements was issued, warning the owners they had to be able to demonstrate sufficient progress by September 30.
But the inspectorate did not believe enough had been done by the deadline and earlier this month ordered operators RDS Healthcare of Middlesex to shut the home. It has now emerged the provider has asked for a review of the inspectors' decision.
A spokesman for the Care Inspectorate said yesterday: "We have significant concerns about the quality of care offered to elderly and vulnerable residents at Clachnaharry and are proposing to cancel this care home's licence to operate. Statutory procedures allow the provider 14 days to ask us to review our proposal, which he has done.
"We will therefore carefully consider his request for a review. We are working closely with NHS Highland to safeguard the welfare of all residents."