Four care and nursing homes rated inadequate by CQC

Four care homes have been rated inadequate in the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) latest round of inspections.

Atherton Lodge in Cheshire, Highfield House in County Durham, Rosemount Care Home in Stockport and Rossendale Nursing Home in Lancashire were all placed in special measures.

Atherton Lodge, which provides accommodation for up to 40 older people requiring personal and nursing care, was rated inadequate in all five categories of safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.

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Debbie Westhead, deputy chief inspector of adult social care in the North, said: “We were very concerned that vulnerable people using this service were not being kept from actual or potential harm. We found that their basic physical, medical, emotional and mental needs were not being met.”

Inspectors found that the service had inadequate provision for people living with dementia and that residents were left unattended.

Medicines were not always given to the right people at the right time and there was a lack of nutritious food and drink.

To read the full report click here.

Rosemount Care Home, which provides personal and nursing care for older people, was rated inadequate for safe and well-led, requires improvement for effective and responsive, and good for caring.

Inspectors found that staffing levels were insufficient to keep residents safe and medicines were not stored safely or administered correctly.

Eight breaches of the Health and Social Care Act were found.

To read the full report, click here.

Rossendale Nursing Home, which provides care for older people including those living with dementia, was rated inadequate for safe, effective and well-led, and requires improvement for  caring and responsive.

Inspectors found low staff morale at the home because of changes made to training and bank holidays without consultation and poor communication between the registered provider and registered manager.

During their tour, inspectors also found a number of safety risks at the home, which is operated by M&C Taylforth. These included access to open upper floor windows, an unsafe lock on a toilet door and slamming doors, which could cause injury.

Furnishings were also found to be in poor condition and potentially dangerous with the general state of the building also a “major concern”.

To read, the full report, click here.

Highfield House in County Durham, which provides accommodation and nursing for older people including those living with dementia, was rated for safe, effective, responsive and well-led, and requires improvement for caring.

The home, which is run by Susan Burns and Marion Burns, was found to have significant gaps in some people’s care planning records and poor management of medicines.

Inspectors also found that staff and residents were not given adequate protection from water borne infections such as Legionella.

To read the full report, click here.

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