Nottinghamshire care home fined £1.5m over resident death

A Nottinghamshire care home has been fined £1.5m following the death of one of its residents living with dementia.

Rose Court Lodge Care Home in Sutton Road, Mansfield was ordered to pay the fine following the death of George Chicken who died after falling down an unlit staircase, the Nottingham Post reports.

The home’s owner Embrace All Ltd received the fine last week and was forced to pay costs of £200,000.

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The home’s manager Amanda Dean, who admitted failing to take reasonable care for the health and safety of others was sentenced with nine months in prison, suspended for two years and ordered to pay costs of £20,000.

Passing his ruling on Ms Dean, Judge Stuart Rafferty QC said: “She couldn’t keep a daily eye on residents as she should have, or ensure her staff were doing so either.”

Following the verdict, Mr Chicken’s family called for overview of all care homes delivering dementia care.

Mr Chicken died after gaining access to a concrete stairway which had no handrail.

Rose Court has made a number of improvements following the incident, including daily documented checks of stairway lighting, extra members of staff put in corridors and keypad controls fitted at fire doors.

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