CQC puts two homes in Special Measures

Kingsfield Care Centre in Ashton Under Lyme, Lancashire and Atherton Lodge in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire have been placed into Special Measures.

The two homes were ranked Inadequate in all five inspection categories by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Kingsfield (picture), which is one of 31 care homes owned by Meridian Healthcare, provides care, support and accommodation for up to 54 people.

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Debbie Westhead, deputy chief inspector of adult social care in the North, said: “We found the care provided by Kingsfield Care Centre fell a very long way short of what we expect services to provide, which is why we have intervened to keep people using this service safe.”

Issues raised by inspectors included understaffing, care plans and risk assessments not always reflecting people’s needs, lack of medical attention, people moved in an unsafe manner, as well as problems with infection control.

To read the full report, click here.

Atherton Lodge is a privately owned two-storey home conversion designed to provide personal and nursing care for up to 40 people.

Ms Westhead 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.

“Atherton Lodge also advertised themselves as able to care for people living with dementia. However we found that the accommodation, adaptations, stimulation and specialised support was not in place to support people with these health conditions.

“People were left unattended, skilled staff were not always on duty, medicines weren’t always given to the right people at the right time, and people did not have a choice of nutritious meals and drinks. This simply isn’t good enough.”

To read the full report, click here.

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