Elderly resident left in bed for a year

An elderly resident at a Worcestershire care home was left in bed for a year, the CQC has found.

An inspection in September of Doddington Lodge, which is run by Chelcare Limited, found that the resident “had not mobilised since August 2016”.

Inspectors also found “three defective wheelchairs” and an out of order lift, which meant that people and hoist equipment had to be taken through the outside car park to access other parts of the building.

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Some parts of the home, which at the time of inspection provided care for 30 elderly people, had no access to hot water, and two bedrooms and a communal toilet were without water.

Inspectors also found risks of dehydration as well as health and safety risks with a hoist and wheelchairs blocking a fire escape route.

The CQC commented: “The service is not safe. Some equipment was unsafe and exposed people to harm and risk of injury from an unsafe and hazardous environment. Risk assessments were not followed, both in relation to people’s care needs and the physical environment.”

The BBC reported that the home, which has been placed in Special Measures, has been closed.

To read the report click here.

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