Unsafe Cheshire care home rated ‘inadequate’

Atherton Lodge in Cheshire has again been rated ‘inadequate’ by the CQC following an inspection in December.

The home ended its nursing care after being rated inadequate for several breaches of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 following an inspection in August.

Rob Tovey, CQC’s Head of Inspections for Adult Social Care in the North West, said: “Risk assessments were still inadequately managed and not tailored to people’s individual needs, putting them at unnecessary risk of harm.

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“It was very concerning that some areas of the building weren’t safe and we found a lack of cleanliness across the whole service. Fixtures and fittings needed updating, and we found parts or the building that smelt badly, and areas which posed an infection risk to people using the service.

“It was also worrying that Atherton Lodge identified themselves as being able to care for people living with dementia, but we found that neither the environment nor the care being provided was best practice for someone with these additional needs.

Other issues highlighted by inspectors included a poor dining experience, with some people waiting 50 minutes for meals.

The CQC added: “Inspectors found that risks to people using this service are major and are taking action in line with CQC enforcement policy. This is currently subject to legal proceedings and CQC are unable to report on these proceedings until they have concluded.”

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