A Bedfordshire care home that was shut down due to serious concerns for the safety of residents has reopened.
The Old Village School Nursing Home in the village of Marston Moretaine close to Bedford, was rated inadequate by the CQC last year and listed serious concerns about the home.
“People were fearful and felt degraded by some of their experiences,” the CQC report stated following a visit in August, 2015.
“People were at serious risk of harm. Personalised risk assessments were not always sufficiently detailed or accurate and had not been reviewed regularly to ensure that no changes had occurred,” the report continued.
The CQC was so concerned about the poor quality of the care being provided that it immediately notified the local authority and clinical commissioning groups and secured an emergency order.
The home was shut down so quickly that some of its 57 residents had to be moved out in the middle of the night.
The home reopened this month after its director, Aman Badiani, successfully appealed against the closure.
The appeal hearing in December accepted Mr Badiani had taken “radical action to improve the work force” including making redundancies, and implementing disciplinary proceedings and training packages.
He had also worked with external care consultants BKR Care Consultancy Limited to bring it up to standard.
BKR Care Consultancy specialises in working with care homes that are either in a crisis, or simply want to improve the quality of their service. The company works with all stakeholders including service providers, commissioning, monitoring and safeguarding teams, fire and rescue services, environmental health and the CQC in order to achieve compliance.