Inadequate care home to close

The owners of a Margate care home say they have been forced to close after being rated Inadequate by the CQC.

The management of the home told KentOnline that there was “little alternative but to close down” following the CQC inspection.

Mike Topping, who runs the care home with his wife Christine, said White Lodge was “not a failing home” and they were “totally shocked” by the rating.

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The inspection of the home was prompted after a resident at the home received a serious injury while being moved.

The CQC said: “We received information that potential risks to people’s safety including moving and handling had not been assessed consistently and staff did not have detailed guidance to follow to mitigate risks to people.”

Inspectors concluded that the home was not safe and checks had not been consistently completed on the environment and equipment to keep people safe.

Mr Topping said Kent County Council had stopped sending residents to the home as a result of being put in Special Measures.

He added: “CQC have effectively stopped us from trading and made our business unsaleable.

To read the report click here.

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