More care homes placed in special measures


Three more care homes have been placed in special measures following the latest round of CQC inspections.

Sun Woodhouse Care Home in Huddersfield (pictured), Chester House Care Home in Stockport and Deneside Court in Jarrow have been ranked ‘inadequate’.

Sun Woodhouse, which provides nursing and personal care for people aged over 65, was rated inadequate for being effective and well led, and requires improvement for being safe, caring and responsive.

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The report found there was a lack of staff to provide basic needs. One person who had fallen several times had not been reported to their GP or had their care plan reviewed.

Inspectors found a lack of audit and safety and quality monitoring with multiple breaches of regulation recorded.

To read the full report, click here.

Chester House Care Home provides nursing and personal care for people aged over 65 including those living with dementia.

The home was rated inadequate for being safe and well-led and requires improvement for being effective, care and responsive.

A CQC spokesperson for adult social care in the North, said: “The care provided at Chester House Care Home was of a poor standard.

“Medicines administration records for prescribed creams lacked detailed instructions and were unclear. In addition not all staff had undertaken training or updates as required by the provider which meant people were at risk of receiving unsafe and inappropriate care.

“We saw that individual care files lacked comprehensive, detailed information to make sure care was delivered safely. They were difficult to navigate and cross reference with other care plan information such as individual risk assessments. Information contained in all of the care plans we examined was out of date. Some information held in the care plans extended as far back as 2010 and the registered manager confirmed the information was no longer relevant.”

To read the full report, click here.

Deneside Court is a 40 bed purpose built home and provides residential and nursing care to adults with learning disabilities and physical and neurological disabilities.

The home was rated inadequate for being safe, effective, responsive and well-led and requires improvement for being caring.

Deneside was previously inspected in March after concerns were raised by health and social care professionals and the police over medicines management.

Ros Sanderson, head of adult social care in Newcastle, Northumberland and South of Tyne for CQC, said:  “The overall lack of permanently employed, suitably skilled staff was a great cause of concern to us.

“We were also worried about the safety of staff as well as those living at Deneside Court. They told us that they did not feel safe supporting people with challenging behaviours, and we found that there wasn’t a robust system for them to summon support to keep both themselves and people using the service safe.

“We are working with local partners including South Tyneside Council to ensure the safety of people using this service.”

To read the full report, click here.

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