Smokers left unsupervised in Inadequate home


A home where smokers were left to smoke unsupervised has been placed into Special Measures by the CQC.

Oldbury Grange Nursing Home in Nuneaton, Warwickshire was rated Inadequate by the CQC following an inspection in March and April.

The CQC said: “One person that smoked cigarettes showed us a burn mark on their hand and told us this was from their cigarette, they indicated to us that their hands and arms were very jerky due to their health condition.

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“They also showed us numerous cigarette burn holes in their tee-shirt and coat, which they had been unable to prevent from happening due to their jerky movements.”

During its inspection, the CQC saw residents go outside to smoke in unsupervised areas.

One person’s care notes recorded that they had been smoking in the bathroom because they had forgotten that they were meant to go outside.

Inspectors also found that radiators were so hot in communal areas they could not be touched for more than a few seconds without risk of burning.

Oldbury Grange provides accommodation, personal and nursing care for up to 89 people, including those living with dementia.

To read the report, click here.

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