A care home operated by a Sussex care home operator under police investigation has been rated Inadequate.
The Laurels care home in Horsham, which is operated by Sussex Healthcare, remained in special measures following an inspection in November.
Sussex Healthcare (SHC) is subject to an ongoing police investigation into the deaths of 11 residents. The investigation initially covered 13 deaths but two of the cases being investigated were closed in July 2020 due to insufficient evidence.
The latest inspection of The Laurels, which cares for young adults with complex health needs, was carried out in response to concerns relating to residents’ safety.
Inspectors found there was unsafe assessment, monitoring and management of risk for people with support needs regarding behaviours that may challenge, choking, breathing, mobility and posture.
The CQC also found people were not always safeguarded from abuse and medicines were not always managed safely.
Jemima Burnage, CQC’s Head of Inspection for Adult Social Care in the South, said: “This report makes for concerning reading, although we do appreciate that this has been a difficult time, both for everyone involved at The Laurels and also for the local area as a whole.
“However, our first priority is always the welfare of the people who are living at the service. There remain continuing concerns at the service and we cannot allow people to be exposed to ongoing risks to their safety and well-being. As a result of the concerns which inspectors had, CQC will consider what further action we would want to take to ensure people who receive services from The Laurels are safe.”
An SHC spokesperson said: “Providing the highest quality of care for those we look after is our utmost priority and, as such, we are deeply disappointed by the latest report from the CQC.
“Following our own extensive review, we made the difficult decision at the end of 2020 to close our learning disability service at The Laurels. This is part of a wider review of our services in this area with the aim of enhancing the care we deliver in both the short and longer-term.
“This process is currently underway and every resident currently at The Laurels is having their placement reviewed individually. Our focus is to provide a seamless continuity of care for those we look after through this process.
“This change forms part of a wider programme of investment we are delivering across our estate. The Laurels is being reprovisioned so that it can provide modern, high-quality and appropriate care for older people, ensuring we can continue to support individuals and families across the region.”