Not for profit care home provider, The Fremantle Trust, has announced the closure of Carey Lodge in Wing, Buckinghamshire after it was rated Inadequate by the CQC.
The Trust said Buckinghamshire Council’s decision to move local authority funded residents from the home had “sadly made closure the only viable course of action for us”.
The CQC inspection was carried out on 27 July due concerns over the service’s leadership and potential risks to residents.
Inspectors found people at serious risk due to not receiving enough food and drink with some having gone over 12 hours without being offered a drink, and one person waiting over 17 hours.
Many areas of the home were found unclean with no correct storage of hazardous waste and the CQC also had major concerns about people’s safety if a fire or emergency happened with some staff not knowing how many people were in the building and fire equipment stored in appropriate areas.
As a result of the inspection, at the time of which 52 people were living at the home, the rating of the service fell from Requires Improvement to Inadequate.
Helen Eyers, Care Quality Director at the Fremantle Trust, said: “We accept most of the findings in the CQC report and take full responsibility for them. We set high standards for all our care homes and we’re profoundly sorry that, in Carey Lodge’s case, we weren’t able to meet them.
“We understand the closure of Carey Lodge is disruptive for its residents and their families, whom we’ve talked to about what’s happening. The residents’ wellbeing is our top priority and we’re working with them, their families and Buckinghamshire Council to make sure they can move to the most appropriate new homes as easily as possible.”
Buckinghamshire Council said it had initiated a safeguarding enquiry following ongoing concerns raised by the CQC and its own safeguarding and monitoring process.
A spokesperson said: “The council continues to work closely with the Trust and the CQC to ensure the safety and wellbeing of residents is given the highest priority.
“A dedicated team of Buckinghamshire Council social care staff is now based at Carey Lodge. They have been speaking to all Buckinghamshire residents and their families to ensure they are fully involved in decisions around their support needs and in identifying somewhere else to live and receive care.”