Tales of the Uninspected

Welcome to our collection of Reports on Care Homes conducted by Eileen Chubb on behalf of Compassion in Care.

...This week a coroners inquest ruled that 85 year old Alan Simper died from multiple infected bedsores as a result of care failings in home 60....His wife had found him naked but for a pad, on the floor on all fours covered in bruises and congealed blood....he was taken to hospital and found to have 18 infected bedsores which had old dressings on them, he died shortly after......

....This means that residents are developing pressure sores for the want of basic care. The company may provide all the right bits of paper but even the pretense of care is not evident as all the sheets are left blank...people with pressure sores were not even being treated or given pain relief...These wounds were the result of deliberate neglect.....

.....Either the inspectors noted an air of excitment or they did not, they cannot seriously state they were told there was an air of excitment. secondly how can you anticipate a surprise party? The remainder of the evidence in this section consists of quoting what the previous inspection report said.....

......This page states that the authorities had been contacted with concerns about piles of clinical waste stacked up outside the home. Action was needed as the disgusting state of this home had now spilled into the street. However in just 15 days, without having to meet a single outstanding requirement the CQC up this home from zero to one star without even the pretense of any evidence to support this....

.....You can take a resident out of a nursing home and put them in the very best five star hotel, you can serve them award winning food on a tray at regular intervals but if they cannot get the food from the plate into their mouth then they will slowly and surely starve to death or die of thirst..... The CQC might be better suited to inspecting hotels......

.....Residents are prescribed pain relief because they need it, anyone who has ever suffered pain will know the impact on both the physical and emotional quality of life. To suffer pain is bad enough but to suffer it for the want of painkillers is another thing, CQC grade this section good.....

.....Half the staff on duty raise serious concerns about lack of care but these concerns are raised with the CQC inspector and not with the home manager who the CQC describe as " Approachable"....The CQC conclude the staff need more training about who to report concerns to.....Its the CQC who need training in how to protect staff raising concerns......What this company expects from its staff would not be out of place in a Dickons novel.....

......One resident who was highly distressed and another not wearing any clothing were ignored by staff.....The CQC state that residents have been abused by staff... Throughout this period the CQC did not once visit the home......

.....This is not a home where people feel they can voice concerns. Hold meetings that no one ever attends, asking questions in surveys no one ever fills in is not my idea of feedback......Relatives have raised concerns outside the home......

.....The NMC strike off nurse P. Smith for sleeping on duty and dangerous administration of medication.....The same home one year later and the NMC strike off nurse I Haskins for administering dangerous un-prescribed drugs and falsifying medical records.....This home is rated excellent by the CQC......

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