Glowing report into closing care home

Maria-Helena Care Home in Dawsmere and (below) owners Jaswant and Isabel Beeharry who were found dead in their car earlier this month in an apparent double suicide.

Maria-Helena Care Home in Dawsmere and (below) owners Jaswant and Isabel Beeharry who were found dead in their car earlier this month in an apparent double suicide.

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A CARE home at the centre of a mystery after its owners were found dead has received a glowing report into standards.

The Care Quality Commission report into Maria-Helena Care home in Dawsmere was published just days after the bodies of owners Jaswant and Isabel Beeharry were discovered in the back seat of their car in a Cambridgeshire lane.

Beeharrys

Beeharrys

Just hours before they died on June 9, the couple had written letters to relatives of residents announcing that the home was to close.

Police are not treating their deaths as suspicious and it is believed they may have taken their own lives.

An inquest has been opened and adjourned.

The report looks at whether the home is meeting essential standards in care and safety for the 33 people who live there.

The routine inspection on which it was based was carried out in May and found residents’ needs were being met and they were being well cared for.

In the report, inspectors say they spoke to a number of residents who had very positive things to say about their care.

One said: “I can’t fault the place, the care staff have been brilliant.”

The report details inspectors’ findings in five key areas.

l Respecting and involving people

l Care and welfare

l Safeguarding people from abuse

l Staffing

l Assessing and monitoring the quality of service

In judging the home, the inspector made their own observations as well as speaking to staff, residents and their relatives.

They found that people were supported in promoting their independence and community involvement and were given choices about the care and support they received.

Staffing levels were found to be sufficient and carers were observed giving reassurance and complimenting residents.

One relative had said: “We are very impressed with the love, kindness and care shown by the staff.”

Staff had also received a high level of training in various aspects of their work.

Lincolnshire County Council’s adult social care team is now working closely with staff to make alternative arrangements for residents when the home closes on July 8.