Nursing home back on track

Adderley Care Home, Long Sutton.
Adderley Care Home, Long Sutton.
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A CARE home in Long Sutton is now providing an adequate level of care for its residents after falling short earlier this year.

Adderley Care Home was ordered to take immediate action to improve in six areas of the service it provides to up to 72 people after an inspection by the Care Quality Commission in January.

It was given until March to meet standards, but a further inspection discovered areas still requiring improvement.

But when inspectors returned in April the home was deemed to have reached the necessary benchmarks, according to a recently-published report.

Among the problems noted in March was that residents had little stimulation and care workers were not skilled in delivering their care needs.

Some of the staff were working in areas, such as the dementia unit, where they had little or no experience as they covered for colleagues who were attending training.

But by April, the inspector said care and treatment was delivered in a way that ensured residents’ safety and welfare, although there were still a couple of areas of concern.

The report said the inspector witnessed one care worker act inappropriately towards a resident when they became agitated and saw another enter the home’s lounge wearing plastic gloves to ask someone if they needed to go to the toilet – leading to concerns about staff respecting residents’ dignity.

The report also highlighted problems caused by staff feeling “unsettled” by frequent changes in the management team.

The home, which was in administration and being managed by Healthcare Management Solutions, had seen three new managers within six months.

When the inspectors visited in April, there had been a complete change in the management with the divisional director of HCMS, who was overseeing the home, saying they were looking to have a period of stability.