An ambitious plan to create a retirement village in Long Sutton with its own cinema, restaurant and coffee shop that can be used by the community has been revealed after the care home it will replace was found requiring improvement on all levels.
Adderley Care Village closed in February – the same month the Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspected it and found it lacking in the safety of the service it offered, the refresher training of staff and its care of residents.
The inspection followed a previous CQC visit in August 2014, when the home – then in administration – was found to be not “meeting the legal requirements and regulations” in protecting residents against risk of infection.
Amber ARC Ltd bought it “warts and all” 18 months ago while it was in administration, with the intention of turning it round.
However, after beginning work on the 160-year-old listed building, previously owned by Stargate Partnership Ltd, the company decided it was not fit for purpose. Following consultation with staff, residents, relatives and the CQC, alternative accommodation was found and the home was closed for six months.
The latest CQC report spoke of staff being rushed and “not always deployed where people needed support”, residents being bored and having their activities cut short, lack of choice of mid-day meals putting people at risk of malnutrition, and the views of staff and residents not being taken into account.
Gary Sherwood, director of Adderley House Care Home, said: “It’s a real shame that the CQC did not inspect the home for the two years whilst it was in administration. Problems might have been picked up on and possibly prevented the unfortunate outcome for the people who lived and worked there.
“We will create a new fit for purpose modern facility which will offer 25 apartments for over-55s as part of a care village concept that will also have a small cinema, restaurant and coffee shop for the residents and local community.”