Seaside care home slammed after Covid rules not followed

Elm Tree residential home in Elm Tree Avenue, Frinton-on-Sea, has been rated 'inadequate' by health inspectors - Credit: Google Maps

A care home for people with dementia is in special measures after inspectors raised fears over infection control during Covid-19.

Care Quality Commission inspectors visited Elm Tree, in Frinton-on-Sea, in December and published their findings in a report this week.

The 46-bed home was rated 'inadequate' with particular concerns about safety and leadership, down from the second-highest rating of 'good' awarded in March 2020.

15 Feb 2021

Lancashire nursing home placed in special measures by CQC

Cleveleys Nursing Home in Lancashire has been placed in special measures after a CQC inspection identified “serious risks” to patient safety.

The home in Cleveleys, which is registered to care for up to 32 older people, was rated Inadequate for safety and leadership following an inspection in December.

The inspection was carried out following concerns raised about the care of patients and the infection, prevention and control measures in place to protect people from COVID-19.

11 Feb 2021

Charity launches free therapy sessions for 'utterly broken' care workers struggling with anxiety, depression and PTSD

Care workers are struggling with insomnia, anxiety, depression and PTSD due to the COVID-19 pandemic according to the Care Workers Charity, which is offering free therapy sessions to help them with their mental health.

Care workers in both care homes and home care have been on the frontline during the pandemic caring for the vulnerable and the isolated.

Care home workers have had to cope with deaths on a scale they haven’t experienced before with some of them even moving into the home and away from the support of their families to protect residents from the virus.

11 Feb 2021

Care home where inspectors found staff not wearing masks or social distancing placed in special measures 

Hillbrook Grange, in Stockport, has been rated as ‘inadequate’ following a visit by health watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

A care home where inspectors found staff not wearing masks or adhering to social distancing rules has been placed in special measures.

Hillbrook Grange, in Stockport, has been rated as ‘inadequate’ following a visit by health watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

10 Feb 2021

Care homes failed by lack of PPE during UK Covid first wave, say MPs

Care homes were left exposed and vulnerable by a lack of personal protective equipment early in the pandemic, while the government’s handling of the procurement left ministers open to accusations of conflicts of interest, MPs have found.

A damning report published on Wednesday by the Commons public accounts committee (PAC) concludes that the Department of Health and Social Care’s decision to prioritise hospitals for PPE meant care home workers and residents were not properly protected.

10 Feb 2021

Much more work needed to vaccinate vulnerable people, NCF says

Much more work needs to be done to vaccinate vulnerable people supported in social care and the wider care workforce, according to the National Care Forum (NCF).

The NCF highlighted that people with a mild or moderate learning disability, such as autism, were not in the first phase priority group for vaccinations despite Public Health England data showing their COVID-19 deaths rates were up to four times higher than the general population.

Kathy Roberts, CEO of The Association of Mental Health Providers – the leading representative body for voluntary and community sector mental health organisations in England and Wales – and Chair of the Care Provider Alliance, said people with severe mental illness should be added to the priority list.

09 Feb 2021
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