Care home residents forced to sleep in soiled bedding
ELDERLY residents at a dirty and foul-smelling care home were left to sleep in soiled bedding to ‘minimise laundry’, a damning report has revealed.
Staff at The Vicarage Residential Care Home in Audenshaw told the Care Quality Commission they were only supposed to change the bottom sheet of a soiled bed and leave the quilt cover on to reduce the amount of washing.
Inspectors said in their report: “We visited one person’s bedroom and found they had a thin crash mat at the side of their bed that was soiled with faeces.
“We also saw that the wall at the side of their bed was soiled with faeces. We requested this room be cleaned as soon as possible.
“Staff told us that when changing bedding they had been told to only change the bottom sheet of a soiled bed and to leave the quilt cover on to minimise the amount of laundry.”
The home was thrown into special measures by the health watchdog after being rated ‘ inadequate’ following an inspection in May.
Bosses say that they are working hard to address l● all the concerns and are confident they will have rectified most, if not all, of them ahead of the next inspection.
According to the report there were 28 people living at The Vicarage when inspectors visited – 24 of whom were suffering with dementia.
CQC chiefs described the building as ‘unclean and malodorous’, and said that one cleaner being employed three hours a day to clean a ‘large, twostorey building with 28 bedrooms and a basement’, was not enough.
The report added: “We found the vinyl chairs used by people for sitting in the lounge were dirty, sticky and we found unidentified tablets stuck to the side of one chair. We requested all the chairs were checked and cleaned during our inspection.
“On several occasions we found there was no hand washing soap in dispensers and requested they were filled.
“Baths were not clean and we found a number of items in bathrooms that may cause harm to people.
“Items we found included soiled shoes, a razor blade, disinfectant and a soiled continence product.”
Inspectors also wit- nessed a member of staff shout at a resident during a meal time and remove them from the dining room.
They said the person was ‘clearly distressed’, and that they had reported the incident to the registered manager and requested a safeguarding alert was sent to the local authority to conduct an investigation.
The report raised concerns about safe staffing levels, with just two people working overnight to care for 28 residents. However, the inspection did find that ‘robust and safe recruitment practices’ had been followed when employing staff to care for vulnerable people.
It added that inspectors had watched some caring and attentive interactions between staff and residents, saying: “For example, one staff member was sat holding a person’s hand whilst they were singing together in the lounge.”
Overall, The Vicarage was rated inadequate in each of the five key areas – safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.
Registered manager Anand Pooloogadoo said they were disappointed in the report’s findings, and stressed that the home was working hard to meet requirements.
He said: “We believe there are systems that need to be put in place and we are really driven by the fact that we have to work harder to meet the expectations and stand- ards that are required.
“It is a difficult time for the home, but I can assure you we do look after our residents.
“We are working very closely with the quality improvement team and have an action plan in place.”
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The Vicarage Residential Care Home in Audenshaw