CQC Orders Improvements For Three Oxford Elderly Care Providers

Two Care Homes And One Home-Care Provider Rated Inadequate

09.04.2015

Specialist medical negligence lawyers at Irwin Mitchell have called for immediate improvements at two care homes and one home-care provider in Oxford after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) ordered the organisations to make improvements to standards.

Beech Court Nursing Home was criticised for failing to provide safe and well-led care, with poor arrangements for fire evacuations, and inadequate efforts to prevent pressure sores for patients.

Brookefield Care Home was found to lack caring service by the CQC, and required improvement in four out of five fields. A spokesperson for the home said that an action plan for improvement had already been implemented.

Home-care provider Caremark, meanwhile, failed to meet all five standards and provided inadequate information on day-to-day care, despite people receiving care being generally complimentary of the staff.

In the past twelve months, 31 of the county's 164 care providers have failed to meet all of the CQC standards.

Concerns were raised at Beech Court Nursing Home around the death of a 91-year-old resident last year. Diane Harris reported the home to the CQC and social services just before her father's death. "I'm angry because clearly eight months after my dad died nothing has changed," she said.

If you or a loved one has been neglected whilst in a Care Home which resulted in Pressure Sores, our Medical Negligence Solicitors could help you to claim compensation. See our Pressure Sores Claims page for more information.

Expert Opinion
Resident and patient safety should always be the top priority for any organisation providing care and treatment and it is very concerning that these care homes have not been providing the best possible standards of care. In our work representing the families who have lost loved ones as a result of failings at care homes we understand the devastating consequences poor care standards can have.

“A worrying series of issues have been highlighted by the Care Quality Commission at these Oxford-based facilities and care providers and it is vital that management and staff examine the problems identified by the CQC with the aim of making immediate improvements. Residents in nursing and care homes are dependent and vulnerable. It is disturbing to hear, once again, that maintaining the wellbeing of residents has been found lacking.
Ian Christian, Partner