May 4, 2022 3.30 pm

Inspection triggered by resident’s death found care home ‘requires improvement’

A coroner’s investigation is underway into the sad death

By Local Democracy Reporter

A care home inspected after the death of a resident has been told it needs to improve.

The incident at Meadows Court Care Home in Skegness is still under investigation, but concerns were raised about the care home’s environmental safety and how residents were admitted.

The Care Quality Commission found measures currently in place didn’t always keep residents safe.

No details have been made public about the circumstances of the resident’s death.

The home on Hogsthorpe in Skegness was providing care for 16 people aged over 65 years old at the time of the unannounced inspection in February.

It was given an overall rating of ‘requires improvement’, as well as the same grade for three of the five criteria – safe, effective and well-led. It was rated ‘good’ for ‘caring and responsive’.

Quality monitoring systems were in place, the report found, but didn’t always identify shortfalls.

The care home looks after elderly residents | Photo: Adobe Stock

It also found staff knew how to manage risks, although care plans didn’t always reflect residents’ current needs.

Inspectors also found breaches of COVID-19 infection control management.

The report says: “The inspection was prompted in part by notification of a specific incident. Following which a person using the service died. This incident is subject to a coronial investigation. As a result, this inspection did not examine the circumstances of the incident.

“The information CQC received about the incident indicated concerns about the management of environmental safety and admission to the service. This inspection examined those risks.”

Meadows Court has been instructed to send the CQC a report of how they will improve standards in the required areas.

The manager of the care home said they were unable to comment on the report due to the ongoing coroner’s investigation.