Damning report in to failing care home

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A care home where a 100-year-old woman died after a fall has been banned from admitting new residents.

Central Beds Council has taken the decision to stop admissions at Meppershall Care Home due to concerns over the standards of care there.

The move follows a highly critical report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) which made an unannounced inspection in May.

Inspectors found that the standard of care provided at the home was below an acceptable standard in every area that was looked at.

The home has been asked to provide a report to the CQC outlining how it will improve.

Areas of particular concern included standards of cleanliness at the home.

During their visit inspectors found human faeces and other spillages on the floor of a bathroom, while a staff member was seen to pick up porridge that had been dropped onto a chair and put it back into a resident’s bowl.

A spokesman for GA projects, the company that runs the home said: “We acknowledge and accept the shortcomings of the report, and we are working hard with the authorities to bring the home back up to the standard it should be, and to the standard or our other homes.”

The home is still being investigated by the Health and Safety Executive after an 
inquest found that May Ward died of multiple injuries sustained in the fall from a hoist in 2010.