Underperforming care home threatened with action
A BEDMINSTER care home has been told to improve or face enforcement action by the health regulator.
The Care Quality Commission says Honeymead Care Home is not doing enough to protect residents and ensure residents receive safe and appropriate care.
Inspectors carried out a follow-up inspection at the West Street home in November to see if improvements had been made since a previous visit in August.
They will now carry out another unannounced inspection to see whether the latest concerns have been dealt with.
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If the necessary improvements have not been made Mimosa Healthcare, which runs the home, could face a fine or restrictions to its work.
The report published following the latest inspection said that staff at the care home were not doing enough to protect residents from choking.
They said: "People's health and welfare was at risk because unsafe food and drink had been given.
"Staff did not have the necessary information and knowledge to meet people's nutritional needs in a safe manner."
Despite the concerns that came out of the most recent visit, CQC inspectors found that improvements had been made in four of the national standards that the care home had been failing to meet during the previous inspection. It was found that residents were now being involved in their care plans, and staff had received training in safeguarding residents from abuse.
The inspectors also found that, while concerns about the protection of residents were being investigated during the previous visit, as reported in The Post last September, the number of safeguarding incidents has now reduced.
Staff at the home were found to be properly trained during the visit and accurate records were being kept, which helped ensure residents were protected from the risks of unsafe or inappropriate care.
A spokesman for Mimosa Healthcare said it had informed the CQC that Honeymead was now fully compliant with the requirements.
"The wellbeing and safety of our residents is our primary objective and when the standards expected by CQC, our residents and their families – and the exacting standards we set ourselves – fall short, we move quickly to ensure that the necessary improvements are implemented quickly and efficiently," he said.
"Mimosa was disappointed to find that the CQC inspection found some inadequacies in our standards.
"However, we are pleased to report that Honeymead is now fully compliant and offering our residents the high standards of care expected."