Reading care home provider ordered to pay – failing to provide safe care & treatment

A care provider has been ordered to pay £51,049.60 at Reading Magistrates’ Court, after it failed to protect a resident from avoidable harm.

Mulberry Care Limited, in Reading, Berkshire, was fined £40,000 in court on Thursday 17 February 2022. It was also ordered to pay a £181 victim surcharge and £10,868.60 costs to the CQC which brought this prosecution.

Mulberry Care Limited is a residential care home providing personal care to people aged 65 and over, who may have dementia.

On 26 July 2019, maintenance work was carried out in the home. As part of this, a door was removed and left against a wall in a communal hallway.

Two months later, on 8 September, a resident who suffered from dementia & osteoporosis, and known to be at risk of falling, was found on the floor with the door on top of her. She died at the hospital on 19 September 2019.