Care Home not providing records of how it spent residents money

Ombudsman criticises care home for not providing records of how it spent resident’s money.

The warning comes after Hamilton Care Ltd failed to provide a solicitor with     relevant financial records for his client.

The solicitor had been appointed to act for the woman by the court as the  woman’s dementia meant she was not able to look after her finances herself.
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Care home fined £46k+ after woman dies in fire 2019.

The court heard Elder Healthcare was not to blame for the woman’s death in a sheltered flat connected to the care home in Douglas in November 2019. However, “shortcomings” were found in fire safety training and  procedures. Since its fire safety training has been updated.

An electrical fault caused a blaze at the woman’s home which connected to Elder Grange care home.

Smoke & heat detectors were linked to the nurse call centre at the home which is required to give emergency assistance to the residence in sheltered. Detector was switched off.
The hearing was told that a smoke detector had triggered the call system, but staff could not work out which flat the alarm related to due to problems with the documentation & contact lists. The lady died in hospital.
Elder Healthcare was fined £46,000 & to pay a further £4,000 in prosecution costs and  that the firm needed to be aware
“this must never happen again”.  Details

 

Care home fined £30,000  plus costs of £7500 over woman’s death after wheelchair fall . 

The court found New Lodge Nursing Care & its manager, had failed to provide safe care & treatment to the resident who died in hospital after fracturing her thigh bone following the fall.
The Manager was also ordered to pay a fine of £800.

The court heard that in September 2018, the resident  was found on the floor of the lounge of the home by a member of staff after falling out of her wheelchair.

No medical assistance was requested and no notification of the accident reported to the CQC or any other regulatory body for nine days.

When the accident was notified it was reported that the resident had fallen & broken her hip after opening the lap belt in her wheelchair.
It was later established that no lap belt had been in place.

The resident was taken to hospital after her family called for an ambulance during a visit. She later sadly died after developing broncho-pneumonia, which can be a complication following a femoral fracture. Read

Isle of Man Care Home fined £46k after woman dies in fire

Care home fined £46k after woman dies in fire

Care home, Elder Healthcare, which runs on the Isle of Man, has been fined £46,000 for health and safety breaches after a 95-year-old died in a fire in 2019.

The court heard Elder Healthcare was not to blame for the death of Olive Renecle, who died in a sheltered flat connected to the care home in Douglas on 17th November 2019. However, Deemster, Graeme Cook, said “shortcomings” were found in fire safety training and procedures.

Elder Healthcare has since said its fire safety training has been updated.

An electrical fault caused a blaze at Ms. Renecle’s home on Fuchsia Lane, which connected to Elder Grange care home.

Smoke and heat detectors were linked to the nurse call centre at the home which is required to give emergency assistance to the residence in sheltered accommodation on Fuchsia Lane and Fuchsia Court.

The hearing was told that a smoke detector had triggered the call system, but staff could not work out which flat the alarm related to due to problems with the documentation and contact lists.

Checks were made in the home, but not in the sheltered flats 100m (0.6miles) away – which included flat 32 – owned by Olive Renecle. The alarm was temporarily switched off and no one contacted the fire service.

A neighbour called 999 after noticing smoke coming from the flat, and firefighters did attend the scene. Olive was taken to hospital but later died.

Elder Healthcare was fined £46,000 and ordered to pay a further £4,000 in prosecution costs with Deemster Cook saying that the firm needed to be aware “this must never happen again”.

The company claims it has since updated its contact lists and training, and fire risk assessments have now been put in place.

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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.

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Coroners report -Care home fire in 2017 resulting in two deaths.

Regulation 28 report to Prevent future Deaths by HM Senior Coroner for Hertfordshire, Geoffrey Sullivan, on the 10th Feb 2022.

This relates to a Care home fire in 2017 resulting in two deaths.

Two matters of concern were raised.

The MATTERS OF CONCERN are as follows. – (1) That sprinkler systems are not a mandatory requirement for care homes whose occupants have either limited or no independent mobility and are therefore at higher risk from fire.

(2) That care homes whose occupants have either limited or no independent mobility, and are therefore at higher risk from fire, are not deemed to be ‘Higher Risk Buildings’ unless they are at least 18m in height or at least 7 storeys high
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Emollient and Skin creams reminder ref Bupa fine

Emollient and Skin creams
Reminder from previous incidents

Safe use of emollient skin creams to treat dry skin conditions –
Skin creams, sometimes known as emollients are used by many
people every day to help treat dry skin conditions.
The creams are easily transferred from skin onto clothing, bedding and bandages. Tests and research have shown that the dried-on cream makes the fabric more flammable and the resulting fire burns quickly and intensely, resulting in serious injury or death. It’s important for anyone using these creams to avoid any naked flame.
We have raised this issue in previous eNews editions and have been asked to repeat.


GOV.UK Safe use of emollients video
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