Care Quality Commission finds 'poor' conditions at Bolton home

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A report into a Bolton care home which was temporarily closed over safety concerns has found its residents have been living in "poor" conditions.

The Ladymead Nursing & Residential Home in Heaton was shut in January following an unannounced inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The CQC's report found problems in five areas, including the management of medicines and patient records.

Owners Icon Healthcare (UK) Ltd were unavailable for comment.

The 26-bed home will remain closed until improvements have been made to bring it in line with health and safety standards.

The CQC findings found fault in the areas of care and welfare, management of medicines, building safety, assessment of service quality and patient records.

The inspection team found that "accommodation provided to people was of a poor standard and did not meet the needs of the people who lived at the home" and that "people who used the service cannot be confident that the safety of the premises was in line with current legislation".

Inspectors also detailed staff reports of there being "no residents'/relatives' meetings" and "no meaningful activities and stimulation", and found "records were incomplete or had been wrongly filled in".

Ladymead describes itself a small family-run residential and nursing home with 26 beds specialising in the care of the elderly.

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