A CARE home has been placed in special measures after concerns were raised over the safety of its residents.
Addison Court, in Addison Street, Accrington, was given an overall rating as ‘inadequate’ by Care Quality Commission inspectors.
Inspectors found that some people were at risk of harm because modified diets to prevent choking risks had not always been followed.
Watchdogs also said that medicines had not been managed safely.
A CQC report, published recently following the June inspection, rated the home as inadequate for its safety and leadership, while the home was given a requires improvement rating for its responsiveness and effectiveness and a good rating for its care.
The report reads: “Some people were at risk of harm because medicines had not been managed safely.
“Some people were at risk of harm because modified diets to prevent choking risks had not always been followed.
“Some people may not have had the right support to maintain their hydration because they regularly did not drink enough fluid and the service had not taken action to address this.
“Some people with diabetes had been at risk due to their care plan either not being present or not being followed.
“The governance systems in place had not identified the concerns we had found.”
However, the home which provides personal and nursing care to up to 50 people, was praised for its care.
Inspectors said the people they spoke with were happy with the quality of the care they received and praised the kindness and friendliness of the staff.
A spokesman for the home said it took the CQC’s report across all areas extremely seriously and that it was implementing a comprehensive action plan to address areas for concern.
The spokesman said: A new home manager has recently started.
“Our nurses are working with senior management to provide additional oversight around medicine management.
“Care plans have been updated to better reflect the individual needs of residents, and staff are receiving further training in supporting residents with dietary requirements at meal times.
“The wellbeing of all our residents is of paramount importance to us.
“We continue to work closely with the CQC to ensure that we deliver the high standard of care our residents and their relatives expect,” added the spokesman.