A care home in Southwark has once again failed to make the required improvements to move out of ‘special measures’. The current provider, Four Seasons Ltd, is now under serious threat of having their registration of the service being revoked unless significant improvements are made.
The Burgess Park Care Home was inspected earlier this year by the national Care Quality Commission. The findings make for grim reading with:
- Residents not receiving safe care and treatment that met their needs
- Medicines not being provided to residents in a safe way
- A continued breach of good governance
- Health conditions of tenants not managed well and at risk from deterioration
The overall rating that the CQC awarded the care home was ‘Inadequate’ which means Burgess Park will continue to remain in ‘special measures’. The CQC is now considering the appropriate response to resolve the problems.
An embargo, which sees Council officers unable to recommend elderly residents in need of care to the care home, is currently in place at Burgess Park. This is despite the care home not operating at full capacity and a chronic need for additional places for elderly residents in need of full-time care in the borough.
There was, however, some more positive news from a separate care home in Southwark as Tower Bridge Care Home, found at the Bricklayers Arms, was recently awarded a ‘Good’ rating having also recently been under special measures.
Southwark Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Adult Social Care, Councillor Maria Linforth-Hall (pictured), said:
“I was delighted to hear that Tower Bridge care home had recently been awarded a ‘Good’ rating by the CQC after being in special measures. A lot of work has been done to improve the home after I had raised serious concerns with local council officers, and the company that manages the home, about the condition in which many elderly residents lived in.”
“Despite this success, as the recent inspection at Burgess Park shows, there is still significant work to be done to provide high-quality and accessible care accommodation for elderly residents across the borough. I will be calling on council officers to continue the embargo till significant improvements can be made to the Burgess Park Care Home."