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Watchdog’s concern on Limetree House in Upper Poppleton
A CARE home near York has been rapped by a watchdog over poor cleanliness and management of medicines.
The Care Quality Commission has called for a series of improvements at Limetree House in Upper Poppleton, which provides accommodation for up to 26 older people.
It says in a report that when it carried out an inspection in August, it found the overall service was dirty and in need of a deep clean.
“We noted a lot of cobwebs and dusty surfaces, with dead insects in many of the light fittings,” it says.
“One person living there commented it had been a waste of time buying the fish tank in the lounge as it was so dirty they couldn’t actually see the fish in it.”
The report says inspectors found commodes, the undersides of toilet seats and a bath seat were dirty and stained, and some equipment was rusty and so could not easily be cleaned.
It says a community healthcare infection prevention and control nurse was asked to visit the service with the CQC, to look at cleanliness and infection-control measures, having visited the home last November and provided advice and recommendations. “On this visit, she found little evidence that any of her recommendations had been actioned by the service.”
The report also says the home did not have appropriate arrangements in place to manage medicines, saying residents were not always getting theirs at the times they needed them and in a safe way.
However, it says practically all the residents told the inspectors that they were happy living at Limetrees and that their care needs were being well met.
A spokeswoman for Roseville Care Homes Ltd, owners of Limetree House, said a series of steps had been taken to address the CQC’s concerns.
She said the home’s domestic cleaner had gone on long-term sick at the time of the inspection but had since been replaced by another cleaner who worked longer hours.
The dead insects in the light fittings were from a wasps’ nest nearby which had been removed, while the fish tank’s pump and filter had been replaced.
She said a full medical audit had recently been carried out and concluded all was now well.
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