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MetiNews.Com - Kintyre House in Invergordon has been blasted by care watchdogs for its "weak" response to the pandemic - just months after the scandal surrounding a dementia patient.
Breaking News ! A care home that hit the headlines when a patient was found face down and bleeding in a road has been blasted by watchdogs over “serious concerns” around its Covid-19 response. We revealed in January how 79-year-old dementia sufferer Irene Marandola was found freezing and badly injured at 2.30am after wandering more than a mile from Kintyre House in Invergordon, Ross-shire. A probe by the Care Inspectorate concluded that the pensioner had been repeatedly failed by her carers and now it has branded the home’s care during the coronavirus pandemic as “weak”. An unannounced inspection in recent weeks raised concerns in relation to the safeguarding of residents’ health and wellbeing, infection control practices and staffing arrangements in light of the virus. Care operator Sanctuary apologised for the failures yesterday, saying it was “working tirelessly” to make improvements. In April The Care Inspectorate issued a damning verdict on the case of Irene, who was able to leave the home through a fire door and was later found by police with face and hand injuries that needed hospital treatment. Dementia sufferer Irene needed hospital treatment following the incident (Image: Daily Record) Read More Related Articles Vulnerable gran found bleeding in road a mile from nursing home was failed by staff It said there was evidence that Irene was “not provided with appropriate support and supervision to keep her safe from harm”. It also noted failings in her personal care, giving of medication, communication with her family and staff training to support dementia sufferers. Irene’s daughter Denise disputed the amount of time her mum went missing, saying she is incapable of walking a mile and a quarter in the 40 minutes that had supposedly passed. She called for the home to be closed down, telling the Record her mum’s treatment was “diabolical” and saying she “could have been killed”. Irene's daughter Denise has called for the home to be shut down (Image: Hector MacKenzie) The home was sold by owners Lorimer Care Homes soon after the incident and is now operated by Sanctuary Care. During the latest visit on July 3, inspectors noted “serious concerns regarding meeting aspects of people’s healthcare needs”, saying they were concerned about the nutritional care plans of two residents and found food and fluid logs incomplete. They also noted concerns over pain management in relation to a patient. The report added: “People’s decisions, choices, and preferences in relation to end-of-life care were not included in their care plans. Read More Related Articles How to get the latest Scottish news stories sent straight to your inbox with our newsletters Read More Related Articles No new coronavirus deaths in Scotland for 15th day but 30 new cases “Anticipatory Care Alerts and Do Not Resuscitate information had not been updated since the Covid-19 outbreak.” Inspectors found there was no day-to-day plan for residents to have contact with relatives or scheduled activities and also blasted staff over a lack of infection control measures and hygiene. The report said: “There were bags of rubbish left on the floor in corridors for over an hour. There was a used tissue left on a handrail and part of a used apron left on a person’s bedroom floor. Corners of one toilet area and the sluice room were dusty.
. The watchdog said: “This overall lack of attention to cleanliness and tidiness places people at increased risk of infection. “We were told that there was no specific risk assessment in place in line with Health Protection Scotland (HPS) COVID-19 Information and Guidance for Care Home Settings in relation to visitors. This does not support current guidance and the lack of direction for staff potentially places themselves and people at risk.” The inspection also found no masks available for visitors at reception and some staff were either not wearing face masks, or they were not being used correctly.
The injury to Irene Marandola's hand
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It found “no recognition” of the recent changes issued by HPS in relation to the use of gloves, a poor laundry system and insufficient training of staff. The report said: “These observations give us cause for serious concern. The lack of attention to the environment which includes the lack of enhanced cleaning, coupled with poor staff practice and the lack of appropriate training, places people and staff at risk of harm. In the event of an outbreak this could potentially be difficult to manage.”
Inspectors found staff had not met requirements laid out in a previous visit in March, but on a follow up visit on June 17, they said steps had been taken to ensure people were living in a safe and well looked after environment. However, the home had failed once again to meet the requirement that all staff are trained to prevent and manage an outbreak of Covid-19 and following all health guidance. A further visit will take place this month. The Care Inspectorate said: “We evaluated the service to be performing at a weak level. There were some strengths that could be identified but were outweighed or compromised by significant weaknesses.”
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Sheila O’Connor, Director of Operations at Sanctuary Care, said: “While we are disappointed at this news and are sorry care has fallen short of the standards we expect, we are working closely with Care Inspectorate and NHS Highland to address the concerns and make improvements to the quality of care. “We remain committed to delivering a service that is centred on our residents’ wellbeing and happiness, and we can reassure their families that our staff are working tirelessly to ensure everyone at the home receives the high standard of care they deserve.”
Kintyre House in Invergordon has been heavily criticised by the care watchdog
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Meanwhile, a Large Scale Investigation (LSI) by various agencies including social work and NHS Highland has also been launched to look at earlier concerns raised about nutrition and staff training. An NHS Highland spokesman said: “NHS Highland has commenced a large scale investigation at Kintyre care home in Invergordon following concerns raised after an unannounced inspection at the care home by the Care Inspectorate. “The LSI is being conducted under Adult Support and Protection legislation after concerns were raised in respect of the wellbeing of residents; environment and staff training and support.”
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