A HEALTH watchdog has raised further concerns about a care home in Oswaldtwistle, after the third inspection in six months.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said there was a ‘lack of meaningful activities’ for dementia sufferers at White Ash Brook, while drinks were served in an ‘institutional’ way and some care plans were insufficient in detail.
The ‘moderate’ concerns were raised after an inspection at the Thwaites Road home in February.
In January, White Ash Brook received an enforcement order from the CQC, which is reserved for serious or repeated breaches.
The regulator said outstanding concerns over the recording, stock control and staff training around medicines had not been addressed, despite an action plan being drawn up after a previous inspection.
The home recently appointed a new manager and is still in the process of providing evidence to the CQC to show these issues have been dealt with.
New issues were spotted during the February 5 inspection, however. Inspectors said: “Although music was played opportunities for people to take part in any meaningful activities was very limited.
“Moreover, we saw that when people were inclined to walk about no attempt was made to provide them with a more meaningful activity.
“At lunchtime on the dementia unit we saw that people were taken to the dining tables at 12 noon and given a hot drink before the meal was served. Most people had finished their drink before the meal was served at 12.25pm.
“Moreover, people were not offered a drink with their meal. Serving drinks in this way is institutional and does not promote the dignity of people using the service.”
The home was found to be meeting the two other essential standards examined, with several positive comments made by the inspectors.
A spokesman for Mimosa Healthcare said: “We are currently working through the report so would not wish to comment at this stage until we can provide a more detailed response to the report’s conclusions.”