A CARE home has been told its residents are bored and are not given enough stimulating activities.

Acorn House Care Centre in Blackburn was given a ‘requires improvement’ grade following a Care Quality Commission inspection in September.

An inspector said the care home broke social care rules relating to a lack of activities to prevent boredom.

A report also said people’s weight was not always being monitored, record keeping services were not good enough and there was were too few qualified workers.

The Whalley New Road home can care for up to 32 people and had 30 people in its care when the inspection took place.

It cares for people over the age of 65 with dementia and who require nursing or personal care.

The report said residents' boredom stemmed from a lack of activities taking place.

The inspector said: “We did not see any specific sensory activities that had been tailored for those people living with dementia to prevent boredom and keep them stimulated.

“We observed people sleeping in wheelchairs and chairs for long periods of time.

“Records showed one person had received two sessions with the activities co-ordinator in two months.”

One staff member was reported saying staff morale ‘is low’, with no open door policy to management, the report revealed.

The inspector said: “Whilst we found care plans contained a lot of information about the person, we found care plans did not always reflect people’s current healthcare needs and support.”

The report showed residents’ privacy and dignity was respected by all staff, one resident said staff were “kind” and "very, very good.”

The inspectors also saw residents were encouraged to be as independent as possible by staff.

A spokesman for the centre confirmed recruitment is underway for a replacement activity organiser.

The spokesman said: “In the interim period activity provision from external sources is in place.

“Senior managers are supporting staff in order to ensure that the necessary improvements are made and sustained.

“We look forward to demonstrating this when CQC next visit.”