Rest home in Grantham improves after legal breaches

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A Grantham home for the elderly has made improvements since it was reported to be breaching legal requirements by not ensuring residents were being fed properly.

A report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) says that an unannounced visit to Castlegate House Rest Home in February revealed that the management of the home ‘did not operate reliable systems to ensure that people always had enough to eat and drink to promote their good health’.

The home, which can accommodate 20 people who need personal care, was given an action plan. The CQC said that the home had followed the action plan which meant it had met the legal requirements.

In its summary, the CQC said: “We found that the registered persons had robust systems to help people eat and drink enough. This assistance included checking how much some people had eaten and drunk and helping them to dine safely by reducing the risk of choking.

“In addition, staff had sought guidance from healthcare professionals when people needed special assistance such as having food supplements. These arrangements had enabled the registered persons to reliably provide people with the nutrition and hydration they needed.”

The CQC has given the rest home a ‘requires improvement’ grade. It said that while improvements had been made, it could not give a ‘good’ rating because it needed a longer term of consistent good practice. It will review the grade at its next visit.

The management at the home was unavailable for comment.