Care home ‘unlawfully detained’ residents

Coombe Lodge Nursing Home, Nash Lee End, Wendover
Coombe Lodge Nursing Home, Nash Lee End, Wendover

A care home which looks after elderly people with dementia has been branded inadequate by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Following an inspection in May, the CQC published its findings saying that the Coombe Lodge care home in Wendover was unsafe.

The report reads: “ The service was not safe, people were being put at risk as staffing levels in the service did not reflect the needs of people living in the service.

“We received a high number of safeguarding alerts prior to our inspection which indicated people were potentially placed at risk.”

It added: “People were being deprived of their liberty unlawfully. Staff’s understanding of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Depravation of Liberty safeguards was poor.”

The report also said that the service was not well led, and that management did not respond when asked to provide details of staff training.

Activities at the home were also found to be selective, with some residents remaining in bed for long periods of time.

Coombe Lodge has capacity for 60 residents, but at the time of the inspection 33 were living there.

A spokesman for the home said: “We are committed to delivering person-centred care that meets the needs and preferences of our residents. We are very sorry that the care at Coombe Lodge has fallen below the standards that we expect all our homes to provide. We are working closely with Bucks County Council and the CQC and have agreed a collaborative action plan to address the areas for improvement.”