Coronavirus UK: Inferior care is offered in one in six households, says Watchdog

Nursing homes could cease operations after the Covid pandemic has marginalized the "fragile" sector, the CQC report warns

  • Almost every sixth nursing home treated its residents inferiorly in the past year
  • In one area, almost every fifth nursing home is “inadequate” or needs improvement
  • According to the CQC, numbers mask a deterioration in service that has occurred in some areas
  • Over 500 houses with 23,000 older residents who have been in need of improvement for five years
  • More than 1,200 once qualified as well, but have fallen back to the lower levels

Nursing homes could cease operations after the coronavirus pandemic has marginalized the "fragile" sector, the regulator said today.

The Care Quality Commission also found that nearly one in six nursing homes had provided inferior treatment to its frail and vulnerable residents in the past year.

In one area, the proportion of nursing homes that were dismissed as “inadequate” or had to be improved was almost one in five.

A scathing report by the CQC said these numbers masked the deterioration in service in some areas.

It added that the pandemic "has pushed social welfare even closer to the edge".

Carer Jane Ward and Resident Zoe McCullough on their rounds at Ashwood Court Nursing Home in Lowton, Warrington, in July. The nursing home mentioned above was rated "good".

An employee wiped down in a nursing home as a clinical study of a Covid-19 test in London

An employee wiped down in a nursing home as a clinical study of a Covid-19 test in London

Chief Executive Ian Trenholm said vendors are still struggling to see the impact of the government pledged money on the ground, adding, “These are companies that are already operating at razor-thin margins. Covid has made it even worse that money has to arrive for days instead of weeks and months. & # 39;

The inspection organization stated that more than 500 houses with 23,000 older residents have been continuously classified as in need of improvement for years.

One in THREE nursing home residents is still not getting the monthly Covid tests promised by the government

A third of people living in nursing homes in England haven't had a coronavirus test in a month, despite the government promising to have regular tests.

Of 32,000 residents who were asked if they had been tested in the past 30 days, only 62 percent said they had.

Officials said they would test all people living in nursing homes at least once a month to prevent the virus from breaking out among people who are at risk of dying from Covid-19.

To this end, at least 100,000 tests have been performed a day, and staff are regularly tested to keep an eye on the virus.

However, a survey by the Data Analysis Bureau found that one in three residents was not tested.

In-house testing seemed to peak in June when the UK outbreak subsided, but has now declined as the testing system is under pressure from thousands of members of the public who are tested every day.

The researchers said the residents of the care "remain at risk" until they are provided with regular, reliable tests.

More than 1,200 with 42,000 residents who were once classified as good but have slipped back into the lower range must be improved or the nursing home inadequate.

The results come from inspections of nursing homes in the fiscal year that ended in March – the same month the lockdown began.

The CQC said the lockdown, which resulted in nearly 20,000 nursing home residents dying from Covid-19 in three months, had resulted in overcrowded homes, residents turned away, loneliness and stress from visiting bans and serious financial problems for home owners.

Mr Trenholm called for major reforms. "Covid has marginalized welfare even closer and we need to make sure that action is taken now," he said.

During the pandemic, "the already fragile sector faced significant challenges in terms of timely access to PPE, testing and staffing – and support was less readily available than the NHS," he added.

Across England, around four in five out of 23,546 adult care homes were rated “good” and one in 20 was “excellent” in the year through March, the report said.

There were 186 houses that were newly rated as outstanding.

Of the remainder, 15 percent said they needed improvement and 1 percent said they were “inadequate”.

The worst ratings were in the West Midlands, where 19 percent were seen as insufficient or in need of improvement.

The report said: "Some of the poorest services have struggled to make improvements."

The CQC report was released as it assumed responsibility for selecting 500 homes exclusively for patients discharged from hospital after a positive Covid-19 test but too sick or disabled to go to To go home.

The first are due to open at the end of the month.