Cheam Cottage Nursing Home 'smelt of urine' say CQC

Cheam Cottage Nursing Home 'smelt of urine' say CQC

Cheam Cottage Nursing Home 'smelt of urine' say CQC

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A care home has been forced to make urgent improvements after inspectors reported a strong smell of urine.

Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and social care in England, found numerous problems with the Cheam Cottage Nursing Home when they inspected in November.

The CQC issued three formal warnings to Mr and Mrs J Dudhee, who run the home, after inspectors found "appropriate steps were not being taken to protect people living in the home from the risk of abuse".

In January, another inspection was carried which found the situation at the home had improved and the problems rectified.

Matthew Trainer, deputy director of CQC in London, said: "Our inspectors were pleased to find when they returned that, thanks to CQC’s intervention, the required changes had been made.

"CQC will continue to monitor the home closely to make sure that these improvements are sustained."

Mr Dudhee, in response to findings from the November inspection, claimed the CQC were making him a "scapegoat".

He said: "The residents here are very happy. There are people here with dementia and sometimes they have accidents."

A full report on the January inspection will be made available at www.cqc.org.uk.

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9:20am Tue 15 Jan 13

icarehome says...

Stories like this are all too common and expose the challenges of finding good standard care homes for older people. One strategy that could be adopted by the friends and relatives of older people living in care homes that don't meet essential standards is to help them switch to homes that provide decent services that treat people with dignity and respect. If we all did this, the poor homes would soon go out of business and the quality homes would flourish.
Stories like this are all too common and expose the challenges of finding good standard care homes for older people. One strategy that could be adopted by the friends and relatives of older people living in care homes that don't meet essential standards is to help them switch to homes that provide decent services that treat people with dignity and respect. If we all did this, the poor homes would soon go out of business and the quality homes would flourish. icarehome
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2:31pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Brianfromsutton says...

My friend's late parents were both in Cheam Cottage a few years ago, before they passed on and we were always impressed by the staff and the standard of care they received there.

Yes, finding a care home is a very difficult choice but Mr & Mrs Dudhee strived hard to provide a service to their residents which can be a very difficult thing to do.

Going round any geriatric hospital ward you regularly encounter the unpleasant smells of the elderly in care there, so it is not unique to just a care home where, as stated, 'accidents' do happen on a regular basis!

One of the commendable things with Cheam Cottage was that they maintained their regular staff so that the residents got used to the familiar faces they saw, unlike some other homes who have a high turn over of agency workers who never get to know the residents and their individual needs.
My friend's late parents were both in Cheam Cottage a few years ago, before they passed on and we were always impressed by the staff and the standard of care they received there. Yes, finding a care home is a very difficult choice but Mr & Mrs Dudhee strived hard to provide a service to their residents which can be a very difficult thing to do. Going round any geriatric hospital ward you regularly encounter the unpleasant smells of the elderly in care there, so it is not unique to just a care home where, as stated, 'accidents' do happen on a regular basis! One of the commendable things with Cheam Cottage was that they maintained their regular staff so that the residents got used to the familiar faces they saw, unlike some other homes who have a high turn over of agency workers who never get to know the residents and their individual needs. Brianfromsutton
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