Shut down: Hartlepool care home run by boss jailed after elderly woman’s death in window fall

Admiral Court Care Home.
Admiral Court Care Home.

A home run by a shamed care boss jailed following a resident’s death has been closed for good following a catalogue of failures.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has revoked the registration for Admiral Court Care Home in Hartlepool after it found a number of failings and ruled it was inadequate in all areas.

Matt Matharu at Teesside Crown Court

Matt Matharu at Teesside Crown Court

Matt Matharu, a company director for Four Winds Care Ltd which ran the home, was jailed for breaching health and safety laws following the death of a 90-year-old resident in another home he has links with who fell from an upstairs window.

The CQC first used urgent enforcement powers to prevent operatorFour Winds Care admitting any new residents and advised existing residents move out.

The CQC has now completed further enforcement action which prevents Four Winds from providing any further care from Admiral Court.

A CQC spokesman said: “The CQC used its urgent powers to prevent the provider from admitting new residents and stop them from caring for people with high dependency needs.

The care was so poor that we judged the home as failing to meet every aspect of the CQC assessment framework

Care Quality Commission report

“A few days later, the provider took the decision to close the home.

“However, the other enforcement action we have been pursuing as a result of our inspection, to prevent Four Winds Care Limited from legally operating a care service at Admiral Court, has formally concluded and the provider registration has been cancelled.”

It means Four Winds Care Ltd cannot operate Admiral Court or another home at the location.

The CQC said the operator had 56 days to appeal during the latest enforcement action, but chose not to.

The home in Cleveland Road, Hartlepool, was inspected in December last year after a 90-year-old pensioner fell to her death at Parkview Residential Home, in Seaton Carew.

Its proprietor Matt Matharu, who was jailed for eight months for health and safety breaches, was also a director of Four Winds Care Ltd.

In December, the CQC said Admiral Court failed to ensure people were protected against the risks associated with the unsafe use and management of medicines.

It added the service was failing to ensure people were protected against the risks associated with unsafe or unsuitable premises, and there was not enough suitably qualified, skilled and experienced staff.

The CQC returned in April and May to check on improvements but said none had been made.

Following Admiral Court’s closure, Hartlepool Borough Council and local care chiefs launched a review of care provision availability in town.

The CQC spokesman added that enforcement action regarding Four Winds Residential Home in Elwick Road, Parkview Residential Home in Seaton Carew and Highnam Hall in Park Avenue, Hartlepool, have not completed.

They were all given inadequate ratings in April.

She added: “We are in the process of taking further action in line with our enforcement policy, however the provider has a right to appeal at this stage.”

Four Winds Care Ltd declined to comment on the latest CQC enforcement action.