Homes owned by jailed Hartlepool care boss get lowest rating

INADEQUATE: Parkview care home in Station Lane, Seaton Carew, where a resident fell to her death after climbing out of a first-floor window.
INADEQUATE: Parkview care home in Station Lane, Seaton Carew, where a resident fell to her death after climbing out of a first-floor window.
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THREE homes owned by shamed care boss Matt Matharu have been found to be inadequate - including one where a pensioner fell to her death from an upstairs window.

Four Winds Residential Home in Park Drive, Highnam Hall in Park Avenue, both Hartlepool, and Parkview Residential Home, in Station Lane, Seaton Carew, are all owned by jailed care boss Matt Matharu.

JAILED: Businessman Matt Matharu was sentenced to eight months after a pensioner fell from a window at one of his homes.

JAILED: Businessman Matt Matharu was sentenced to eight months after a pensioner fell from a window at one of his homes.

The care homes were given the lowest possible overall rating after unannounced visits by the teams of inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Bosses say they are working with the CQC and Hartlepool Borough Council following the inspections.

Matharu, who runs three care homes in the town and is also the director of Four Winds Care which runs another three, was jailed for eight-months following the death of a pensioner who fell from a window at one of his homes.

The Mail reported last month how the CQC launched an inquiry in care homes operated by Matharu and found a number of issues at Admiral Court Care Home in Cleveland Road, Hartlepool.

We are working closely with CQC and the local authority and the safety and welfare of the residents is paramount.

Four Winds group spokeswoman

It followed the death in 2012 of Norah Elliott, 90, who suffered serious head injuries after climbing out of her upstairs bedroom window at the Parkview care home.

Mrs Elliot, who had dementia, was taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, where she died of her injuries.

The window was not fitted with adequate safety devices to protect against falls.

Matharu, 50, of Elwick Road, Hartlepool, who denied the charges against him, was found guilty of two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act of failing to ensure people were not exposed to risk following a trial in 2014.

Judge Taylor criticised his lack of knowledge about health and safety and described the training to staff as “rudimentary in the extreme.”

The CQC inspectors visited the Four Winds home in Hartlepool in early February.

They found the home inadequate in three out of five categories and requiring improvement in the other two.

The inspection team visited Highnam Hall in Hartlepool in January and found the home inadequate in two out of five categories and requiring improvement in the other three.

After the inspection of Parkview in Seaton Carew in February the CQC found the home to be inadequate in two out of five categories and requiring improvement in the remaining three.

Matharu is the sole trader of the three care homes.

A spokeswoman for the Four Winds group of care homes in the Hartlepool area said: “We are working closely with CQC and the local authority and the safety and welfare of the residents is paramount.”

Dinsdale Lodge Care Home in Station Lane was ruled inadequate’ by the CQC after an unannounced inspection in December.

Inspectors found it was failing to provide care which was safe, effective, responsive or well led’.

And Craigarran in Deaf Hill, will be visited by CQC officials in the near future as part of scheduled inspections.