Care chiefs recommend residents leave Hartlepool home after woman fell to her death

Admiral Court Care Home.
Admiral Court Care Home.
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  • Watchdog finds serious concerns
  • Home closed to new admissions
  • Families of existing residents advised to find new accommodation

A WATCHDOG launched a probe after the tragic death of a pensioner which found serious concerns at another home operated by jailed care boss Matt Matharu.

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.

Matt Matharu at Teesside Crown Court

Matt Matharu at Teesside Crown Court

Matharu was found guilty of two breaches under the Health and Safety at Work Act after failing to protect a 90-year-old dementia sufferer who climbed out of her bedroom window and fell to her death at Parkview care home in Seaton Carew in October 2012.

The latest probe by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found a number of issues that Admiral Court Care Home in Cleveland Road, Hartlepool.

Concerns at Admiral Court were shared with Hartlepool Borough Council and the NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and now seven families have been advised to rehome their loved ones.

Council bosses have confirmed that the home will be closed to new admissions until officers are satisfied that standards are being met.

A spokesman for Hartlepool Borough Council said: “We share the concerns of the CCG and the CQC about the quality of care at Admiral Court and we are working with partner agencies and the proprietor to implement the required changes.

“Although there is a commitment from the proprietor to make improvements, currently the home is still not operating to the required standards and, as a result, there will be no new admissions to the home until officers are satisfied that concerns have been addressed and that improvements have been made and sustained.

“The residents and their families have been notified of the situation and have been invited to attend meetings to discuss this situation.

“Representatives of Hartlepool council will be available to help answer any questions which the current residents and their families may have.

“We are continuing to monitor the situation closely and will continue to work with the proprietor to ensure that the improvements are made as quickly as possible.

“The council’s priority is to ensure that people are safe and supported, and receiving high-quality care that meets their needs.”

A spokesman for Admiral Court said: “At the present time we are working with he CQC and the local authority to make improvements in the home.

“As always our priority is the safeguarding and care of residents.”

The three homes which Matharu is the sole trader of are being investigated by the CQC, these are Four Winds Residential Home in Elwick Road, Highnam Hall in Park Avenue and Parkview in Seaton Carew.

While the remaining two care homes ran by Four Winds Care will also face scrutiny,

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,

Jean Fruend, executive nurse at the CCG says Admiral Court is now subject to ongoing monitoring.

She said: “The safety and welfare of people receiving care is our priority. Admiral Court is subject to ongoing monitoring to ensure that people are receiving care that fully meets their needs and that they are safe from any risks.

“The rigorous inspection processes of the CQC, CCG and Hartlepool Borough Council have identified a number of areas of concern at Admiral Court. Despite all parties working with the provider to rectify these issues for the benefit of residents, further CQC inspections have continued to identify serious concerns.

“To ensure patient safety it was recommended that a small number of patients from Admiral Court be moved to alternative accommodation. These patients have been identified due to their particular nursing needs and lack of mobility.

“We will continue to work closely with providers and partners in the local authority & CQC to ensure patient safety.”

A CQC spokesman said: “We are aware of the actions proposed regarding some residents at Admiral Court Care Home, we have inspected the service very recently and found serious concerns which we have shared with the local authority and CCG. We are in very close liaison with the local authority and CCG and will continue to support them to ensure the people living in the home receive safe and appropriate care.”

‘My mother is going nowhere’

DESPITE the concerns surrounding Admiral Court a Hartlepool man is refusing to remove his dying mother.

Paul Burnett was told on Wednesday that his mum Ethel Burnett was one of the seven residents who should be relocated.

However, the fork lift truck driver is adamant the 87–year–old should spend her final days at the home where she has lived since June 2006.

Mr Burnett said: “My mother is 88 next week and on Saturday she was read her Last Rites, she’s dying and to move her now is just ridiculous, it will kill her.

“She loves the home and all of its staff there, she picked it herself when she first moved in.

“I’m point blank refusing to remove mum from here, all of the staff are lovely, and I don’t think she could receive better care anywhere else.”