Unannounced inspections at night

Posted on June 11th, by geoff in Caring Times head, Caring Times letters. No Comments

Caring Times, June 2013

With reference to Mike Carroll’s piece “Let sleeps lie” (CT, May 2013), I carried out a night inspection in March at 2.30am at my 29-bed Care EMI registered care home, and to my horror I found one carer asleep on dining room floor lying on a quilt, and another asleep on armchair under a quilt in main lounge. The third carer was sitting on sofa in main hallway – I could not prove that she was sleeping as she was upright but it took me longer than usual to gain entry at 2 30am.

I dismissed the two carers that were sleeping and I woke two members of staff and requested that they come on duty. I stayed until they arrived.

I feel very strongly that other proprietors should carry out night inspections for the safety of the very vulnerable residents we have living in our care home .

– Helen Wiss, proprietor Bearnett House, Penn, Wolverhampton

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