Unannounced inspections at night
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