A care home has been prompted to take immediate action to improve procedures after receiving a notice from the Care Quality Commission warning it was failing to meet significant legal duties.
Longacre Nursing Home, in Chute Way, High Salvington, was sent the notification following a surprise visit by inspectors in November.
They found that suitable arrangements were not in place to gain consent for care or treatment from people at the home.
This included Do Not Attempt to Resuscitate (DNAR) client forms found in two files which had no accompanying evidence to suggest there had been any discussion with those in its care or their relatives.
While the general standard of care within the home, which caters for more than 30 residents, was found to be good, none of its DNAR forms had any review dates indicated, which caused concern. There has since been a follow-up inspection, carried out last week, in which “some sign of improvement” was said to be being made by inspectors.
Ian Biggs, of the Care Quality Commission, said: “We check the national standards of quality and safety in care that the law says everyone should be able to expect.
“These standards exist to protect people who cannot always speak up for themselves from being put at risk of harm. Providers have a duty to be compliant.
“It is important staff seek consent from people before providing treatment or care. Where this doesn’t happen, this puts people at risk of receiving care which does not meet their needs and can have serious consequences.”
The Herald approached the home for comment – it declined to respond other than stating the issue was over paperwork and not its standard of care.