The new owners at a previously underfire care home say it has “turned a corner” after a £300,000 revamp.
Meadows Care Home, in New Road, Boldon Colliery, was issued with a formal warning by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the country’s independent regulator of health and social care, in March over medication failings.
Inspectors found the home, which was then run by Tamaris Care Properties, was failing to protect residents in the recording, handling, administration and use of medicines.
The company was warned it had to make urgent improvements to standards of care at the home or face further action.
The home has since been taken over by Four Seasons Health Care and a new manager, Claire Thornton.
She has overseen a £300,000 investment at The Meadows which has seen the first floor become a dedicated dementia unit.
“I had the benefit at coming in at a time when the changes were starting to take shape,” she said.
“That meant I could put my stamp on the home and get opinions from the residents on what they’d like to see happen.
“Under the previous owners, there was some failings. But this is a new start and a chance to wipe the slate clean.”
The new dementia unit has 30 beds as well as a “reminiscence” room, garden room, dining room and television room.
Mrs Thornton said: “We now know that the majority of us will get dementia, so it is important there are places that cater for the increasing number of sufferers.
“What we’ve tried to do here is create a top class residential home for dementia sufferers to live with the best possible facilities and staff.”
Next year, Four Seasons is planning to revamp the building’s ground floor, which will be used for those residents without dementia.
Plans are also in place to start up a Friends of The Meadows group and forge close links with local schools and churches.
Four Seasons Area Manager, Bev Jewitt, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to see the place finished.
“A lot of hard work has gone into it from everyone at the home and it is now a beautiful place to live.”
Source: Sunderland Echo