The owner & registered manager of Rossendale Nursing Home located on Woodlands Road, Ansdell has accepted responsibility for causing two pensioners ‘avoidable harm’ and has indicated that she intends to plead guilty to two offences brought to court by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Following the deaths of the two elderly residents, Patricia Sutton and Derek Chapman, the coroner referred each of the cases to the CQC.
Blackpool Magistrates Court heard that 62-year-old, Caroline Taylforth, was the owner and registered manager of the Rossendale Nursing Home at the time of the two fatal incidents – in 2019 and 2020. Ms Sutton died during a chocking incident whilst eating her dinner. There had been three previous choking occurrences prior to the fatal incident. The CQC stated that Taylforth had not referred the pensioner to specialist services or have an adequate approach to choking incidents.
Derek Chapman died after a fall in the home. Taylforth had failed to protect the pensioner, who was know to be prone to falls and whose mobility was deteriorating, from the risk of death.
District Judge Mark Hadfield adjourned sentencing requesting more information regarding Taylforth’s finances. The case was adjourned until Wednesday 5th April whilst reports are prepared.
Rossendale Nursing Home had previously been downgraded to ‘inadequate’ by the CQC. See this Lytham St, Anne’s News article from 2021: https://www.lythamstannes.news/news/rossendale-nursing-home-is-downgraded-to-inadequate-residents-at-risk-of-harm/