A CARE home has been told it needs to improve after an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

Kilkee Lodge residential home, in Braintree, received an overall ‘requires improvement’ rating in safety and well-led, two of the five key areas.

The inspection was carried out after a recent Covid-19 outbreak.

Kilkee Lodge provides accommodation and care for up to 80 people.

The service received a good rating at the last inspection in 2019.

The report said: “Risks were not always assessed or effectively managed to keep people safe.

“Staff were not provided with clear guidance on risks such as those associated with moving and handling should be managed.

“People told us staff were kind and helpful but gave us mixed views on the availability of staff members.

“We have recommended the deployment of staff is reviewed to ensure staff are available when people need support.”

The manager told inspectors the surgery was due to implement a new medication administration system to help them improve.

Inspectors also raised concerns over residents’ safety.

The report added: “Risks to people were not always assessed or effectively managed to keep people safe. There had been a recent incident where a resident had fallen from a hoist sustaining a serious injury.

A new manager has now implemented a system for reviewing accidents and looking for patterns and trends, and measures were taken to manage infection outbreaks, the report said.