Two brothers, responsible for a dangerous care home where residents were not bathed and were kept in rooms like “prison cells”, have been fined more than £80,000.
Amjad and Amer Latif admitted 14 offences following investigations in 2015 by the Care Quality Commission (CGC), which led to a court order to close the Mossley Manor Care Home in Mossley Hill, south Liverpool.
The care home, which charged a minimum of £1,000 per month to look after each of its 43 residents, was found to be “depressing, unhygienic and unsafe” according to the prosecution.
The CQC were called in by a woman who took her mother out of the home just two hours after arriving.
Inspectors found there was no hot water, toilets were dirty and there was a risk of infections spreading. There was not enough staff, they were not trained and some who were employed had criminal convictions while looking after elderly and vulnerable residents.
At an earlier hearing, it was revealed that the brothers had failed to notify authorities of the deaths of three residents. They also failed to alert the CQC to three serious incidents and were found to fail in providing safe care while exposing residents to “significant” risk and harm.
Debbie Westhead, CQC's deputy chief inspector for adult social care said: "People who use adult social care services such as care homes should expect to be kept safe from harm and treated with dignity.
"Our inspectors found the services provided at Mossley Manor Care Home, Liverpool, fell well short of what people should expect, exposing some of the most vulnerable people in our society to unimaginable indignities."
It is not yet known for how long residents have been living in the substandard conditions.
Richard Copson, a disability rights lawyer at law firm Slater and Gordon, said: “It’s reassuring to see the CQC taking an increasingly robust stance in cases where care falls well below expected standards and to see that the CQC is not reluctant to use prosecution powers where necessary.
“The social care crisis-which is all too real-is no excuse for appalling care in this or any other case.”