Data reveals how many care home residents have died in Stamford, Bourne, Rutland and the Deepings from Covid-19
The number of people who died from Covid-19 in care homes has been revealed in new data published today (Thursday, July 22).
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published data showing death notifications involving Covid-19 received from individual care homes between April 10, 2020 and March 31, 2021.
The CQC said that Covid-19 had "contributed to a significant increase in the number of deaths in nursing and residential care settings".
It also pointed out that the number of deaths, which is based on the statement of the care home provider and not on the cause of death given on a death certificate, did not indicate poor quality care. Many notifications related to the deaths of care home residents, who had died in other care settings like hospitals, so did not necessarily mean Covid-19 was present in the care home.
CQC conducted 5,577 inspections of residential adult social care providers between 10 April 2020 and 31 March 2021.
Kate Terroni, CQC’s chief inspector for adult social care, said: "In considering this data it is important to remember that every number represents a life lost - and families, friends and those who cared for them who are having to face the sadness and consequences of their death.
"We are grateful for the time that families who lost their loved ones during the pandemic have spent meeting with us and the personal experiences they have shared. These discussions have helped us shape our thinking around the highly sensitive issue of publishing information on the numbers of death notifications involving Covid-19 received from individual care homes.
"We have a duty to be transparent and to act in the public interest, and we made a commitment to publish data at this level, but only once we felt were able to do so as accurately and safely as possible given the complexity and sensitivity of the data. In doing so, we aim to provide a more comprehensive picture of the impact of Covid-19 on care homes, the people living in them and their families. It is important to be clear, however, that although this data relates to deaths of people who were care home residents, many of them did not die in or contract Covid-19 in a care home.
"As we publish this data, we ask for consideration and respect to be shown to people living in care homes, to families who have been affected, and to the staff who have done everything they could, in incredibly difficult circumstances, to look after those in their care."
In addition to wider ongoing monitoring of adult social care services, CQC also carried out inspections looking specifically at infection prevention control in care homes between April 10, 2020 to March 31, 2021, so that the public can be assured across eight key criteria that services have an effective approach to infection prevention control.
Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, expressed its sympathies to the relatives of all those care home residents and staff who have died of Covid-19.
Chief executive of Care England Professor Martin Green said: "Care homes have been right at the front line of this dreadful pandemic. My thoughts go out to all those bereaved relatives as well as those dedicated staff who have been on high alert often working around the clock with no end in sight as well as all bereaved relatives. Every death is a tragedy and it would be highly disrespectful if lessons were not learned at every level. Similarly, every death needs to be seen in context."
Braceborough Hall Retirement Home: 3
Tallington Lodge Care Home: 13
Priory Court Care Home: 1
Whitefriars Care Home: 21
Digby Court, Bourne: 3
Qu'Appelle Care Home, Bourne: 1
The Cedars Care Home, Bourne: 9
Woodgrange Care Home, Bourne: 12
Abbey Court Care Home, Bourne: 10
Five Bells Residential Care Home, Folkingham: 3
Yew Tree Residential Care Home, Dowsby: 3
Rose Lodge Care Home and Holland House, Market Deeping: 1
Braeburn Lodge Care Home, Deeping St James: 7
Wisteria House Residential Home: 2
Chater Lodge: 9
Tixover House: 7
Rutland Care Village: 6
Belton House Retirement Home: 5
Oakham Grange: 1
Care homes with fewer than 10 beds were excluded.