27 Sep 2012

DHB takes control of another rest home

4:37 pm on 27 September 2012

The Canterbury District Health Board has assumed control of a second rest home amid concerns over standards of care.

The DHB has appointed a temporary manager to the Bermuda House Dementia Rest Home in Upper Riccarton following complaints.

Concerns about rest home, which cares for up to 18 residents, prompted an inspection by the Ministry of Health's care home certifier HealthCert, which identified multiple issues.

The district health board has already assumed control of the Wiltshire Rest Home in Rangiora, after an audit found cases among its 57 residents of scabies, dehydration, poor wound care and lack of pain management.

DHB chief medical officer Nigel Millar says a temporary manager at Bermuda House will ensure that care at the home is adequate and they will also work with staff to improve services.

Dr Millar says the DHB is awaiting a detailed inspection report.

Healthcert has been unavailable for comment on Thursday.