A care home has been rapped by a watchdog after failing to meet more than half the essential standards examined during a recent inspection.

Highgrove House, Chorley, fell short on four of the six measures reviewed by the Care Quality Commission, including concerns about care planning, medication, staff training and management.

Inspectors were particularly concerned about a resident with a poor appetite whose weight had dropped considerably. They found documents which suggested no action had been taken to support the person's changing needs for 19 days.

Residents at the Highfield Road North home were also said to be at risk of medication being dispensed unsafely, with the inspectors noting in their report: “We checked four people's records and found printed information to be correct. However, hand-written entries and medication changes were incorrectly recorded. All the examples we saw were not signed or dated when entered. Additionally, they were not counter-signed and important information was missing.”

Inspectors said it was unclear who was in charge of day-to-day management, as the registered manager was on sick leave and the acting manager was on leave.

Unity Homes Ltd, which runs the home, did not respond to our request for a comment.