URGENT action needs to be taken to improve standards at an Ilfracombe care home, according to a report by the Care Quality Commission.
Regency Residential Care Home, in Torrs Park, is owned by Norma Martin Care Homes Ltd and was subjected to an unannounced visit on July 26.
There were 12 people living in the home at the time and one on a respite stay.
As a result of the visit the commission concluded enforcement action needs to be taken over certain aspects of care at the home.
The action specifically relates to patients being given medication they need, when they need it, and in a safe way.
In the commission's report it states they observed one patient whose medication was running out on July 15 and saw handwritten notes by staff saying the medication ran out on July 20.
However it was found the medication had actually run out on July 18 and, despite a GP prescribing new medication on July 16 and 18, this was not received by the patient, who went for eight days without treatment.
Th type of enforcement to be taken over the matters depends on the seriousness of the inspector's findings.
Improvements were also needed in other areas including the care and welfare of people using the home's services, the safety and suitability of the premises, staffing and complaints.
Under the safety and suitability section, the report stated: "In two bedrooms, the towels were stained. We looked at the bed linen on the beds as we visited bedrooms. The majority was clean but one bed had a stained sheet left on it and the room was odorous.
"We noted this sheet was not changed before the person returned to bed in the afternoon. We checked the stock of clean sheets and towels, and saw they were unstained but varied in quality. These examples showed staff were not changing people's towels and sheets in their rooms as regularly as necessary."
The care home was requested to send a report to the commission by September 4 detailing what action would be taken to improve standards.
Norma Martin, manager at the home, said she compiled a report and sent it to the comission by September 1.
"We are going to be working with CQC to resolve these matters," she added.