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Inspection carried out on 23 August 2016

During a routine inspection

This comprehensive inspection took place on 23 August 2016 and was unannounced. The inspection team consisted of two adult social care inspectors. At the time of the inspection, there were 30 people living at the home. Lime House is registered to provide personal care and support for up to 32 people. The home is part of Nugent Care and the head office is based in Liverpool. The home has a main house connected by link corridor to a lodge. Most rooms were for one person and there were also up to four shared rooms. There was a choice of several lounge and sitting areas throughout the home.

At the last inspection on 29 August 2014 we found the service to be compliant with all regulations we assessed at that time.

There was a registered manager in post. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission to manage the service. Like registered providers, they are ‘registered persons’. Registered persons have legal responsibility for meeting the requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated Regulations about how the service is run.

People we spoke with said they felt safe living at Lime House. There were systems in place to protect people from abuse. There was an up to date safeguarding policy in place, which referenced legislation and local protocols.

The service had a robust recruitment procedure in place. Appropriate checks were carried out before staff began working at the home to ensure they were fit to work with vulnerable adults.

There were sufficient numbers of staff working at the home to meet people’s needs. All of the people spoken with including people living at the home, staff and visiting relatives told us they felt staffing levels were sufficient.

We looked at a sample of Medication Administration Records (MAR’s) and observed medicines administration during the day and saw that MAR’s were signed by staff when people received their medication, as required. We saw requirements relating to controlled drugs were being met. A medicines stock control form was used for each person receiving assistance with medicines. People living at the home told us they had no concerns about receiving their medicines.

We saw that care plan documentation contained risks assessments which covered Waterlow, pressure sores, moving and handling, nutrition, bathing and falls/mobility. Each risk assessment had a corresponding ‘risk plan’ which detailed how the risk was managed and any control measures that were in place.

The home was clean and tidy with no pervasive malodours present.

There was a staff induction programme in place which staff undertook when they first started working at the home and this was aligned with the requirements of the care certificate. Staff told us they received supervision as part of their work and we looked at a sample of records which demonstrated these took place.

The registered manager demonstrated effective systems to manage DoLS applications.

During the inspection we observed staff seeking consent from people before providing assistance, such as asking people if they would like to take their medication.

We observed people were treated with kindness and dignity during the inspection. Each person we spoke with said they liked living at Lime House and were happy with the care they received.

We saw that people had specific nutrition care plans in place and where required, risk assessments had also been implemented if people were at risk with regards to their nutrition.

There was a four week rolling menu in place, which was available in the dining room. Special diets were catered for, food allergies were recorded and information on different diet types.

In care plans we saw people had access to a range of different service including district nurses, podiatrists, doctors, advanced nurse practitioners, GP’s and opticians.

We saw that adaptations had been made to make the environment suitable for people living with dementia.

We found the service aimed to embed equality and human rights though good person-centred care planning. The people we talked with spoke highly of the staff who cared for them.

We observed staff were patient, respectful and friendly towards the people who lived in the home. Staff said they liked working at the home.

The service used an electronic care planning system called ‘CareSys’ with hard copy paper files also being in place. We saw detailed personal profiles in the care records.

People’s care files identified that individuals and their relatives were involved in the planning of their care, and personal preferences were discussed.

We saw people had a choice of activities to stimulate them.

Our observations and discussions indicated people who used the service expressed their views and were involved in making decisions about their activities.

The home had procedures in place to receive and respond to complaints.

Residents and relatives meetings were held regularly and information from these meetings was used to inform the delivery of the service.

We saw a variety of positive comments about the home received from visiting professionals. The service worked in partnership with a wide variety of organisations and professionals.

The service undertook a range of audits, which were completed according to different schedules.

Observations of staff practice were regularly carried out and quality assurance audits were also carried out monthly at provider level.

There was a full range of policies and procedures in place which were available in paper copy format and electronically.

The service had a business continuity plan that was recently reviewed and audited in August 2016.

The local authority had also carried out an audit in March 2016 and the home had achieved a 97% compliance rating.

Inspection carried out on 29 August 2014

During a routine inspection

This is a summary of what we found. If you want to see the evidence supporting our summary please read the full report.

We asked the following five questions.

Is the service safe?

Both the people who lived in the home and their relatives were pleased with the care provided and felt their views were respected and listened to. The staff worked in a safe and hygienic way and used appropriate protective clothing. We saw each bathroom had a lockable cabinet in which to store cleaning materials which might be hazardous to people’s health.

There were enough staff to meet the needs of the people living in the home and a member of the management team was available on call in case of emergencies. One person said: "I feel safe here. I trust them."

Staff personnel records contained all of the information required by the Health and Social Care Act. This meant the provider could demonstrate staff employed to work at the home were suitable and had the skills and experience needed to support the people living in the home.

The registered manager and the staff we spoke with understood the importance of safeguarding vulnerable adults. Staff could identify potential abuse and knew how to report any incidents of abuse.

Is the service effective?

People told us they were happy with the care they received and their care records were up to date and signed by them where appropriate. One relative said: "She’s just got better every day.” A person who lived in the home said: "I can only eat certain foods and they are very careful about that."

Care records confirmed people's preferences and needs had been recorded and care and support had been provided in accordance with people's wishes.

We heard from staff information was shared effectively. Several ways of sharing information were used including staff meetings, handovers, the handover book, daily records, and monthly reviews.

Is the service caring?

People were supported by kind and attentive staff. We saw care workers showed patience and encouragement when supporting people. One relative said: "I can’t find any fault with it. It is a really nice place." One person who used the service said: "I’m always happy in what I do here."

Is the service responsive?

People's needs had been assessed before they were admitted to the home. Their needs for support and treatment were carefully described so care workers knew exactly what tasks to undertake. Changes in people's care needs were reported to the senior carer and Registered Manager and they briefed care staff.

One person we spoke with said: "You can have anything you want." A nurse who visited the home said: “They are quick to pick up if there is something wrong with the patient.” A person who lived in the home said: "It’s been my godsend."

Is the service well-led?

Staff had a good understanding of the culture of the home and quality assurance processes were in place. We saw the results of customer satisfaction surveys completed in October 2013 and we spoke with relatives who had contributed to these. A meeting for people who lived in the home was held every month to seek suggestions for any improvements required.

Staff told us they were clear about their roles and responsibilities and were well supported. One said: "She (the manager) will support us both in work and with family issues. She has an open door policy." Another member of staff said: “If you are struggling with something they will show you.”

Inspection carried out on 4 April 2013

During a routine inspection

During our inspection we spoke with seven people living at Lime House. All of the people we asked told us they were happy with the care they received and they thought they were well looked after. One person told us “We are all OK living here. There is nothing that needs to be changed.” Another person told us “I am looked after very well. This is a good place.” We observed people being cared for in a calm and supportive manner.

When we visited in January 2013 we found that there were issues with people’s privacy and dignity; actions taken after incidents and accidents were not always recorded and care records were not always accurate. The provider sent us a plan stating that the actions that would be taken to achieve compliance and when we visited in April 2013, we found that all of these issues had all been addressed.

We saw that people were offered choices at each meal time and we were told that staff would always try to provide any special requests for food. People’s weights were checked regularly to monitor for signs of malnutrition.

The provider had taken steps to ensure that care was provided in an environment that was suitably designed and adequately maintained. One person told us “this is a lovely place to live. I am very happy with my room.”

We looked at the recruitment procedures that were followed at Lime House. We found that there was a robust system in place to ensure that appropriate people were recruited to work in the home.

Inspection carried out on 3 January 2013

During a routine inspection

During our inspection we spoke with six people and five visitors. All of the people who we asked told us that they were happy with the service they received and they thought that they were well looked after. The comments we heard included “Staff are very good“; “This place has saved my life. I am very happy living here” and “I have no complaints about the staff at all; they are brilliant.” One visitor told us “Nothing is too much trouble for the staff here.” Another visitor told us “The manager is fantastic.”

We found that people were cared for in a pleasant, clean and well organised environment. However, it was a concern to us that there no locks on the inside of some of the toilet and bathroom doors. People did not raise this with us as an issue of concern but it is clear that this does not fully respect people’s privacy and dignity.

Staff members were happy working there and they told us that they had received relevant training. They also told us that they were supported in their role and that the manager and senior staff were approachable.

We saw that there were systems in place to monitor the quality of care but these were not always updated with the frequency that the provider had set for themselves. Actions taken as a result of accident and incident monitoring were not always formally recorded and this made it difficult for us to confirm that appropriate actions had been taken and completed. Care records were not updated in a timely manner.

Inspection carried out on 6 October 2011

During a routine inspection

People who used the service at Lime House were very happy with the support provided.

People enjoyed the environment and felt that their health, emotional and social needs were met in full. People said that they felt respected and safe.

People explained:

'All the trees make it beautiful.'

'It's not like the ones you see on telly.'

'I have no complaints, the home is always kept nice and tidy,it's beautiful.'

And

'It's fine, the staff are great.'