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- The National Society for Epilepsy, Chesham Lane, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, SL9 0RJ
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Type of service
Care home without nursing
Learning disabilities, Physical disabilities, Caring for adults under 65 yrs
Local Authority Area
People should be safe from harm from unsafe or unsuitable equipment (outcome 11)
Our latest report on this standard published on 10 June 2011
We inspected on 29 March 2011 during a routine inspection
We checked that people who use this service:
- Are not at risk of harm from unsafe or unsuitable equipment (medical and non-medical equipment, furnishings or fittings).
- Benefit from equipment that is comfortable and meets their needs.
How this check was done
We reviewed all the information we hold about this provider, carried out a visit on 29/03/2011, checked the provider's records, observed how people were being cared for, looked at records of people who use services, talked to staff and talked to people who use services.
People were provided with suitable equipment. There were systems in place to make sure that this was safely maintained.
Overall, therefore we found that Morton House was compliant with this outcome.
What people who use the service experienced and told us
We did not obtain any direct feedback from people who use the service about this outcome area.
The home has health and safety policies and procedures in place to support staff practice. Care plans stated that people who use the service were assessed to see if they needed any specialist equipment to promote their independence and safety. Care files contained moving and handling risk assessments however one had not been reviewed since 2008. Training records stated that staff were trained in moving and handling techniques. Staff told us that they knew what to do if a person using the service was found on the floor.
The home has equipment was in place such as an adapted bath, shower, mobile hoists and handrails. There were certificates in place to show that equipment had been serviced and was in good working order. We saw people using specialist equipment such as crockery, cutlery, wheelchairs and walking frames to promote their independence. Some people were provided with specialist chairs and beds
Staff had received first aid training and there was a first aid box in the kitchen and in the homes office. A registered nurse was available on site 24 hours a day to deal with medical emergencies. Staff, we spoke to, knew what to do in the event of a medical emergency.
We were told that health and safety audits take place. The health and safety audit was comprehensive and included an action sheet to indicate when issues were addressed. A health and safety audit was scheduled to take place on the 11th April 2011.
We saw that medical device alerts were managed centrally and reported to the home. Staff were made aware of these through staff meetings and handovers.