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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 6 October 2017

Willowmere is an extra care housing scheme that provides accommodation for up to 79 people in their own apartments. SOS Homecare Ltd, the registered provider, provides personal care to some of the people who live there. At the time of our inspection, 22 people were receiving personal care from SOS Homecare Ltd.

At the last inspection, the service was rated Good and, at this inspection, we found the service remained Good.

At our last inspection on 24 May 2015, we found a breach of Regulations of the Health and Social Care 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014. This breach related to the lack of an effective complaints handling system at the service. The provider sent us an action plan setting out the improvements they intended to make. At this inspection, we found the provider had made improvements to the service.

People still felt safe living at the home, and the staff supporting them understood how to recognise and report abuse. The risks to people had been assessed, kept under review, and plans developed to manage these. Staffing levels at the service ensured people received a consistent and reliable service. People received support and assistance with their medicines from trained staff.

People still had confidence in the knowledge and skills of staff employed at Willowmere. Staff participated in a rolling programme of training designed to enable them to work safely and effectively. Some staff lacked understanding of people’s rights under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, and the mental capacity assessments completed were not decision-specific or appropriately recorded. People had enough to eat and drink, and received the support they needed to collect or prepare their meals. Staff helped people to access healthcare services in the event they were unwell.

Staff approached their work with a kind and caring attitude, and took the time to get to know people well. People's involvement in care planning and other decision-making affecting them was encouraged. People were treated with dignity and respect by staff who understood the need to promote their rights.

People received care and support shaped around their individual needs and requirements. Staff understood the need to work in accordance with people’s care plans. Most people knew how to raise complaints and concerns about their care, and felt comfortable doing so. People’s complaints were recorded and responded to in line with the provider’s complaints procedure.

Most people felt the home was well managed and found the registered manager approachable. Staff felt well supported by the registered manager, and were clear what was expected of them. The provider carried out quality assurance activities to monitor and improve the quality of the service people received.

Further information is in the detailed findings below.

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 6 October 2017

The service remains Good.

Effective

Requires improvement

Updated 6 October 2017

The service was not always Effective.

Staff did not always have an appropriate understanding of what the Mental Capacity Act 2005 meant for their work with people. Mental capacity assessments were not appropriately completed or recorded. Staff received training and ongoing support to help them fulfil their duties. Staff helped people to access healthcare service when they were unwell.

Caring

Good

Updated 6 October 2017

The service remains Good.

Responsive

Good

Updated 6 October 2017

The service was Responsive.

People received care and support that took into account their individual needs and requirements. Staff had the time to read, and followed, people's care plans to provide a consistent service. Most people knew how to complain to the provider, and felt comfortable doing so.

Well-led

Good

Updated 6 October 2017

The service remains Good.