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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 13 August 2013
Date of Publication: 26 September 2013
Inspection Report published 26 September 2013 PDF

People should be cared for in a clean environment and protected from the risk of infection (outcome 8)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Providers of services comply with the requirements of regulation 12, with regard to the Code of Practice for health and adult social care on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance.

How this check was done

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 13 August 2013, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with carers and / or family members and talked with staff.

We used the Short Observational Framework for Inspection (SOFI). SOFI is a specific way of observing care to help us understand the experience of people who could not talk with us.

Our judgement

People were cared for in a clean, hygienic environment.

Reasons for our judgement

There were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. We saw that the home had policies and guidance in place for staff to follow to reduce the risk of cross infection.The polices followed the guidance provided by the Department of Health in The Code of Practice on the Prevention and Control of Infections.

When we looked at staff files we saw that those who were involved in catering had completed certificated training in food hygiene.Training records showed us that all staff had been provided with training in infection prevention and control.

As we went around the home, we saw that it was clean and free from unpleasant odours. Bedding looked freshly laundered. We asked people about the laundry arrangements and were told that there were never any problems; clothes were washed frequently and returned promptly in good condition. One person said that it was, "The best thing about living in a care home, not having to do the laundry." We saw that the washing machines had a sluicing facility for heavily soiled items and a high temperature cycle for proper disinfection of soiled linen.

We saw staff were using personal protective clothing when assisting people with personal care. There were plentiful supplies of disposable gloves and aprons throughout the home. We also saw that staff were transporting soiled laundry, according to the homes policy, in red bags that dissolved in the wash. This meant that the risk of contamination from such items was reduced and provided protection to both staff and people living at the home.

People had single rooms, so it would be easily to isolate anyone who developed an infection that could potentially be passed to others.

There were cleaning schedules in place, with a checklist to show work had been completed. These were monitored by the registered manager.

Waste was disposed of via a contract with a licensed third party contractor. Clinical waste was separated from usual domestic waste; bags were stored in large lockable bins.