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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 3 July 2018

The inspection was carried out on 31 May 2018 and was unannounced.

Beach House is a ‘care home.’ People in care homes receive accommodation and nursing or personal care as single package under one contractual agreement. CQC regulates both the premises and the care provided, and both were looked at during this inspection.

In addition, this service is a domiciliary care agency. It provides personal care to people living in their own flats. It provides a service to older adults and younger disabled adults.

Beach House is residential care home providing accommodation and personal care for up to 9 people. The service is located in an end of terrace property, within a residential area of Birchington-on-Sea, close to the sea front and shops which people visit regularly.

There were eight people living at Beach House. Two others were supported with the regulated activity of personal care and lived in their own flats. Staff provided other support, such as encouraging and helping with cooking and cleaning.

The care service has been developed and designed in line with the values that underpin the Registering the Right Support and other best practice guidance. These values include choice, promotion of independence and inclusion. People with learning disabilities and autism using the service can live as ordinary a life as any citizen.

The service is run by a registered manager. 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 and associated Regulations about how the service is run. The registered manager was present on the day of the inspection.

Rating at last inspection

At our last inspection we rated the service good. At this inspection we found the evidence continued to support the rating of good and there was no evidence or information from our inspection and ongoing monitoring that demonstrated serious risks or concerns. This inspection report is written in a shorter format because our overall rating of the service has not changed since our last inspection.

At this inspection we found the service remained Good

Why the service is rated Good

People at Beach House told us “this place is one in a billion,” “I love it here”.

People at Beach House continued to feel safe. Risks continued to be identified and minimised and people were encouraged to take positive risks to increase their independence and control over their lives. Most people were supported to manage their own money whilst others requested that their finances be managed by staff on their behalf. The system for managing people’s finances was safe.

Staff continued to be recruited safely and people were involved in the interview process. Appropriate checks were made before staff started working with people and a robust induction process was in place to ensure that new staff could provide the care that people needed.

Medicines were managed, stored and disposed of safely and people were encouraged to manage their medicines independently as far as possible.

Staff continued to be up to date with training and the registered manager used a system of checks to monitor staff performance. Systems and processes were in place to learn from mistakes. People told us that there were enough members of staff on duty and this was reflected on staff rotas.

Beach House was decorated in a way that felt homely. It was clean and smelt fresh and people had different areas to go to spend time alone or with others. A log cabin for arts and crafts had been set up since the previous inspection, which proudly displayed people’s models and pieces of art.

People felt relaxed in the company of staff and would freely go to staff if they had any concerns. Staff knew people very well and what action to take if people were unhappy or unwell. The staff team had a close work

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 3 July 2018

The service remains Good

Effective

Good

Updated 3 July 2018

The service remains Good

Caring

Good

Updated 3 July 2018

The service remains Good

Responsive

Good

Updated 3 July 2018

The service remains Good

Well-led

Good

Updated 3 July 2018

The service remains Good