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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 28 July 2011
Date of Publication: 8 August 2011
Inspection Report published 8 August 2011 PDF

People should be cared for in safe and accessible surroundings that support their health and welfare (outcome 10)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are in safe, accessible surroundings that promote their wellbeing.

How this check was done

Our judgement

People benefit from an environment that is clean safe and well maintained and this promotes the dignity, choice and privacy for the people who live there. However the lack of an emergency contingency plan and incomplete audits of people’s personal possessions could place people at risk.

Our judgement is that the service is compliant with this outcome and associated regulations however improvements are needed to ensure compliance is maintained.

User experience

People we spoke with told us that they were very happy living at the home and said they had no concerns about the safety and suitability of the premises.

Other evidence

The home is an extended older property and is divided into two separate areas. One area provides accommodation for younger people who have mental health problems and the other area provides accommodation for older people and people who have dementia.

The younger adults live in the original part of the home and this has 17 single bedrooms 9 of which are ensuite. There are also 2 double rooms but these are currently only occupied by one person. There is a lounge, separate dining room and small quiet lounge, with a computer for the use of people, and this was donated to the home for the use of the people who live there. There is also a patio area and we observed that this was well used by people.

Older people live in a purpose built extension to the rear of the home and in this part of the building there are 11 bedrooms 10 of which are en suite. There is a large lounge/dining area and also a large enclosed rear garden with a wheelchair ramp to provide good access to the garden.

On the day of our visit we looked around the home and found that it was decorated to reflect the individual needs and tastes of the people who live there. Communal areas were comfortable and fixtures and fittings were in a good state of repair. We found the home and its grounds appeared to be safe and secure. Although people had brought their own possessions into the home there was not a clear inventory of these items so it was not always clear what belonged to the individual person and what was the property of the home.

The Nominated Individual told us that there is a plan of maintenance for the home and that there are regular checks of the environment. We were told that if any defects are found the maintenance person is called and the defect is rectified on the same day that it is reported. We were also told that all relevant checks as regards electrical systems, heating, safety and building facilities are carried out. Although the home was well maintained there was not an emergency plan in place for foreseeable emergencies to ensure the needs of the people who use the service will continue to be met during and after the emergency.

Staff told us that they had no problems with the environment and that the home had a nice feel to it and that any problems were quickly resolved.