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Review carried out on 9 September 2021

During a monthly review of our data

We carried out a review of the data available to us about Abbey Lodge on 9 September 2021. We have not found evidence that we need to carry out an inspection or reassess our rating at this stage.

This could change at any time if we receive new information. We will continue to monitor data about this service.

If you have concerns about Abbey Lodge, you can give feedback on this service.

Inspection carried out on 24 March 2021

During an inspection looking at part of the service

Abbey Lodge is a care home and can accommodate up to seven people in one adapted building. The service supports people living with a learning disability. At the time of our assurance visit there were five people using the service.

We found the following examples of good infection prevention and control (IPC) practice.

There was an effective process and systems in place for visitors/professionals visiting the service, in line with the government guidance.

Individual risk assessments were in place for any person or staff member at an increased risk of infection which included being able to isolate. There was enough personal protective equipment (PPE) available and staff used this effectively.

Good cleaning regimes were in place. The service was clean, odour and clutter free.

Inspection carried out on 14 July 2017

During a routine inspection

This inspection took place on 14 and 24 July 2017 and was unannounced. At our last inspection on 24 April 2015 the service was found to be meeting the required standards in the areas we looked at.

Abbey Lodge is a care home for people who are living with learning disabilities or an autistic spectrum disorder. There were six people living at the home at the time of this inspection. The home consists of one large detached house spread over two floors. Each person has their own bedroom with shared bathrooms/shower facilities, one large sitting room and conservatory and shared kitchen/dining room.

There was a manager in post who had registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). A registered manager is a person who has registered with the CQC 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 majority of people who lived at the home were unable to communicate verbally but we observed staff supporting people with a range of communication aids, which included signing and interpreting people’s body language with regards to meeting their needs and wishes. People welcomed us into their home and told us they felt safe and happy living at Abbey Lodge.

Staff were clear about their role in supporting people and about how they positively managed risks to people's safety and well-being. There were clear plans on how to support people to have independence and control over their lives while promoting their safety, comfort and wellbeing.

Staff had received training in how to safeguard people from abuse and knew how to report concerns. Safe and effective recruitment practices were followed to ensure that all staff were suitably qualified and experienced. There were sufficient numbers of suitable staff available to meet people's individual needs. People were supported to manage their medicines safely.

The atmosphere in the home was welcoming and there were positive and caring interactions between the staff and the people who lived in the home. People told us they were fully involved in planning their care and they were encouraged to develop their skills and interests. There were clear plans on how people wished to be supported and the goals they wanted to achieve. People enjoyed a varied healthy diet and their physical and mental health needs were well catered for.

We found that people’s lives were significantly enhanced by a staff team who were committed and enthusiastic in striving to support people who live with complex needs and every day challenges.

People’s permission was sought before staff assisted them with care or support. Staff were supported to develop the required skills and knowledge to provide care effectively to people.

People’s relatives were encouraged to be involved in reviewing people’s support plans. People were actively supported to maintain family relationships and friendships.

The home was well led by a registered manager who knew the people and staff and supported them to have their views and ideas heard and acted upon. There was a positive open culture with staff working together in an atmosphere which valued their contribution to the service. Systems were in place to monitor the quality of the service and promote continuous improvement.

Inspection carried out on 24 April 2015

During a routine inspection

The inspection took place on 24 April 2015 and was unannounced.

Abbey Lodge is a residential care home that provides accommodation and personal care. There were 6 people living at the home when we inspected.

The home had a registered manager. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) 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 2008 and associated Regulations about how the service is run.

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 2008 and associated Regulations about how the service is run.’

People confirmed they were offered a variety of hobbies and interests to take part in and we saw that people had the opportunity to access local community facilities and social events. One person told us that they liked going out shopping and another person enjoyed going to the pub.

Residents meetings had been held regularly in order to ensure people had an opportunity to discuss or raise issues about the service provided.

The CQC monitors the operation of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLs) which applies to care services. There were policies and procedures in relation to the MCA and DoLs to ensure that people who could not make decisions for themselves were protected. Records showed that where people lacked the capacity to make decisions they decisions had been made that were in their best interests.

We found staff treated people in a way they had expressed within the main plan of care. We found there were sufficient numbers of staff to safely meet people’s needs. People received care which had maintained their health and well-being. Relatives were very happy with the care provided.

Medicines were stored correctly and records showed that people had received their medication as prescribed. Staff had received appropriate training for their role in medicine management.

Staff knew how to recognise and report allegations of abuse. Staff recruitment processes were safe and a range of training was provided to staff to give them the skills and knowledge required to undertake their roles safely and effectively

Staff supported each person according to their needs. This included supporting people with healthy eating plans and reducing diets. We found people received sufficient quantities to eat and drink.

Staff respected people’s privacy and dignity. They knocked on people’s bedroom doors and waited for a response before entering. People told us staff ensured doors were shut when they were assisting them with their personal care.

People’s needs were clearly recorded in their plans of care so that staff had the information they needed to provide care in a consistent way. Care plans were regularly reviewed to ensure they accurately reflected people’s current needs.

We saw that people’s health and support needs were met and they had access to health and social care professionals when necessary.

Inspection carried out on 15 April 2014

During a routine inspection

The inspection team was made up of one inspector. We set out to answer our five questions; Is the service caring? Is the service responsive? Is the service safe? Is the service effective? Is the service well led?

Below is a summary of what we found. The summary is based on our observations during the inspection, discussions with people using the service, their relatives, the staff supporting them and looking at records.

If you wish to see the evidence supporting our summary please read the full report.

Is the service safe?

One person we spoke with said that they felt safe living at the home. We saw evidence that care plans were person centred and risk assessments had been undertaken to help minimise the risk to people living at the home. However, we noted that monthly care plan reviews did not always demonstrate that people and/or their relatives had been involved in the process.

Health and safety checks were regularly undertaken by the manager to ensure that the home was safe for people to reside in.

Is the service effective?

We looked at the care records of two people who lived at the home. We found these provided details of what people were able to do for themselves as well as what support they needed.

The provider had not had reason to undertaken capacity assessments, however within people�s care plan details of their ability to make decisions and/or the support they would need to make a decision was recorded. Although the provider had not made any applications to the local authority in respect of Deprivation of Liberty safeguards (DOLs), the provider had a clear protocol in place for dealing with Deprivation of Liberty safeguards.

Is the service caring?

During our inspection we observed a staff member assisting a person who was non-verbal with a task. We saw that the staff member was patience and sought consent from the person before assisting them. We heard other staff speaking with people in a polite and friendly manner.

Is the service responsive?

During our inspection we observed that staff responded in a timely manner when people asked for help. Care plans showed that each person had an individual activity plan and were supported by staff to access services in the local community as appropriate.

Is the service well-led?

The service had a quality assurance system in place, which sought the views of people who used the service, their relatives and stakeholders. We saw that audits had been undertaken in a number of areas. However, we found that medication audits did not always have an action plan following findings of non-compliance.