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Autumn Lodge - Bognor Regis Good

Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 9 May 2019

About the service: Autumn Lodge is a care home that supports up to 18 people.

People’s experience of using this service:

People enjoyed living at Autumn Lodge and there was happy and relaxed atmosphere within the service. Staff were attentive and had a good understanding of people’s backgrounds and current support needs. All new staff shadowed experienced carers for a month before providing care independently and staff training was regularly refreshed.

People felt safe in the service and staff had a detailed understanding of their role in protecting people from all forms of abuse or discrimination. Diversity was valued and celebrated within the service and staff were supported to become dignity champions.

Staff were recruited safely and there were enough staff available to meet people’s needs. Support was provided at a relaxed pace and staff took every opportunity to spend time chatting with people.

Care records were informative and staff understood people individual needs. There was a programme of activities which included external entertainers. On the day of our inspection there was plenty of laughter and people enjoyed playing games and singing along with the registered manager.

Wi FI internet access was available throughout the service to people and visitors and the service had trialled and adopted the use of new technologies where this impacted positively on people’s well-being.

The service was exceptionally well-led. Staff were well motivated and told us they enjoyed working at the service. Relatives and professionals were highly complimentary of the service leadership and told us they would happily recommend this service to anyone.

At our previous inspection the service was rated Good. (Report published 25 August 2016)

Why we inspected: This inspection was part of our scheduled plan of visiting services to check the safety and quality of care people received.

Follow up: We will continue to monitor the service to ensure that people receive safe, compassionate, high quality care. Further inspections will be planned based on the rating. If we receive any concerns we may bring our inspection forward.

For more details, please see the full report which is on the CQC website at

Inspection areas



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The service was safe

Details are in our Safe findings below.



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The service was effective.

Details are in our Effective findings below.



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The service was caring

Details are in our Caring findings below.



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The service was responsive

Details are in our Responsive findings below.



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The service was exceptionally well-led

Details are in our Well-Led findings below.