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Inspection carried out on 9 January 2014

During an inspection to make sure that the improvements required had been made

At our last inspection visit conducted on 25 October 2013 we had minor concerns about people’s care and welfare and moderate concerns about the level of staffing at the service.

We received an action plan from the provider telling us the actions they had undertaken to ensure there were enough staff to meet people's needs and ensure that people were cared for in an appropriate manner.

We followed up on both areas of non-compliance identified in the previous inspection. We reviewed the evidence that demonstrated the provider had taken appropriate action to return to compliance.

We visited again on 09 January 2014 to ensure that the increased staffing levels had been implemented and maintained. We found that the increase in staff numbers meant that people were having their needs met.

Inspection carried out on 25 October 2013

During a routine inspection

Prior to our visit we reviewed all the information we had received from the provider. Although this was a scheduled inspection, we decided to arrive at the home at 7.00 a.m. because we had received information concerning the numbers of night staff on duty. The information we received also commented on the food provided for people, saying it was of poor quality and there was not enough.

When we arrived we found four members of staff, one senior and three care support staff. One carer who worked alone on the South Wing told us “If I need assistance someone comes from the other unit, (known as the West Wing). I do have to wait if they are busy, but so far, it hasn’t been a problem.”

Throughout our visit we spoke with eight people who used the service, three relatives of people and eight members of the day staff, including kitchen staff, the deputy manager and the provider. (The manager was on annual leave when we visited.)

A person who used the service told us, “They (the staff) are always busy. It’s hard to find someone a lot of the time.”

A member of day staff on the South Wing, said, “There are only two of us and if we are hoisting someone we can’t answer the buzzers.”

A relative we spoke with said “The care is very good and the staff are very obliging.” Another relative commented, “It does upset me when I hear them (another staff member) telling staff off. They shouldn’t do that in the home where people can hear.”

We undertook a partial tour of the service, observed people having breakfast and lunch, looked at care files for eight people as well as records of quality audits and complaints. We also looked at the kitchen and stocks of food.

Inspection carried out on 7 December 2012

During an inspection in response to concerns

Due to the complex needs of some of the people who lived at Southmoor Lodge, including some with dementia, they were not always able to tell us their experiences. We used a number of different methods to capture their experience, including looking at records, observing care, talking to staff and to people who were visiting the home on the day of our visit.

Prior to our visit we reviewed all the information we had received about the home.

We spoke with the registered manager, four members of staff and three people who used the service. We spoke to a relative who was visiting at the time of our inspection and to a visiting hairdresser.

One member of staff told us, "Breakfast can go on until 10.30 on some days. It depends what they want. It's their home after all."

We conducted a tour of the building and saw it was clean, well decorated and was odour free. The registered manager told us," We take great pride in the cleanliness. As you can see and smell. It speaks for itself."

We saw that people had personalised their rooms to their liking and were seen to be taking part in group activities.

A person using the service told us, “Yes, I like it here. They look after me very well."

We saw that the provider sought and took account of people's views in delivery of the service.

Inspection carried out on 7 February 2012

During an inspection in response to concerns

On the day of the inspection visit there were thirty five people living at Southmoor Lodge.

We spoke with two people who live at Southmoor Lodge. They told us that they liked living there and that the staff were: “Very good, very caring.” “I have no complaints, I am well looked after.”

The observations that we made of the staff working with people who lived at the care home showed that people were well cared for, and treated with respect and consideration.

We spoke with two people, and asked them if they thought they were safe. They both said that they thought they were. However they were not able to give us any insight or view into staff training in vulnerable adults that had taken place at the care home.

None of the people we spoke with were able to give us any insight into how Southmoor Lodge was monitored or assessed by the provider, although everyone knew who they were, and were on good speaking terms with them.

Reports under our old system of regulation (including those from before CQC was created)