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Merle Boddy House Requires improvement

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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 10 April 2012
Date of Publication: 3 May 2012
Inspection Report published 3 May 2012 PDF | 47.37 KB

Overview

Inspection carried out on 10 April 2012

During a routine inspection

We visited Merle Boddy House on 10 April 2012 and spent some time talking with five people during the afternoon on their return from various activities. Although the majority of the people living in this home had little speech as part of their communication they were able to use body language and signs. We noted the positive conversations held between staff and the person that offered the time for the person to choose what they would like. The five people we observed and spoke with were content and relaxed with the staff members who were with them.

The people who lived in this home had been there for a number of years. Although they were unable to tell us about their care and welfare we observed good support and encouragement from the staff team. People who lived there reacted well to the encouragement and carried out their tasks happily with jovial banter taking place.

We did not speak directly to people about how they were protected from abuse but we did ask one person if they felt safe. They replied with a hug, eye contact and a smile.

The time we spent with the people after they had returned from their various activities gave us a good impression that they were happy with their lives. We saw positive body language and plenty of smiles. One person showed us their new bedroom. They told us, in their way, they were pleased with their new bedroom. They made it clear they liked their special blanket on the bed and that they were happy with the staff who supported them.