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Independence Homes Limited - 44 Brambledown Road Good

Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 29 June 2018

Independence Homes Limited – 44 Brambledown Road is a ‘care home’. People in care homes receive accommodation and personal care as a single package under one contractual agreement. CQC regulates both the premises and the care provided, and both were looked at during this inspection.

Independence Homes Limited – 44 Brambledown Road accommodates seven people with a learning disability in one adapted building. The care service has been developed and designed in line with the values that underpin the Registering the Right Support and other best practice guidance. These values include choice, promotion of independence and inclusion. At the time of this inspection there were six people using the service.

This inspection took place on 22 May 2018. At our last inspection of the service we rated the service ‘good’. At this inspection we found the evidence continued to support the rating of ‘good’. There was no evidence or information from our inspection and on-going monitoring that demonstrated serious risks or concerns.

People were safe living at Independence Homes Limited – 44 Brambledown Road. Staff were supported to safeguard people from the risk of abuse and knew to report any concerns about people to the appropriate persons or authorities. Staff understood the risks posed to people and how these should be minimised to keep them safe from injury or harm. The provider acted to make improvements when things went wrong. At this inspection we saw improvements had been made following an injury incurred by a person that would help to reduce the risk of a similar injury reoccurring.

The majority of risks posed by the premises were appropriately managed but we noted that a fire extinguisher was not immediately to hand in the designated smoking area. We discussed this with the registered manager who said they would take action to address this immediately after our inspection. The provider maintained a servicing programme of the premises and the equipment to ensure areas covered by these checks did not pose unnecessary risks to people. The premises was clean and clear of slip and trip hazards. Staff followed good practice to ensure risks to people were minimised from poor hygiene and cleanliness when providing personal care, cleaning the premises and when preparing and storing food. Medicines were stored safely and securely and people received them as prescribed.

There were enough staff at the time of this inspection to keep people safe. The provider maintained robust recruitment checks to verify staff's suitability to support people. Staff had regular and relevant training to keep their knowledge and skills up to date with best practice. Staff were supported by the provider to meet the values and vision of the service which were focussed on people experiencing good quality care and support. Staff knew people well and understood people’s needs, preferences and choices. They were aware of people’s preferred communication methods and how people expressed their needs.

People continued to be involved in planning and making decisions so that they received personalised care and support tailored to their individual needs. Staff adhered to current best practice, legislation and standards in the delivery of people's care to support people to experience good outcomes in relation to their healthcare needs. People’s needs were discussed and reviewed with them regularly to ensure the support provided continued to meet these needs and to identify any improvements or changes required.

People were supported to keep healthy and well, to maintain a healthy and well-balanced diet and helped to access healthcare services when needed. The provider’s epilepsy alarm system ensured people received timely support from staff when required.

People were encouraged to do as much as they could for themselves to maintain their independence. The design and layout of the premises provided people with flexibility in terms of how they wished to spend their ti

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 29 June 2018

The service remains good.

Effective

Good

Updated 29 June 2018

The service remains good.

Caring

Good

Updated 29 June 2018

The service remains good.

Responsive

Good

Updated 29 June 2018

The service remains good.

Well-led

Good

Updated 29 June 2018

The service remains good.