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Archived: No 31 First Row

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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 18 December 2013
Date of Publication: 15 January 2014
Inspection Report published 15 January 2014 PDF | 83 KB

People should be cared for in safe and accessible surroundings that support their health and welfare (outcome 10)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are in safe, accessible surroundings that promote their wellbeing.

How this check was done

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 18 December 2013, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with staff and talked with other authorities.

Our judgement

People who use the service, staff and visitors were protected against the risks of unsafe or unsuitable premises.

Reasons for our judgement

The provider has taken steps to provide care in an environment that is suitably designed and adequately maintained.

There was one person living at the address on the day of our inspection. The home is a small terrace house and had a homely feel to it. The house was decorated ready for Christmas and the person using the home showed us how some of the decorations worked. The manager told us that there were some refurbishments being undertaken and we saw that the bathroom upstairs was in the process of being decorated after a new suite had been installed.

Downstairs one of the rooms had been converted into a bedroom to provide accommodation across a single storey. There was also a lounge, kitchen and wet room area. This meant that all areas of the ground floor were easily accessible.

The person using the service gave us permission to look in their bedroom. We saw that it was personalised with posters, ornaments and electrical equipment. The person told us that they liked their bedroom. They also had access to a conservatory area, which led onto a garden area. The manager told us that the person using the service used the shed and garden for outdoor activities when the weather was good. The provider might find it useful to note that the bathroom suite that had been replaced remained in the garden area and had not been disposed of.

The home was fitted with smoke alarms and CO2 alarms. There was lighting down the stairs for emergency use. The stairs had handrails, although the person currently living at the home did not access the upper floor.

The house had UPVC windows and doors fitted which could be locked and secured. Windows on the upper floor had restrictors, although there was one window designated as an escape route in case of fire. Visitors to the home were required to sign in and out to monitor people calling at the home.

Copies of electrical and gas certificates were available. The premises had been subject to a fire safety assessment and the manager told us that weekly checks were carried out on fire safety equipment. The home was generally in a good state of repair. The manager told us that any maintenance work required was reported to the main office, who then arranged tradesmen to carry out the work.