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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 25 April 2014
Date of Publication: 29 August 2014
Inspection Report published 29 August 2014 PDF

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 25 April 2014, observed how people were being cared for and checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care. We talked with people who use the service, talked with staff and reviewed information given to us by the provider.

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

People told us they liked their rooms and the home and their room was not too hot or cold and their washing facilities worked properly. One person told us it was a “Lovely place” and they “Couldn’t fault it”.

We saw that the home provided accommodation over two floors with access via stairs or a stair lift. There was sufficient communal space for activities and meals with a lounge, a kitchen and a dining room. We saw that bedrooms were of sufficient sizes to meet people’s needs.

We saw that the building was hygienic and clean. Toilets and bathrooms were clean, as was the rest of the building. Toilets were functioning, regularly cleaned and had supplies of paper towels and liquid soap.

There was a fire alarm system which was regularly checked and fire doors had automatic closing devices, smoke seals and there were internal emergency lighting systems in the event of a fire.

We saw that there were environmental risk assessments to ensure that the premises are suitable and safe. These included the stairs.

The last inspection found the thermometers used to check the water temperatures were not accurate. At this inspection we saw that new thermometers had been acquired to replace them. This made the monitoring of water temperatures more accurate and meant the service could protect people better from scalding.

The last inspection found a lack of thermostatic mixer valves throughout the home. These were needed to keep temperatures safe and prevent scalding to people. At this inspection we saw that new thermostatic mixer valves had been acquired and were in the process of being fitted.

The last inspection found some window restrictors were missing and others were not secure. At this inspection we found that new window restrictors had been fitted. The last inspection found some windows were unsafe. At this inspection we saw that windows around the home had either been repaired, or temporarily made safe. The last inspection also found the kitchen window unsafe with insecure glass hanging out of the frame and in need of some update.

At this inspection we saw the kitchen had been completely refurbished with new fixtures, fittings and floor and wall coverings. Staff commented on how this had improved their working environment.

The last inspection found the home did not always keep a cupboard with hazardous materials locked. This inspection found that the cupboard was secure and that there were no hazardous chemical or sharp items around the home that could present a potential risk to people.

The last inspection found staff smoking in an area where the propane cylinders were stored.The manager informed us that this area was no longer the smoking area. The last inspection found that there were trip hazards on the first floor. At this inspection we saw that this had been rectified by the provider.