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East View Housing Management Limited - 1 Johnson Close Good


Inspection carried out on 25 August 2016

During a routine inspection

This inspection was carried out on 25 August 2016 and was announced. We gave short notice of this inspection due to the needs of people living at the service. This service provides care and accommodation for up to four people with learning disabilities and autism. Three people lived at the service and one person was due to move to the service at the time of our inspection.

There was a registered manager in post. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the CQC to manage the service. Like registered providers, they are ‘registered persons’. Registered persons have legal responsibility for meeting the requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated Regulations about how the service is run.

Staff knew how to recognise signs of abuse and how to raise an alert if they had any concerns. Risk assessments were centred on the needs of the individual. Each risk assessment included clear measures to reduce identified risks and guidance for staff to follow or make sure people were protected from harm. Accidents and incidents were recorded and monitored to identify how the risks of recurrence could be reduced.

There was a sufficient number of staff deployed to meet people’s needs. Thorough recruitment procedures were in place which included the checking of references and personal identification.

Medicines were stored, administered, recorded and disposed of safely and correctly. Staff were trained in the safe administration of medicines and kept relevant records that were accurate.

The CQC is required by law to monitor the operation of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) which applies to care homes. Appropriate applications to restrict people’s freedom had been submitted and the least restrictive options had been considered.

Staff sought and obtained people’s consent before they helped them. Staff training in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) and DoLS was effective. People’s mental capacity was appropriately assessed about particular decisions. When necessary, appropriate meetings were held to make decisions in people’s best interests, as per the requirements of the MCA.

Staff received regular one to one supervision sessions and all essential training for their role. The staff supported people to have meals that were in sufficient quantity and met people’s needs and choices. Staff knew about and provided for people’s dietary preferences and restrictions.

Information was provided using accessible language and contained pictures about menus, activities and how to complain, to help people understand this information.

Staff knew each person well and understood how to meet their support and communication needs. Staff communicated effectively with people and treated them with kindness and respect.

People were promptly referred to health care professionals when needed.

Personal records included people’s individual plans of care, life history, likes and dislikes and preferred activities. People’s individual assessments and care plans were reviewed monthly or when their needs changed. The staff promoted people’s independence and encouraged people to do as much as possible for themselves.

People were involved in the planning of activities and a varied and individualised activities programme was in place which met people’s preferences. People’s feedback was actively sought at house meetings and review meetings.

Staff told us they felt supported by the registered manager and they had confidence in their leadership. The registered manager was open and transparent in their approach. They placed emphasis and priority on the person centred needs of people at the service.

There was a system of monitoring checks and audits to identify any improvements that needed to be made. The management team acted on the results of these checks to improve the quality of the service and care provided.

Inspection carried out on 27 January 2014

During a routine inspection

On the day of the inspection we met with the home and acting deputy manager. People had not returned from activities, so we talked through that day’s meeting with the home managers and the local safeguarding board. We were told there were only three residents with one vacancy. We looked through two care plans. We also saw the local and corporate policies relevant to the day’s outcomes.

We saw the layout of the home and the information boards for people and staff. We saw various aids in the kitchen, including pictorial, to ensure menu choices. On their return, people showed us around their home including their rooms and all of the other facilities. People told us about holidays and activities, such as one who had been to the USA and was still excited about the airplane and the dolphins. And one who had received a Valentine’s card that day and was chatting about how to respond.

We sat in the kitchen and watched people happily interacting with staff, talking about their day, sorting and doing laundry and other chores. There were occasional anxieties from one person, but we saw that staff were good at deflecting concerns and ensuring understanding of process. We saw that the views of the people were understood and acted upon.

Inspection carried out on 11 December 2012

During a routine inspection

During our inspection we met all of the four people who lived in the house as they returned from activities. We spoke with three of them in particular as they were excited by our presence, and wanted to show us around their house. They also told us about things they liked and about some of the activities and places they had visited.

We were shown around the house which was very homelike and saw that it was clean and tidy. Staff told us they had received training and were able to tell us about the procedures in place to maintain good infection control. We viewed records and saw that infection control audits were undertaken regularly.

We spoke with two staff and observed their interactions with people in the house. We saw that they had developed good ways of working with them and understood their individual needs. Staff said that the information in the care plans told them everything they needed to know, and as key workers they were responsible for keeping this up to date. They told us that they felt supported by the manager and had access to supervision and training. Records viewed confirmed this.

We spoke with the manager who explained how service quality was monitored. We viewed quality audits undertaken by the provider. We saw that actions were highlighted where shortfalls were noted, and progress towards addressing this was monitored. We saw evidence that the views of people living in the house and their representatives were sought and acted upon.

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