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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 4 September 2013
Date of Publication: 18 October 2013
Inspection Report published 18 October 2013 PDF | 88.74 KB

People should be safe from harm from unsafe or unsuitable equipment (outcome 11)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are not at risk of harm from unsafe or unsuitable equipment (medical and non-medical equipment, furnishings or fittings).
  • Benefit from equipment that is comfortable and meets their needs.

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 4 September 2013, 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 carers and / or family members and talked with staff.

We used the Short Observational Framework for Inspection (SOFI). SOFI is a specific way of observing care to help us understand the experience of people who could not talk with us.

Our judgement

People were protected from unsafe or unsuitable equipment.

Reasons for our judgement

People were protected from unsafe or unsuitable equipment because the manager made sure that equipment had been subject to regular servicing and maintenance to ensure it was safe for use.

Staff told us they had access to sufficient equipment, such as hoists and appropriate chairs to safely meet the needs of the people they provided support for. We observed staff providing assistance for people to move them to and from their wheelchairs.

We spoke with one person who was confined to bed due to their current healthcare needs. They told us they had a pressure relieving mattress which the staff checked was in good working order. They had been supplied with bed rails and bumpers to maintain their safety and comfort. Records and risk assessments confirmed this equipment was maintained to ensure it was safe for use.

We saw that people in the home had access to a choice of assisted bathing and showering facilities. One of the bathrooms was being painted on the day of our inspection. One person told us, "I like a daily shower.The shower room is not sufficient for me, I feel confined in there. I would like it to be more spacious". We discussed the available facilities with the manager; we saw that one bathroom on the first floor was not currently used by people due to their physical needs. The manager told us there were plans in place to improve one of the shower room but this was awaiting financial agreement with the provider.

There was enough equipment to promote the independence and comfort of people who used the service.