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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 7 June 2013
Date of Publication: 13 July 2013
Inspection Report published 13 July 2013 PDF | 81.97 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 7 June 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, talked with staff and reviewed information given to us by the provider.

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

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

Each person had an adjustable height bed with facility to adjust the base to support people’s preferred position in bed. There were ‘sleeping systems’ in place for some people, which had been individually designed to suit the needs of the person. We saw graphic instructions in people’s care plans describing how they should be used.

We saw that people were provided with the pressure relieving equipment required to support their individual needs. Equipment included various types of mattresses and cushions. Care plans were available for each device so people using the service could be confident staff used the equipment effectively.

There was a hoist tracking system in each person’s bedroom and en suite bathroom to facilitate staff supporting people to move from their bed into their wheelchair or the bathroom. Mobile hoists were also available. We observed staff using a hoist help a person move from exercise mats on the floor to their wheelchair following an activity. We saw staff using mobile privacy screens when they were helping people to move or readjusting their position in communal areas.

Staff told us individual wheelchairs were provided and maintained by the local authority wheelchair services department.

We saw raised toilet seats and grab rails in bathrooms, along with accessible baths and shower trolleys.

People were protected from unsafe or unsuitable equipment because arrangements were in place for maintenance and safety checks.

A maintenance person was employed in the home for 40 hours each week.

A sample of service and maintenance records were examined and found to be up to date. For example, mandatory six monthly safety checks on hoists were made in December 2012 and May 2013.