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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 30 July 2014
Date of Publication: 9 September 2014
Inspection Report published 09 September 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 30 July 2014, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with staff.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

During our visit to Allport Road we had a tour of the premises.

All areas were clean and tidy. Peoples' bedrooms had been personalised according to their taste.

We found that some areas of the home were in need of repair and/or decoration, for example there had been a leak and this had caused damage to the ceiling in the “snug”.

There was damage to the render on the bay at the front of the property. Inside the bay we saw that ants were present. The carpet in the dining room had a fairly large hole where it had worn away; it had been covered with a door mat. The hole and the mat could pose a trip hazard to people living there, the staff and visitors to the home.

We found that there was not adequate means of fire detection or ventilation in the garage which was used as a utility room. Following the visit the manager told us this had been addressed.

We saw that throughout our visit the door leading from “the snug” to the hall was held open with a wedge. This posed a risk to the residents and the property in the event of a fire.

We spoke with staff as there was a strong odour of urine in one of the bedrooms. We checked care records and saw that the person behaviour had improved and no behaviour around continence issues were evident.

We were told that the carpet had been cleaned but found the smell had not gone. This matter needed to be explored further as to the cause of the malodour.

We spoke with the manager following the visit who told us that there was a plan to address the areas identified. The provider may wish to note that maintenance and repairs need to be undertaken in a timely manner to ensure the safety of people living in the home, staff and visitors.