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Ashbourne House - Stockport Good

Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 21 November 2020

Ashbourne House is a care home without nursing registered to provide care and accommodation for up to 23 older people. At the time of the inspection there were 17 people living at the home. The capacity of the home had temporarily reduced to ensure good infection prevention and control practices and to reduce the risk to people living at the home.

We found the following examples of good practice

¿ The service had implemented a safe procedure for outside visiting. The service had been innovative in ensuring people had the best possible experience when a friend or relative wished to visit. The service had set up a specific room with a large, sealed window and installed an intercom system to facilitate safe window visits by appointment. This room and intercom was sanitised after each visit.

¿ The service ensured people were supported to keep in contact with friends and family through the use of telephone and video calls. The service also streamed exercise classes and concerts through video conferencing applications. The registered manager told us they had kept the residents and families up-to-date with the current situation at the home through regular meetings, letters and phone calls.

¿ The service had comprehensive contingency plans in place to cohort and zone areas in the event of an outbreak. The service was already supporting people in small groups to include those people who liked to sit together in the lounge and dining room. These groups were kept together as much as possible and specific staff members were allocated to support those groups.

¿ There was a clear policy in place for new admissions to the home; this applied whether it was a new person from the community or someone returning from a hospital stay. The registered manager ensured Covid-19 test results had been confirmed for new admissions and people were tested regularly after admission. These people were required to self-isolate in their room for 14 days and extra infection control measures were put in place. The service had made the isolation room as pleasant as possible and staff ensured regular interaction to offer extra support to people during their isolation.

¿ The service had made provision for a designated room for staff to change into and out of their uniform and safely use the required personal protective equipment (PPE). Staff were able to place their uniforms straight into the laundry and a staff shower was to be installed. Sanitisation and PPE stations were placed around the building. Staff had made pictures of famous people and artwork where they had added PPE as a fun way of introducing the use of PPE at the home. The service ensured they had sufficient stocks of PPE and had purchased extra supplies.

¿ Regular testing was carried out at the home of both staff and people who used the service. There was a clear and detailed action plan in place in the event of a positive Covid-19 test. All staff and people had been risk assessed for their level of vulnerability and anyone identified as particularly vulnerable had an individual risk management plan in place. The home had a regime in place for regularly checking people's current health to quickly identify if someone was showing signs of being unwell.

¿ The home was very clean. A strong emphasis had been placed on current cleaning schedules and extra twice-daily cleaning regimes had been introduced. These were to ensure all contact points were cleaned with anti-bacterial sprays specifically designed to kill Covid-19. Deep cleans were also regularly carried out. The service had purchased a UV air purifier to remove bacteria and viruses that may be in the air; this was an extra measure to ensure the home was as clean as possible.

¿ The home did not use agency staff. However, the registered manager had arranged a pre-emptive contingency plan with a local agency to ensure access to single, exclusive agency staff in the event of staff shortages due to an outbreak. Staff had received addition

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 21 November 2020

We were assured the service was following safe infection prevention and control procedures to keep people safe.

Effective

Good

Updated 21 November 2020

Caring

Good

Updated 21 November 2020

Responsive

Good

Updated 21 November 2020

Well-led

Good

Updated 21 November 2020