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The Orchard - Care Home Physical Disabilities

Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

Woolton Road, Liverpool, Merseyside, L25 7UL (0151) 428 8671

Provided and run by:
Leonard Cheshire Disability

All Inspections

6 July 2023

During a monthly review of our data

We carried out a review of the data available to us about The Orchard - Care Home Physical Disabilities on 6 July 2023. We have not found evidence that we need to carry out an inspection or reassess our rating at this stage.

This could change at any time if we receive new information. We will continue to monitor data about this service.

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20 August 2019

During a routine inspection

About the service

The Orchard - Care Home Physical Disabilities is a residential care home registered to provide accommodation and personal care for up to 27 people. At the time of our inspection 26 people were living at the home, one of whom was in hospital.

People’s experience of using this service and what we found

People told us they felt safe living at the home and there were enough staff to support them. Comments included, “I always feel safe and secure, I trust the staff, they’re very trustworthy” and “[The staff] are always there if you need them.” Systems were in place to protect people from abuse and new staff were safely recruited.

People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible and in their best interests; the policies and systems in the service supported this practice.

People’s needs were effectively assessed before they were supported by the home and staff worked effectively with other healthcare professionals to ensure people’s health and wellbeing was maintained. One person said, “If I’m ever feeling unwell the staff help me to get an appointment with my GP.” People also told us they enjoyed the food and drink at the home.

All the people we spoke with gave us positive feedback about the staff at the home and we saw the staff knew the people they were supporting well. Comments included, “The staff are always calm and caring, they’re all great” and “[The staff] treat me with dignity and respect, they help maintain everyone’s dignity and people always look clean and well-dressed.”

People’s care plans reflected their needs and gave staff the information they needed to support them. People and their relatives were involved in the care planning and review process to ensure people’s care plans were person-centred. There was also a good range of activities on offer to people living at the home.

People told us the home was well-led and we saw there was a kind and caring culture amongst staff at the home.

For more details, please see the full report which is on the CQC website at www.cqc.org.uk

Rating at last inspection

The last rating for this service was good (published 28 February 2017).

Why we inspected

This was a planned inspection based on the previous rating.

Follow up

We will continue to monitor information we receive about the service until we return to visit as per our re-inspection programme. If we receive any concerning information we may inspect sooner.

26 October 2016

During a routine inspection

We inspected The Orchard on 26 October 2016. This was an unannounced inspection which meant that the staff and provider did not know that we would be visiting.

The Orchard - Care Home Physical Disabilities is a purpose built care home for 27 adults. People living at the home have a range of needs including physical or learning disabilities. The home provides a residential service and is located in a quiet area of south Liverpool.

The registered manager had worked at the home for over 18 years and been the registered manager for 12 of those years. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission 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.

At the time of the inspection 27 people lived at the service and we met nine of the people who used the service. They told us that they were very happy with the service and found it met their needs.

Most of the people we met had lived at the service of a number of years and some had been there for 20 years. We found that the registered provider, registered manager and staff consistently ensured people were supported to lead an independent lifestyle. We found that most of the people did not require support with personal care and led independent lifestyles.

We saw that staff were very skilled at meeting people’s needs. We found that the staff’s extensive knowledge of people had enabled them to readily spot changes in people’s presentation. People spoke highly of the staff and felt they were a good support.

We saw that detailed assessments were completed, which identified people’s health and support needs as well as any risks to people who used the service and others. These assessments were used to create plans to reduce the risks identified as well as support plans.

There were systems and processes in place to protect people from the risk of harm. We found that staff understood and appropriately used safeguarding procedures.

Care staff cooked meals for people and encouraged them to eat a healthy diet. The kitchen had recently been refurbished and adapted to enable disabled access, which assisted both the people and a chef who used a wheelchair to prepare and cook at ease.

People were supported to maintain good health and had access to healthcare professionals and services. People were supported and encouraged to have regular health checks and were accompanied by staff to hospital appointments.

Staff were aware of how to respect people’s privacy and dignity.

Staff had received a range of training, which covered mandatory courses such as fire safety, infection control and first aid as well as condition specific training such as working with people who had various physical health conditions.

Staff had also received training around the application of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. The staff we spoke with understood the requirements of this legislation. When people had capacity staff correctly did not complete capacity assessments or make best interest decisions but for those people who lacked capacity this was in place.

People and the staff we spoke with told us that there were enough staff on duty. We found that on the whole there were sufficient staff on duty to meet people’s needs. The home had a programme in place whereby two placements were offered to oversee volunteers, which were constantly filled. The activity co-ordinator had also established a pool of volunteers who regularly visited to provide befriending services, take people out on trips, provide one-to-one time or be drivers for people.

The activity co-ordinator ran charity challenge programmes whereby local business bid for and then completed specific tasks such as enhancing the garden or decorating parts of the home. The businesses used the activity as team building exercises and provided all of the material. The activity coordinator found that business frequently requested to be involved in other challenges.

Effective recruitment and selection procedures were in place and we saw that appropriate checks had been undertaken before staff began work.

We reviewed the systems for the management of medicines and found that people received their medicines safely.

We saw that the registered provider had an effective system in place for dealing with any complaints. We found that people felt confident that staff would respond and take action to support them. The registered manager and staff routinely sought people’s views about their experience of the service.

Appropriate checks of the building and maintenance systems were undertaken to ensure health and safety. We found that all relevant infection control procedures were followed by the staff at the service.

The registered provider had developed a range of systems to monitor and improve the quality of the service provided. We saw that the provider had implemented these and used them to critically review the service.

6 March 2014

During an inspection looking at part of the service

We had previously inspected The Orchard in August 2013 and found a number of areas of non-compliance. During this inspection visit we found that there had been improvements at the service since our last inspection.

The Orchard care home provided people who used the service and their families with sufficient and appropriate information about their support and treatment to enable them to make informed decisions about their care. People's needs were assessed and, where appropriate, people were consulted and involved in the planning of their care.

People who used the service, staff and visitors were protected against the risk of unsafe or unsuitable premises. There was an effective system in place to identify, assess and manage risks to the health, safety and welfare of people who used the service.

16 August 2013

During a routine inspection

In this report the name of a registered manager appears who was not in post and not managing the regulatory activities at this location at the time of the inspection. Their name appears because they were still the Registered Manager for this service on our register at the time.

During our visit we spoke with five people who use the service and three members of staff. At the time of our visit we noted that people who use the service have varying needs due to their complex physical condition. During our visit we noted that people who used the service were well presented and we observed staff interacting with people appropriately throughout our visit.

People who use the service gave us positive feedback relating to the staff, one person told us 'They [the staff] are good. Very good.'

We found that people's care and treatment was not planned and delivered in a way that ensured people's safety and welfare.

People who use the service, staff and visitors were not protected against the risk of unsafe or unsuitable premises. There was no effective system in place to identify, assess and manage risks to the health, safety and welfare of people using the service.

12 October 2012

During a routine inspection

We spoke with four people who live at The Orchard, one visitor and five staff during our visit. People who used the service told us that staff were kind and caring and that they supported them to be as independent as possible. People said "My privacy is always respected", "The staff are very good and helpful" and "I am looked after very well."

Staff told us that the training was very good and the support they had from the management team was good. Comments included "I am well supported by the manager", "The staff team work well together" and "The volunteers are amazing." Staff also commented "I get satisfaction enabling people to achieve their goals", "I love my job", "Its a rewarding job" and "Its very rewarding to assist people to achieve what they want to."