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Archived: Freehold Cottage Residential Home

Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

452 Market Street, Shawforth, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL12 8JB (01706) 853384

Provided and run by:
K D Burke

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Background to this inspection

Updated 27 April 2019

The inspection:

We carried out this inspection under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (the Act) as part of our regulatory functions. This inspection was planned to check whether the provider was meeting the legal requirements and regulations associated with the Act, to look at the overall quality of the service, and to provide a rating for the service under the Care Act 2014.

Inspection team:

The inspection was carried out by one adult social care inspector.

Service and service type:

Freehold Cottage is a care home. People in care homes receive accommodation and nursing or personal care as a single package under one contractual agreement. CQC regulates both the premises and the care provided, and both were looked at during this inspection. The care home is a detached property which accommodates up to six adults with mental illness.

The service had a manager registered with the Care Quality Commission. This means that they and the provider are legally responsible for how the service is run and for the quality and safety of the care provided.

Notice of inspection:

We gave the service 24 hours’ notice of the inspection visit because it is small and people were often out accessing the community. We needed to be sure people who lived in the home and staff would be available to speak with us.

What we did:

Before the inspection:

Our inspection plan took into account information the provider had sent to us including the Provider Information Return. This is information we require providers to send us at least once annually to give some key information about the service, what the service does well and improvements they plan to make. We also considered information about incidents the provider must notify us about, such as abuse or serious injuries.

We requested information from the Lancashire County Council contract management team and infection prevention team as well as Healthwatch Lancashire. Healthwatch Lancashire is an independent organisation which ensures that people’s views and experiences are heard by those who run, plan and regulate health and social care services in Lancashire.

We used all the information gathered to plan our inspection.

During the inspection:

We were only able to speak in depth with one person who lived in the home. However, we also spoke more generally with a further three people. We also spoke with the registered manager, the service manager, two support workers and two visiting healthcare professionals.

We reviewed the care and medicines records for two people who lived in the home, three staff personnel files, audits and other records about the management of the service.

We requested additional evidence to be sent to us after our inspection, including the staff training matrix and the policy relating to the provider's duty of candour. This evidence was received and the information was used as part of our inspection.

Overall inspection


Updated 27 April 2019

About the service: Freehold Cottage is a residential care home that is registered to provide accommodation, care and support for up to six adults with a mental illness. At the time of this inspection, there were five people living in the home.

People’s experience of using this service:

People who lived in the home benefitted from support from staff who were very caring, understanding of their individual needs and committed to providing high quality care. A staff member told us, “I just want to make sure people feel safe, respected and confident.”

The ethos of the service was ‘Enabling Choice’ and this was clearly evidenced in the approach of all staff. People were encouraged to be as independent as possible and to make choices about the support they received.

The registered manager and staff worked in collaboration with community based mental health professionals to ensure people received safe and effective care. People were supported to take positive risks as appropriate to help improve their quality of life.

The service met the characteristics for a rating of good in all the key questions we inspected. Therefore, our overall rating for the service after this inspection remains good.

Rating at last inspection: Good. (Report published 6 August 2016).

Why we inspected: This was a planned inspection to check that this service remained good.

Follow up: We will continue to monitor this service and plan to inspect in line with our re-inspection schedule for those services rated good or sooner if we receive information of concern.

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