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Inspection carried out on 18 May 2017

During a routine inspection

The inspection took place on 18 May 2017 and was announced.

Hardwick View is a residential care home providing care and accommodation for up to 20 people. On the day of the inspection 19 people were using the service.

Hardwick View provides care for people with a learning disability.

Hardwick View is a large house. There were shared bathrooms, a shared kitchen and a shared lounge and conservatory. There was a large outside garden area. Access to the house was step free. In addition there was a further smaller bungalow within the grounds for people ready for more independent living.

The service had a registered manager in post. 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.

People’s quality of life continued to improve under the leadership of the management team. Staff and relatives all described the management in exceptional terms. Staff talked positively about their jobs and their shared commitment to people achieving their best. Care was compassionate and based on best practice. The staff team were highly motivated to achieve excellent care so people had the best quality of life possible. The registered manager and deputies were caring and proactive, they ensured effective and close monitoring of all aspects of the service to ensure ongoing improvement across all areas.

On the day of the inspection staff within the service were relaxed, there was a welcoming, calm and friendly atmosphere. Relatives repeatedly told us, “It’s like a large family”. Everybody had a clear role within the service. Information we requested was supplied promptly, records were organised, clear, easy to follow and comprehensive.

Staff put people at the heart of their work; they exhibited a kind and compassionate attitude towards people and their loved ones. Strong relationships had been developed and practice was person focused and not task led. Staff had appreciation of how to respect people’s individual needs around their privacy and dignity.

People led very busy, full lives at Hardwick View. People told us they enjoyed football matches, shopping and coffee outings, pamper evenings, arts and crafts and we saw everyone enjoying a pet therapy afternoon during the inspection. Special events had been held such as a music festival and dog show which people had thoroughly enjoyed.

Some people had limited verbal communication but we observed they felt comfortable with staff, were warm, tactile and engaged in their interactions with staff. Staff knew people’s individual communication styles. Other people we met were keen to share what they had been doing since the previous inspection, and showed us around their home. We heard of people’s exciting trips to watch football in London, balls attended and people being chosen to represent England at the Special Olympics.

Care records were personalised and gave people control over all aspects of their lives. Staff responded quickly to people’s change in needs. People or where appropriate those who mattered to them, were involved in regularly reviewing their needs and how they would like to be supported. People’s unique preferences were identified, known by all staff and respected. People’s rooms were decorated with their favourite things, for example, football and Dr Who memorabilia. People were supported with their personal choices for example one woman who was 78 had just had her ears pierced and was enjoying buying new jewellery to match her outfits.

People had their medicines managed safely. People received their medicines as prescribed, received them on time and understood what they were for. People were supported to maintain good health through regular access to health and social care professionals, such as

Inspection carried out on 15 & 16 July 2015

During a routine inspection

The inspection took place on the 15 & 16 July 2015 and was unannounced.

Hardwick View is a residential care home providing care and accommodation for up to 20 people. On the day of the inspection 20 people were using the service. Hardwick View provides care for people with a learning disability.

The service had a registered manager in post. 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.

During the inspection people and staff were relaxed; the environment was clean and clutter free. There was a happy, calm and pleasant atmosphere. Relatives said, “It’s like walking into your own home, everyone is always so lovely, friendly, open and approachable”; “It’s knocked spots of everywhere else we visited”; “The opportunities here, the staff, the atmosphere, all are so good”; “They care all around, through talking and their understanding manner. People are treated as individuals, they (the staff) seem to understand each has different needs, demands, worries and concerns. “People moved freely around the home, were very happy and enjoyed living in the home.

Care records were focused on giving people control and encouraging people to maintain their independence. Staff responded quickly to changes in people’s needs, for example if they felt unwell or their presentation changed. People and those who mattered to them were involved in identifying people’s needs and how they would like to be supported. People preferences were sought and respected. People’s life histories, disabilities and abilities were taken into account, communicated and recorded, so staff provided consistent personalised care, treatment and support.

People’s risks were known, monitored and managed well. There was an open, transparent culture and good communication within the staff team. Accidents and incidents were recorded and managed promptly. Staff knew how to respond in an emergency situation. There were effective quality assurance systems in place. Incidents related to people’s behaviour were appropriately recorded and analysed to understand possible triggers and reduce the likelihood of a reoccurrence.

People were encouraged to live active lives and were supported to participate in community life where possible. Activities were meaningful and reflected people’s interests and individual hobbies for example football. People thoroughly enjoyed activities within the home such as arts and crafts, singing and dancing and excursions to places of their choice such as the library, picnic areas and those who wished to go away enjoyed holidays and boat trips. People were excited about the forthcoming music festival being held in August.

People had their medicines managed safely. People received their medicines as prescribed, received them on time and understood what they were for where possible. People’s medicines were kept safely in their bedrooms with clear information about each medicine. People were supported to maintain good health through regular visits with healthcare professionals, such as GPs, psychiatrists and the learning disability team.

People, friends, relatives and staff were encouraged to be involved in meetings held at the home and helped drive continuous improvements such as the recent redecoration. Listening to feedback helped ensure positive progress was made in the delivery of care and support provided by the home.

People knew how to raise concerns and make complaints. People and those who mattered to them explained there was an open door policy and staff always listened and were approachable. People told us they did not have any current concerns but any previous, minor feedback given to staff had been dealt with promptly and satisfactorily. Any complaints made would be thoroughly investigated and recorded in line with Hardwick View’s own policy.

People told us they felt safe and secure. People’s personal possessions and their money were kept safely. Comments included “Yes, I feel safe, top security here”; “I’m safe, staff are there whenever I want”; “I am safe here, three years of doing whatever I want to do.” Relatives commented “There is always someone around, the location is lovely; staff always know where everyone is”; “It feels so secure.”

Staff understood their role with regards the ensuring people’s human rights and legal rights were respected. For example, the Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and the associated Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) were understood by staff. All staff had undertaken training on safeguarding adults from abuse; they displayed good knowledge on how to report any concerns and described what action they would take to protect people against harm. Staff told us they felt confident any incidents or allegations would be fully investigated. Staff commented “We make sure the environment is safe and that people are safe and supported and we are there when they need us.” Staff explained how they kept people safe “We all do training, report everything, attend safeguarding courses and we have good communication.”

Staff received a comprehensive induction programme and the Care Certificate (a new staff induction programme) had been implemented within the home. There were sufficient staff to meet people’s needs. Staff were very kind, caring and thoughtful. Staff ensured people mattered and cared for people’s families and relatives. Staff were appropriately trained and had the correct skills to carry out their roles effectively.

Staff described the management as open, very supportive and approachable. Staff felt like part of a large family and talked positively about their jobs. Comments included, “I love working here, I’ve always wanted to do this job”; “We all feel part of the family and care for people like family.”

Inspection carried out on 25 July 2014

During a routine inspection

We considered our inspection findings to answer questions we always ask;

Is the service safe?

Is the service effective?

Is the service caring?

Is the service responsive?

Is the service well led?

This is a summary of what we found. The summary is based on our observations during the inspection, speaking with sixteen people using the service, three staff supporting them and from looking at records.

If you want to see the evidence supporting our summary please read the full report.

Is the service safe?

People were treated with respect and dignity by the staff. People told us "I feel safe here". During our inspection we spent time observing people as they enjoyed a musical entertainer. We noted the interactions were good and showed staff respected people at the home.

Safeguarding procedures were robust and staff understood how to safeguard the people they supported. CQC monitors the operation of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) which applies to care homes. The manager told us they had not needed to submit any applications. Proper policies and procedures were in place and the manager knew to liaise with the local DoLS team if required. The manager and senior staff had been trained to understand when an application should be made, and how to submit one.

Recruitment practice was safe and thorough. Staff files showed us that the staff had undertaken appropriate inductions, training and had regular one to one meetings and appraisals with their manager.

Is the service effective?

People who lived in the home told us they were happy with the care they received. We spoke with staff who were able to tell us how they met people's care needs. We observed the care provided and spoke with the people who lived in the home. This gave us evidence that staff knew people well. People's health and care needs were assessed to ensure they received high quality care that met their individual needs. Where people were not able to make certain choices and decisions we found evidence that relatives and representatives had been involved in the care planning process. Regular support plan reviews were carried out to ensure they reflected people's current needs.

Is the service caring?

People were supported by kind and attentive staff. They said "The staff are patient, nice and kind." Staff told us "We try to give our clients the best possible life we can and that they deserve." We observed this during our inspection and saw that staff were patient and went at the person's pace when assisting them with their mobility, food, and personal care needs. During the musical entertainment we saw staff and people who lived at the home sharing a song and dance together. We saw that people were having fun and were very happy.

During our inspection it was a very hot day and ice lollies were handed out to help people stay cool. People were encouraged to wear their sunhats in the heat and sit in the shaded areas to reduce the risk of sunburn.

Staff knew people’s personal communication styles and responded promptly to meet their needs. We observed a mutually caring environment between staff and people during our inspection. The staff we observed acted as role models for people to help them manage all aspects of daily living.

Is the service responsive?

People's needs had been assessed before they moved into the home where possible and a gradual, individual transition to Hardwick View had been made. The manager visited people and carried out an assessment to ensure the service was able to meet their needs. People were able to visit the home and meet the current residents and decide whether they liked Hardwick View.

The home were observant to people's changing needs, moods and behaviours and promptly intervened to reduce people's anxiety or distress. The provider liaised closely with health and social care professionals and followed their advice when needed. We spoke to staff about how they supported people's individual behavioural needs and all staff were clear and consistent in the support provided.

People had access to activities that were important to them such as college, access to the local discos and the library. We saw the home provided a relaxed environment where people enjoyed the garden, chickens and rabbits. There was a complaints policy and several people told us they felt able to speak to the staff if they were unhappy about something. They felt confident that the service would deal with any matters to their satisfaction.

Is the service well-led?

The service worked well with other agencies and services to make sure people received their care in a joined up way. Regular meetings were held on a Monday morning and afternoon to encourage people to share their thoughts and views about their lives at the home. Staff told us they were clear about their roles and responsibilities. Staff told us they had regular meetings with the manager and there was an "open door" philosophy at the home. Staff told us they felt supported by their colleagues, the manager and the owners. This helped to ensure that people received a good quality service at all times.

There were audits and monitoring in place which ensured the home maintained a high quality of care and a shared philosophy of respect and choice for people.

Inspection carried out on 23 November 2013

During a routine inspection

We spoke to ten people during our visit and met most of the other people who lived at Hardwick View. We spoke with two visiting relatives. We spoke with the registered manager,the deputy manager, a senior care worker and two other staff on duty. We reviewed five care files and spoke with the staff about the care people received.

We found people were involved in the running of Hardwick View. People had their views listened to through regular resident's meetings, annual questionnaires about their experiences and people were involved in choosing the staff they wanted to employ at the home.

People had their individual needs assessed and were involved in their care and treatment where possible. Staff liaised closely with relevant health and social care professionals to meet people's care and welfare needs.

People's nutritional needs were met. People living at Hardwick View choose their menu's, did the shopping for the food and were supported to manage their diet where this was required.

Staff were aware of their roles and responsibilities to protect people from harm at Hardwick View. There was regular training in place for staff and an open, transparent culture was evident at the home.

There was a complaints process if someone wished to make a complaint. There had not been any recent complaints at Hardwick view.

Inspection carried out on 24 February 2013

During a routine inspection

We (the Care Quality Commission) carried out this inspection as part of our scheduled inspection programme.

We talked with ten people who lived at the home. They all told us that they were happy with the service provided by Hardwick View and that they felt safe. Other people who were not able to communicate verbally with us appeared to be calm, comfortable and relaxed. People told us that staff helped them to make choices about their lives and supported their decisions.

We looked at the care provided and records relating to three people. We saw detailed records relating to each person’s care. These included risk assessments and care plans and these records enabled staff to meet people’s individual needs.

People were involved in the daily life of the home and took part in ordinary domestic activity. The home respected people’s food likes and dislikes, and food choices.

We spoke with four staff who told us that that they felt supported in their role and enjoyed working at the service. People told us staff were approachable and always available. Staff training was updated and relevant to the care needs of people using the service.

We saw that all areas of the home were warm, clean and safe for the people living there.

The registered manager monitored the quality of the service provided. He had responded to information received and changed areas of care being provided in order to improve the service.

Inspection carried out on 19 September 2011

During a routine inspection

People we spoke with during our visit told us that they were happy living at the home. Other people were not able to communicate verbally with us appeared to be calm and relaxed.

We heard the respectful way that staff spoke to people and supported them with their care. We saw many occasions when staff supported people to make choices and used their knowledge of peoples’ likes and dislikes to judge people’s wishes.

People were involved in the daily life of the home and took part in their ordinary domestic activity. We saw that peoples’ wide variety of meal choices and needs were met by the service. The home respected peoples’ food likes and dislikes, and food choices.

Some people that live in the home have significant physical needs. We saw staff delivering support with patience and care. The staff group is very stable and we were told that there had been no staff changes for two years. This helps with the consistent delivery of care.

Peoples care planning was not well organised and needed at times to give more detailed information about people’s needs and how these were to be met.

People were engaged in activity but the records of daily activity that would have shown how people had been engaged were not detailed enough. The records did not demonstrate that all the people that live at the home are having a fulfilled and active lifestyle based on their individual abilities and interests.

When we walked around the home we looked at the cleanliness and hygiene experienced by the people that lived there. In many places we saw that the home was not being kept clean enough to give people a good quality of life.

We also found that the service was not protecting people that use the service and the staff from the risk of acquiring an infection. The homes main kitchen and mainly used laundry room had not been well maintained to provide easily cleanable and well organised facilities. The service’s infection control systems were not adequate. For example the staff were hand rinsing heavily soiled laundry before machine washing but had not considered the infection control risks of this practice, or the need to provide appropriate face protective equipment for the staff carrying out this task.

The number of staff present on duty in the home was able to meet people’s personal care needs. However there was no documentary evidence to show that the numbers of staff provided at different times of the day was based on an analysis of all of peoples’ personal care needs, their need for stimulating activity, and their need for domestic support.

We saw that peoples’ needs were being met by adequately trained staff.

We found that overall the management of the service was not effectively monitoring the quality of the service being delivered to the people that live in the home.

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