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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 30 May 2013
Date of Publication: 11 June 2013
Inspection Report published 11 June 2013 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 May 2013, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with staff.

We used the Short Observational Framework for Inspection (SOFI). SOFI is a specific way of observing care to help us understand the experience of people who could not talk with us.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

The provider had taken steps to provide care in an environment that was safe for service users, staff and visitors.

At our last inspection in April 2013 we found the provider was not compliant with this essential standard. This was because the provider had not taken steps to provide care in an environment that was safe for people who lived, worked or visited the home.

In response the provider sent us an action plan showing how they were going to make improvements. At this inspection visit we looked again at measures taken by the provider to become compliant.

During our last inspection in April 2013 we saw the provider had arranged for an extension to be built to connect the home to a newly built building next door. The new building had been constructed so the provider could register with the Care Quality Commission to increase the total number of people accommodated at Parklands. In our last inspection we found the new part of the building was unoccupied, in darkness and had not been properly secured to prevent people from accessing this area. As well as this, we saw general building materials had been left on the floor which could cause people to trip and builders tools were on the windowsill on which people could have injured themselves. The door to the extension had also been removed but screws which were a risk to people walking past them had been left protruding. In this way people were at risk of harm.

During this visit we saw the building work had now been completed. A new door had been fitted with a key code lock and was kept locked to prevent accidental access from one part of the building to another. The new area had been painted and decorated and there were no sharp or unfinished areas which could cause accidental injury. Nor were there any builders equipment or materials being stored in a way which may have caused an obstruction. This showed the provider had taken the necessary steps to provide a safe environment for people.