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Katherine House Rest Home

Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

Cote House Lane, Bristol, Avon, BS9 3UW (0117) 987 3540

Provided and run by:
The Cote Charity

All Inspections

6 July 2023

During a monthly review of our data

We carried out a review of the data available to us about Katherine House Rest Home 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.

If you have concerns about Katherine House Rest Home, you can give feedback on this service.

14 October 2020

During an inspection looking at part of the service

Katherine House is a care home that provides accommodation with personal care, over two floors, for up to 41 people. At the time of this targeted inspection 33 people were living in the home.

We found the following examples of good practice.

• Clear external signage directed people to the reception area. Staff greeted visitors at the entrance to the home. Visitors were asked to read and sign a health declaration and have their temperature checked, using the wall mounted digital thermometer on arrival. This meant people could independently check their temperature, eliminating the need for staff to use equipment to undertake this procedure. Handwashing facilities and a hand dryer had been installed in the reception area. Personal protective equipment (PPE) was provided and staff were available to show visitors how to use it.

• Structured and planned internal and garden visits were facilitated. Most internal visits took place in the library that had direct access onto an external decked area. A table had been fitted with a dividing perspex screen. Visits were limited to 30 minutes, with 15 minute breaks between visits, to enable cleaning to take place. Visits to people in bedrooms took place for end of life visiting only.

• The well-being of people using the service and staff, was fully considered. The registered manager is a mental health first aider, and we were given examples of how staff had been supported through personal difficulties. A well-being coordinator and designated well-being staff provided support and activity for people. They ensured people were helped to communicate with their loved ones, in ways that were meaningful for them. For example, for one person, receiving end of life care, a sign language translator was used to help communication with their relative.

• Since the onset of the pandemic, there had been no confirmed or suspected cases of people using the service having contracted COVID-19, at the time of this review. Staff were being tested weekly, and people using the service were being tested monthly for COVID-19.

• Katherine House had clear policies, procedures and contingency plans in place. It was clear from audits undertaken, that actions were taken to ensure continuous improvements were made.

• There was regular communication from the treasurer and the registered manager, to staff and to relatives. The deputy manager told us how well the staff team had been managing during the pandemic and spoke positively of the support they received from the committee of The Cote Charity.

20 June 2019

During a routine inspection

About the service

Katherine House is a residential care home providing personal care to older people. The service can support up to 41 people. At the time of our inspection there were 40 people living at the home.

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

People received care of very good quality that was person centred and valued people as individuals. Equality and diversity was celebrated and activities and events were planned with this in mind. Feedback from people and their relatives, was without exception positive. It was very evident throughout the day that strong relationships had been built between staff and people in the home. Staff were kind, respectful and fun and this created a positive atmosphere.

People were able to live busy and fulfilling lives. There was a wellbeing team in place who ensured that activities reflected people’s choices and preferences. Links were made with other homes and organisations to reduce the risk of social isolation for people. This included partnerships with projects such as the ‘Bristol ageing better project’.

The home was exceptionally well led. There was a person centred approached evident from the management through to staff. Staff were motivated and happy in their roles. The management team listened to people’s views and these influenced how the service was run.

People were safe. There were sufficient numbers of staff to ensure people’s needs were met. Risk assessments were in place to guide staff in providing safe care. The home was clean and well maintained.

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. Staff received good training and support to enable them to carry out their roles effectively.

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 (report published 22 December 2016)

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

14 November 2016

During a routine inspection

The inspection took place on 14 November 2016 and was unannounced. The care home was last inspected on 8 July 2014 and met the legal requirements at that time. Katherine House is registered to provide personal care for up to 41 people. There were 39 people living in the home on the day of our visit.

There was 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 and their relatives all spoke positively about the care and support provided by the care home team. They told us that staff were, “Very kind and helpful” and that, “They [the staff team] look after you very well.” People told us that staff were respectful and thoughtful.

People’s needs were assessed by the management team before people moved into the home. Care plans were devised with input from people and their relatives. Risks to people were assessed, and actions were taken to reduce the risks and keep people safe.

Staff understood how to safeguard people, and knew the actions to take if they suspected abuse. People who were supported by the service told us they felt safe.

People received personalised care that was responsive to their needs. Care plans reflected that people’s individual needs, preferences and choices had been considered and acted upon. Staff were knowledgeable about people’s individual needs.

People were supported to have their nutritional needs met. Where people required special or modified diets, external specialist support was obtained, and their advice, guidance and instructions were followed.

The home was well-managed. The registered manager monitored the quality of the service and sought and acted on people’s feedback. Quality assurance systems were in place to monitor and mitigate the risks relating to the health, safety and welfare of people.

8 July 2014

During a routine inspection

This inspection was carried out by an adult social care inspector. At the time of inspection 40 people were living in the home. The purpose of our inspection was to answer these key questions; Is the service caring? Is the service responsive? Is the service safe? Is the service effective? Is the service well led?

Below is a summary of what we found. The summary is based on our observations during the inspection, speaking with people using the service, their relatives, the 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?

We saw that all staff had attended safeguarding training in 2014. The people we spoke with at Katherine House Rest Home all told us they felt safe living there. One person told us” I feel extremely safe here. The home is excellent and has a good feel to it”. One relative we spoke with told us “because my relative says they feel safe here we can sleep well at night”.

Katherine House Rest Home had clear policies and procedures in place regarding abuse and the protection of vulnerable adults. The policy gave guidance to staff about their responsibilities around keeping people safe. Staff had a good understanding about safeguarding vulnerable adults; the types of abuse and the reporting procedures to be followed. The staff we spoke with demonstrated an awareness of what constituted abuse or poor practice.

Is the service effective?

We saw from the records that 85% of the staff have gained National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) level 2 and 3 in health and social care. This meant that staff had received appropriate training to provide care and support to the people who used the service.

One person we spoke with told “the girls are wonderful, kind and pleasant. They helped me so much when I was in a mess. I am sure that is down to their training.

Is the service caring?

People who used the service and their representatives spoke positively about the staff. We spoke with seven people who used the service. People told us that staff were kind and caring towards them. One person told us ”staff are very king and caring to me. They do everything for me the way I want it. It is a good place”. Another person said “staff are polite, kind and compassionate towards us all”.

We also spoke with four relatives. The relatives told us staff were polite, kind and respectful. One relative said, “the manager and all the staff are pleasant and polite whenever we come here.”

Is the service responsive?

We saw all policies stored in the office at the reception for referral and to guide staff in their work. Staff had signed to confirm they had read each policy. This included the complaint policy.

The complaints policy was displayed in the hallway and referred people to who to contact if they felt their complaint had not been resolved. For example the ombudsman. The manager had a book for recording complaints by people who used the service or their relatives, and we saw that there were no complaints since our last inspection.

The manager told us complaints would be dealt with promptly and effectively if any was received. One person we spoke with told us “if I am not happy I will tell somebody but there is no need as I have no complaints”. This meant that the home had system in place for handling complaints in a suitable manner

Is the service well-led?

We saw records that showed the manager carried out three monthly health and safety audits of the environment. The last audit was 17 June 2014.This helped to identify any hazards that could impact on the health and safety of the people who used the service. We saw that there were no issues identified.

.We saw that home had other methods of reviewing the quality of service. This included monitoring visits from persons designated by the provider. The last visit was on 19 June 2014. We saw that action plan had been developed to address the issues highlighted.

We spoke with two social care professionals who visited the home frequently. They told us they were satisfied with the care provided at the home. One person told us “I have no concern. It is a therapeutic environment which contributes to people’s sense of wellbeing”.

25 June 2013

During a routine inspection

We spoke to ten people who used the service. We received many positive comments about the care and support that was provided by the staff at Katherine House. This included 'excellent staff from the youngest ones up.' 'They are all very pleasant', 'they are always helpful' and 'everybody here is so kind, they look after me so well.'

During our visit we observed people being supported in the home and looked at the care plans for four people. We spoke with three members of staff, the manager and three visitors.

People could be confident that their care needs were being assessed, with clear person centred plans being in place to inform the staff. People were involved in the planning of their care. There were regular activities being organised in the home and the local community.

Appropriate checks were undertaken before staff began work. This ensured people were protected against unsuitable staff supporting them.

People who use the service, their representatives and staff were asked for their views about their care and treatment and they were acted on.

Monthly audits were being completed in respect of the care, staff training and support, infection control and the environment. This demonstrated that the manager was continually reviewing the service to ensure that quality was maintained and improvements made where required.

1, 2 May 2012

During a routine inspection

We spoke to five people during our visit and two relatives. People told us they were involved in decisions about their care and they were always consulted prior to care being delivered.

People told us that there were daily activities organised by the staff in the home. These included quizzes, keep fit, cross words, sing-a-longs, art and craft, fortnightly church services and poetry groups.

Three people commented positively about the dance/keep fit group and how this had improved either their physical condition or relationships in the home. One person said 'the dance group has brought both the staff and the people living in the home closer; it is a really good session and one I look forward to attending'.

People told us the staff treated them with respect and were very caring. We observed staff knocking prior to entering bedrooms and bathrooms.

People using the service confirmed they had information to enable them to make a decision on whether to move to the home, including a statement of purpose and a service user guide. This information was available in the entrance hall of the home.

People living in the home told us they could access their care records and they were involved in care reviews and where relevant family were invited. One person said 'I only need to ask and they will show me and discuss the care plan'.

One person said 'I cannot fault the service, I feel safe and well supported here'.

Relatives told us they were kept informed of any changes and made to feel welcome with refreshments being offered.

People told us that the staff take into account their own personal routine. One person said they like a cup of tea at 5:30 am and staff always assist with this.

Comments about the food were positive from all the people we spoke with. This related to the quality, the choice and the support given to them. One person said 'the food is excellent, I am provided with breakfast in bed, a cooked lunchtime meal, tea and supper and there is always a choice'. People told us that the menus were discussed at the resident meetings and they were asked what they would like on the menu. We were told the resident's meetings were planned every two to three months.

People told us they were registered with a GP. One person told us the staff were responsive to any changes in health and would make contact with the doctor.

People we spoke with told us they felt safe living at Katherine House Rest Home. Comments about staff conduct raised no concerns about the practices in the home. Staff were aware of the whistle blowing policy which enabled them to raise concerns about the care and welfare of the people they were supporting. People told us all the staff were kind and considerate and responded to their needs.

One person said 'the staff come at the drop of a hat and nothing is too much trouble'.

People told us they knew how to complain and felt the manager and the staff would respond appropriately to any concerns raised. A copy of the complaint procedure was kept in the main hallway of the home.

People told us they received their medication on time and could request additional pain relief.

People told us the service regular obtains their views through residents' meetings, care reviews and annual surveys.

One person living in Katherine House Rest Home told us they had recently been involved in setting up an equalities charter as part of a residents' meeting. They commended the service on the level of involvement and how this had impacted on the quality of the service with both the staff team and the people living in Katherine Rest Home.