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Garden House

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Garden House Rest Home, Priestlands, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 4HN (01935) 813188

Provided and run by:
Garden House Rest Home Limited

All Inspections

6 July 2023

During a monthly review of our data

We carried out a review of the data available to us about Garden House 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 Garden House, you can give feedback on this service.

10 September 2019

During a routine inspection

Garden House Rest Home is a residential care home providing personal care for up to 14 older people. Twelve people lived at the home at the time of the inspection.

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

People lived in an extended family atmosphere where they felt safe and well cared for. During the inspection there was a warm atmosphere with lots of chatter, laughter and good-humoured banter.

People received effective care and support from staff who were well trained and competent in their roles. Staff monitored people’s health and wellbeing and worked with other professionals to make sure people received the care they required.

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 made choices about their care and support, what they did each day and how they spent their time.

People had close relationships with other people who lived at the home and kept in touch with friends and family.

People were able to take part in activities and follow their interests. People enjoyed a variety of activities, trips out and social events.

People lived in a home which was well managed and had systems to monitor standards of care and ensure on-going improvements. People told us the registered manager, deputy manager and provider were open, honest and approachable and they could raise any issues with them.

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 13 January 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.

29 November 2016

During a routine inspection

The inspection took place on 29 November 2016 and was unannounced. The inspection continued on 01 December 2016 and was announced. It was carried out by a single inspector.

Garden House Rest Home provides accommodation and personal care to up to 14 elderly people.

The care home is established in the main house with an extension to the property named Trudy's Cottage. All rooms apart from one are on the ground floor. One room is situated on a lower level of the home and can be reached by steps or a stair lift. At the time of the inspection there were 14 people living in the main house and in the adjacent building. There was a communal snug area and separate living-come-dining area which was next to the main kitchen which led into a staff area and laundry room.

When we last inspected the service in August 2015 we found that the service did not have effective recruitment and selection procedures in place. We also found that care and treatment was not provided in a safe way and that good governance was not embedded. We asked the provider to take action which they had completed and improvements had been made.

The service had a registered manager in place. 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.

The registered manager had a good awareness of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and training records showed that staff had received training in Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS). The service completed capacity assessments and recorded best interest decisions. This ensured that people were not at risk of decisions being made which may not be in their best interest. Staff had some understanding of the principles linked to MCA however specific training had not been delivered and there was no local policy in place.

People and staff told us that the service was safe. Staff were able to tell us how they would report and recognise signs of abuse and told us they had received safeguarding training. We reviewed the training records which confirmed this.

Care plans were in place which detailed the care and support people needed to remain safe whilst having control and making choices about how they lived their lives. Each person had a care file which also included guidelines to make sure staff supported people in a way they preferred. Risk assessments were completed, regularly reviewed and up to date.

Medicines were managed safely, securely stored, correctly recorded and only administered by staff that were trained to give medicines. Medicine Administration Records reviewed showed no gaps. This told us that people were receiving their medicines as prescribed.

Staff had a good knowledge of people’s support needs and received regular mandatory training as well as training specific to their roles for example, end of life and dementia.

Staff told us they received regular supervisions which were carried out by management. We reviewed records which confirmed this. Competency assessments on staff were also carried out to ensure safe practice and reflective learning took place.

People were supported to maintain healthy balanced diets. Food was home cooked using fresh ingredients and people said that they enjoyed it. Food options reflected people’s likes, dislikes and dietary requirements.

People were supported to access healthcare appointments as and when required and staff followed GP and District Nurses advice when supporting people with ongoing care needs.

People told us that staff were caring. We observed positive interactions between staff and people throughout the inspection. This showed us that people felt comfortable with staff supporting them.

Staff treated people in a dignified manner. Staff had a good understanding of people’s likes, dislikes, interests and communication needs. Information was available to people. This meant that people were supported by staff who knew them well.

People had their care and support needs assessed before using the service and care packages reflected needs identified. We saw that these were regularly reviewed by the service with people, families and health professionals when available.

There was system in place for recording complaints which captured the detail and evidenced steps taken to address them. People and relatives told us that that they felt able to raise concerns or complaints and felt that these would be acted upon. This demonstrated that the service was open to people’s comments and acted promptly when concerns were raised.

Staff had a good understanding of their roles and responsibilities. Information was shared with staff so that they had a good understanding of what was expected from them.

People and staff felt that the service was well led. The registered manager and others in the management team all encouraged an open working environment. All the management had good relationships with people and all worked shifts with staff.

The service understood its reporting responsibilities to CQC and other regulatory bodies and provided information in a timely way.

Quality monitoring audits were completed by the management team. The registered manager reviewed incident reports and analysed them to identify trends and/or learning which was then shared. This showed that there were good monitoring systems in place to ensure safe quality care and support was provided to people.

5, 7 & 11 August 2015

During an inspection looking at part of the service

The inspection took place from 5 August 2015 to 11 August and was unannounced. The home is a residential care home and provides support, assistance and personal care for up to 14 older people. The care home is established in the main house with an extension to the property named Trudy's Cottage. All rooms apart from one are on the ground floor. One room, situated on a lower level of the home has steps and a stair lift fitted. At the time of the inspection there were 12 people living at the home and in an adjacent building.

Garden House was last inspected on 30 September 2014. The home was found to be not meeting the required standards in care and welfare, management of medicines, assessing the quality of the service and not always notifying us of incidents. Improvements had been made to the care of people and managing medicines. However, further improvements were needed in the governance and sustainability of assessing the quality and monitoring of the service.

People were not being protected because the recruitment of new staff was inconsistent. The manager was unaware of the importance of procedures like checking staff references before they were employed.

While risks to most people were identified, some people were not kept safe because risks had not been fully assessed. Oxygen was in use but the risk assessment did not include the risk of fire or how to store the cylinders correctly. The assessment did not include the risk posed to other people using the service.

Staff understood how to protect people from abuse and bullying. They explained the circumstances which could lead to people being abused or neglected and the actions they would take. There was sufficient staff to support people and meet their individual needs. One relative said, “There is plenty of staff about and they are always willing to help”.

People received the medicines they needed on time. Medicine charts were checked before medicines were administered to each person and the record was signed as given.

The service was not effective. Staff were not fully aware of the relevant requirements of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) and how this could impact on care. Most people living at the service had capacity to make day to day decisions, although it was unclear how staff were assessing people’s mental capacity as their mental health and medical conditions changed.

People received health support through referrals to healthcare professionals including audiologist (hearing specialists) community nurses and from regular contact with their GP. People received sufficient food and drink to meet their individual needs. People told us they had enough to eat and drink and that food was hot.

Staff were trained to provide care and support to people living at Garden House. They attended a variety of training including medicine management, food hygiene and safeguarding adults.

People were cared for by staff who demonstrated understanding and consideration for people’s needs and their circumstances. Staff made time to attend to important aspects of people’s care like cleaning their glasses and checking they had enough toiletries and other resources. One person said, “Staff are caring, they look after me very well, the same ones, and the same staff.”

Several people wished to remain as independent as possible and staff provided examples of how they understood what this meant to people.

The service was responsive to people’s needs. People told us they felt they could talk to staff and the manager if they had concerns or wanted to discuss anything. People and their families were involved in regular opportunities to provide feedback and the results were used to make changes to the service that people received.

Adjustments were made where people’s needs changed following discussion with them and their families. Staff were aware of the individual and varying abilities of people and provided examples. These included where people used walking frames to assist their movement around the home and became tired, then wheelchairs were made available.

The service did not have a registered manager. When we visited there had not been a registered manager in post for the last 22 months. 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.

The lack of a registered manager impacted on the support, leadership and guidance to staff. Improvements made since the previous inspection were unlikely to be sustained. Staff felt there was a lack of leadership from the manager and they were unsure on how management decisions at a senior level were made. Responsibility for the leadership of the home was unclear as management support was being provided by a relative of the provider.

The provider had not submitted a Statement of Purpose to the Commission. Services registered with the Commission are expected to supply an up to date Statement of Purpose for our records.

We found a number of Breaches of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010. You can see what action we have told the provider to take at the end of the full version of the report.

30 September and 2 October 2014

During a routine inspection

This inspection was carried out by a single inspector to answer five key questions: is the service safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led?

Below is a summary of what we found. The summary describes what people using the service, their relatives and staff told us, what we observed and the records we looked at.

If you want to see the evidence that supports our summary, please read the full report.

Is the service safe?

Not everyone's care and treatment was planned and delivered in a way that was intended to ensure people's safety and welfare. We learned that oxygen was provided as part of some people's care. We asked several staff about the use of oxygen and hazards and risks. One staff member gave a clear explanation but three staff were less aware of the associated risks and hazards. The acting manager told us that a risk assessment had not been carried out but this would be addressed. This showed that people were not protected from the hazards associated with oxygen therapy because a risk assessment had not been completed and this could have put people at risk of harm. We have set compliance actions in relation to these concerns and the provider must tell us how they plan to improve.

The provider did not have appropriate arrangements in place to manage medicines safely. Medicines were not safely administered or securely stored when in use. Medicines were discharged into a pot by one staff member while a second staff member administered the medicine. This meant that in the event of any errors or omissions, the member of staff who had administered the dose may not be identified, as they were not involved with signing the records. We saw that medicines were stored securely in locked cupboards when not in use, however, medicines were not kept safely when in use. On one occasion the medicine cupboard was left open and medicines left out whilst the staff member went to take a dose to someone. We have set compliance actions in relation to these concerns and the provider must tell us how they plan to improve.

Most people's records and staff records were accurate and fit for purpose. We looked at five care plans. These had been reviewed and updated. Care records were detailed and included relevant information about people's needs.

Is the service effective?

There was a process for involving people in some decisions made about the service. Group meetings were arranged at the home and people could choose to attend and contribute. There were effective arrangements in place to deal with foreseeable emergencies. People at the home had access to working emergency call bells to raise an alarm if required.

Is the service caring?

People told us that staff were friendly, kind, patient and helpful. Everyone we spoke with commented on the happy and homely atmosphere at Garden House. People told us that staff were caring and took an interest in the people living at the home. One relative said, "Staff are endlessly kind, very patient and knock on people's doors. They ask people how they want to be addressed," "Garden House is a small caring environment, staff are kind and absolutely lovely. They are cheerful and nothing is too much trouble. Most staff have an enabling approach."

Is the service responsive?

Staff responded to people's needs and requests for support. People told us that staff contacted nurses, dentists, doctors and chiropodists to help maintain their health. We found examples of this reflected in their records. This showed that staff were aware of the health care needs of people and made the necessary arrangements to address these. One person said, "Staff are busy but willing to help." Three people told us that staff responded to call bells and had their needs met when the system was used.

Is the service well-led?

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) request information about specific incidents occurring within services regulated by the Health and Social Care Act 2008. These are known as Notifications. The provider is required to inform us of certain events such as serious injuries and deaths of people using the service. During the inspection we were informed of two events at the home within the last eighteen months. We checked our records and found that the provider had not notified the Care Quality Commission of these events through our statutory notification process.

The provider did not have effective systems for monitoring the quality and safety of the service. The provider did not monitor the quality of safety at the service. We asked the acting manager whether checks were used to monitor care, record management, staff training and other aspects of the service. These areas were not routinely or regularly checked and there were no internal audit tools used to judge the quality or the operational aspects of the service provided. We have set compliance actions in relation to these concerns and the provider must tell us how they plan to improve.

19 August 2013

During an inspection in response to concerns

People told us that there were sufficient numbers of staff on duty. One person told us 'There are enough staff here, and they are all good and dedicated carers.' Another person said, 'I know a couple (of staff) have left, but the standard of care hasn't dropped.'

We found that although the home was currently understaffed, a recruitment process had been undertaken. The provider had made suitable arrangements that ensured there was always a sufficient number of staff on duty.

15 May 2013

During a routine inspection

On the day of our inspection, 13 older people were living in Garden House Rest Home; 11 people in the main house and two people in the extension. We spoke with five people who live in the home, one relative and four staff. Everyone spoke very highly of the home.

People chose how they spent their time, however, they were not always involved in making decisions about their care. One person told us that they felt their bath time was 'set in stone'. People's needs were assessed but assessments were not always up to date. As a result, care was not always planned and delivered in line with individual care plans.

People were cared for by a small staff team who knew them well. People told us that there were enough staff to meet their needs. One person told us that: 'Staff always come if I ring my bell, if they are busy they come and tell me so'. One person said, "I'm happy enough here. They look after me very well". The staff team had got smaller over the last year and this meant the managers were working on shift.

The home did not have effective systems in place to monitor the quality of the service or to assess and manage risks to people living in the home. People's care records were not consistently completed and did not include an accurate record of the care that they should receive. Most of the records of people's care plans we saw had been completed, however, there were significant gaps and omissions regarding daily recording and a fall had not been recorded.

23 May 2012

During a routine inspection

We spoke with nine people who lived in the home who told us that staff provided the care and support they needed. Everyone we spoke with spoke very highly of the home. People said staff were very patient and kind and they listened to them.

People spent their time as they wished. Some people chose to watch TV, listened to music or joined in with activities. Others chose to read books or newspapers. Regular activities were arranged, as were trips out of the home. One person said 'there is a lot going on here. You choose what you want to do. We have activities most days, coffee mornings, an annual garden party and trips out of the home. We have one this week to Lyme Regis. We held a jubilee fete last weekend and we all joined in to help and run stalls. We donate the money to charity'.

People who lived in the home told us they felt very well cared for and that staff were available when they needed them. People said staff helped them to do the things they needed help with. Comments from people included 'it's very good here. All of the staff are very nice and they all know what care I need', 'they understand what help I need and they are all very caring', and 'I'm perfectly happy. They look after me very well'.

People told us they liked the food served in the home. They chose where they wished to eat their meals; most people preferred to eat in the dining areas. We saw that lunchtime was a very relaxed and sociable event. One person said 'the food is very good. If you don't like a particular meal they will always make you something else. You always have a choice and they like feedback on the food as well'.

People we spoke with said they thought the home was a safe place for them to live. Comments included: 'yes, it does feel like a safe place to live', 'oh yes, I do feel very safe living here' and 'this is a safe place to live. It feels just like your own home'.

People said they would raise any concerns if they had any and would be happy to share these with staff. Every person we spoke with said they were very happy with the home and had never had cause to complain. Comments from people included: 'I have never been unhappy here and have never had a problem', 'I've never been unhappy about anything since I have lived here. It's a lovely place to live' and 'I'm perfectly happy here'.

People who lived in the home said staff were available when they needed them and they understood the care and support they needed. One person said 'There are always staff around and they check on me to see if I'm all right. They check on me during the night as well'. Another person said 'they look after me very well. All of the staff are very good'.

People told us they were asked to give their views on the home and that they were listened to. They said they felt able to raise any issues with any of the staff. One person told us 'staff and the owner always ask for your opinion. They like feedback on things. They always listen to you. They want to make sure people are happy living here. I'm glad I chose to live here. It's one of the wisest decisions I've ever made'.