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Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 9 January 2020

About the service

Dothan House is a residential care home providing personal care to older people some of whom may have dementia, mental health needs or physical disabilities. The service can support up to 19 people and at the time of the inspection, 18 people were living in the home.

Dothan House is a purpose built, two floor building. Each floor or unit has separate adapted facilities.

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

The provider had made improvements to the home following our last inspection in October 2018. Premises and equipment safety was maintained to ensure the environment was safe for people. There were suitable evacuation procedures in place in the event of a fire and there was regular maintenance of gas appliances and the lift service. Arrangements for the ordering, storage and administration of medicines was safe. However, we found some recording errors that had yet to be identified, which could put people at risk. We have made a recommendation to ensure medicine records and audits are more robust to identify errors.

There were procedures to protect people from abuse and staff understood how to report abuse. Staff were recruited safely and their backgrounds checked before they started working in the home. Risks associated with people's needs were assessed and staff understood how to reduce these risks. Staff followed infection control procedures to maintain the hygiene and cleanliness of the home. Accidents and incidents that had taken place in the home were reviewed to identify trends and learn lessons to help prevent them re-occurring. Staffing levels in the home were assessed and the home had suitable numbers of staff available at all times to provide support.

Staff were provided with suitable training to ensure their skills and knowledge were up to date. Staff felt supported by the registered manager and received regular supervision and assessments to monitor their performance and discuss any concerns.

People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible; the policies and systems in the service supported this practice. People were supported with maintaining their health and nutrition. The service worked in collaboration with health care professionals, such as GPs, nurses and speech and language therapists to ensure their health needs were met. People were encouraged to maintain their independence as much as they could.

Staff were respectful and caring towards people. Staff knew how to communicate with people who had difficulty speaking. Staff understood the importance of promoting equality and diversity.

Activities took place in the home and people were encouraged to participate in them if they wished. Staff interacted and engaged with people throughout the day and were not made to feel isolated.

People and their relatives were supported to make complaints about the home. There were quality assurance systems to monitor the safety of the home through audits, checks and obtaining feedback from people and relatives.

For more details, please see the full report which is on the CQC website at

Rating at last inspection

The last rating for this service was requires improvement (published 6 December 2018) and there were breaches of regulation. The provider completed an action plan after the last inspection to show what they would do and by when to improve. At this inspection we found improvements had been made and the provider was no longer in breach of regulations.

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.

Inspection areas


Requires improvement

Updated 9 January 2020

The service was not always safe.

Details are in our safe findings below.



Updated 9 January 2020

The service was effective.

Details are in our effective findings below.



Updated 9 January 2020

The service was caring.

Details are in our caring findings below.



Updated 9 January 2020

The service was responsive.

Details are in our responsive findings below



Updated 9 January 2020

The service was well-led.

Details are in our well-led findings below.