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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 7 December 2010
Date of Publication: 18 April 2011
Inspection Report published 18 April 2011 PDF | 156.97 KB

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People should be safe from harm from unsafe or unsuitable equipment (outcome 11)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are not at risk of harm from unsafe or unsuitable equipment (medical and non-medical equipment, furnishings or fittings).
  • Benefit from equipment that is comfortable and meets their needs.

How this check was done

We reviewed all the information we hold about this provider, carried out a visit on 07/12/2010, checked the provider's records, observed how people were being cared for, looked at records of people who use services, talked to staff and talked to people who use services.

Our judgement

People can be confident that equipment is safe for them to use. Staff know how to use equipment safely when caring for people.

User experience

We observed that that all equipment was in working order. We found that equipment had been chosen to meet the needs of people. For example, we saw there were a range of hoists to meet the needs of people. People told us that equipment was in working order and available when they needed it. They said that broken items were repaired. People can be confident that equipment is available and safe to be used to meet their needs.

We saw that people used a range mobility aids. We found that these were appropriate for peoples' needs. We observed that these were safe for people to use. Staff could explain how way helps people to move safely around the home. People have the necessary mobility aids to support their independence.

Other evidence

The operations manager explained she has introduced a system of checking that equipment is in working order. Equipment has been checked by the relevant professional to ensure that it is safe for people. We saw certificates of inspection for the hoists and lifts. These were in dates and showed there were no issues of concern.

Staff spoken to understood how to use the equipment to meet the needs of people. They understood how to use the hoists. Staff explained that they had been trained in how to do this safely. We observed that staff knew how to use equipment safely. Staff said that broken equipment would be replaced. They explained that they had a system for reporting equipment that might need to be repaired or replaced. We saw this record it recorded what action had been taken and if equipment had been replaced. Equipment is provided to meet the needs of people.