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Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 2 May 2019

About the service:

Care4you is a domiciliary care agency. It provides personal care to people living in their own houses and flats in the community. It provides a service to adults. At the time of the inspection, 31 people were being supported by the service.

Not everyone using a domiciliary care agency receives regulated activity; CQC only inspects the service being received by people provided with 'personal care'; help with tasks related to personal hygiene and eating. Where they do we also take into account any wider social care provided.

People’s experience of using this service:

People, relatives and staff told us the service was exceptionally caring. Feedback from everyone was extremely positive about how the manager and staff supported people in a kind and person-centred way. Everyone said the service was exceptionally good and they said the manager’s approach to good-quality care was the main reason for this. One staff member appropriately summed up everyone’s views when they said, “I’m not biased, but I think this service has a lot of ‘outstanding’ features. It is really good!”

People felt safe while being supported by staff. Relatives were confident people would be supported safely, including in managing any known risks. There was evidence people were protected from harm by staff who had been trained, and were confident in recognising and reporting concerns. Potential risks to people’s health and wellbeing were assessed and minimised. There were enough staff to ensure people’s needs were met safely. People were supported well to manage their medicines because staff had been trained to do so safely. Staff followed effective processes to prevent the spread of infection.

People said their needs had been met by skilled staff. Staff had been appropriately trained, well supported and had information to meet people’s assessed needs. Where required, staff supported people to have enough to eat and drink. Staff supported people to access healthcare services when required to help them maintain their health and well-being.

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 fully involved in making decisions about their care and support. People and their relatives were involved in planning and reviewing care plans. People told us staff who supported them were caring and friendly. Staff respected and promoted people’s privacy, dignity and independence.

Information in people's care plans supported staff to provide person-centred care that met people’s needs. The manager worked in partnership with other professionals to ensure people received care that met their needs. There was a system to ensure people’s suggestions, concerns and complaints were recorded, investigated, and acted upon to reduce the risk of recurrence. Where required, staff supported people well at the end of their lives.

Audits and quality monitoring checks were carried out regularly to continually improve the service. The service had systems to enable people to provide feedback about their experiences of the service. People's experiences of the service were extremely positive, and the manager showed us they worked hard to provide consistently good-quality care.

Rating at last inspection:

The service was rated 'good' when we last inspected it. That report was published in March 2016.

Why we inspected:

This was a planned inspection based on the previous rating.

Follow up:

We will continue to monitor all information we receive about the service and schedule the next inspection accordingly.

Inspection areas



Updated 2 May 2019

The service was safe.

Details are in our Safe findings below.



Updated 2 May 2019

The service was effective.

Details are in our Effective findings below.



Updated 2 May 2019

The service was exceptionally caring.

Details are in our Caring findings below.



Updated 2 May 2019

The service was responsive.

Details are in our Responsive findings below.



Updated 2 May 2019

The service was well-led.

Details are in our Well-led findings below.