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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 25, 29 March 2011
Date of Publication: 29 July 2011
Inspection Report published 29 July 2011 PDF

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People should be cared for in safe and accessible surroundings that support their health and welfare (outcome 10)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are in safe, accessible surroundings that promote their wellbeing.

How this check was done

Our judgement

The premises are maintained in a safe and suitable condition.

On the basis of the evidence provided and the views of people using the services we found the service to be compliant with this outcome.

User experience

We found that people personalise their bedrooms and could bring in their own furniture and items if they wished to. People told us that they were happy with their room and that the accommodation was warm, comfortable and clean.

Other evidence

The provider has declared compliance with this outcome area as part of the registration process.

The home is situated over two floors and there is a passenger lift between both floors. All the people living in the home have a single bedroom. There are no en-suite facilities but communal bathroom and toilet facilities. There is a large dining/lounge area with a television, and a smaller, quite area.

Some areas in the home are still awaiting refurbishment, new carpets and decoration, but were found to be clean at the time of the visit. The provider has told us that as a charity they are actively fund raising for monies to improve the home's environment. The first amount of money raised is about to be spent in the home and a priority are the home's communal bathroom and toilet facilities. One member of staff and one person living in the home told us they had recently been asked to join a focus group, which would be looking at how the money will be spent in the home.

There is a large secure patio which offers people an outside space with scenic views over the town to the sea for people to enjoy and which provides suitable access for wheelchairs. The day of the visit was sunny and warm. One person was observed enjoying the view. Later another person was reading their book on the patio and a group of people with a number of staff were observed enjoying this facility and discussing options of venues where people would like to go to on visits out during the summer.

We were told by the provider that regular health and safety checks are being carried out and documented, and that records are kept of maintenance work required and carried out. We saw records for two of the bathroom hoists which detailed both had had a recent service. We also saw records of checks of the fire equipment in the home. Staff we spoke to told us they had attended fire training.