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Briar Close House Care Home Good

Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 5 September 2020

Briar Close House Care Home provides accommodation and personal care for up to 40 older people who maybe living with dementia. There were 28 people living at the home on the day of our inspection. The home is situated in a residential area of Borrowash and is designed with four units each having independent lounge dining and bathing facilities.

We found the following examples of good practice.

¿There was a planned approach to visitors, which involved a booking in process, temperature checks, risk questionnaire and face coverings. Those unable to visit had the option of video calls, email or telephone calls.

¿ Some relatives had written their loved one letters. These were placed in a plastic booklet, this meant the person could read them as often as they wished, and they could be cleaned to reduce the risk of infection.

¿ Activities had increased as the service was supported by day centre staff, due to these currently being closed. This had enabled reminiscence booklets to be completed and more one to one time.

¿ Personal protective equipment was used in accordance with the latest guidance. Clear faced masks were being sourced to support staff who used lip reading to support their communication. Measures were in place until these had been obtained to ensured they received all the required information in written format.

¿ The home was divided into four units. One unit was designated to support anyone who was isolating or had a positive Covid test. The other units were supported by consistent staffing to make best use of working in ‘bubbles’.. This reduced the risk of cross infection from each unit.

¿ The units had been provided with hot buffet servers and other items to make them as self-sufficient as possible.

¿ The cleaning of the home had increased to cover touch surfaces. The provider had also purchased a steam cleaning for furniture with a fabric covering.

¿ Staff had continued to complete training through a workbook approach, this involved completed information on worksheets which were then reviewed and marked by trainers. Any new training was reviewed through competencies to check staff understanding.

¿The provider continued to have oversight, with regular audits and video links. to share good practice and any new or developing guidance and changes.

¿ Relationships with health care staff had been enhanced, through shared tasks to support one another.

¿ The registered manager was proud of their staff team and the way they had adapted and worked together to ensure everyone’s safety.

Further information is in the detailed findings below.

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 5 September 2020

We were assured the service were following safe infection prevention and control procedures to keep people safe.

Effective

Good

Updated 5 September 2020

Caring

Good

Updated 5 September 2020

Responsive

Good

Updated 5 September 2020

Well-led

Good

Updated 5 September 2020