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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 20 June 2018

Home Instead Senior Care is a registered with the Care Quality Commission to provide ‘personal care’ to people living in their own houses and flats in the community. It provides a service to older adults. Home Instead Senior Care office base is located in Southport. The office building has accessibility for people who required disabled access.

At the time of our inspection the service was supporting 100 people who were located in Southport and wider areas of Sefton. At the last inspection, the service was rated Good.

At this inspection we found the service remained Good. The service met all relevant fundamental standards.

A registered manager was in post. The registered manager had led the care team consistently for eight years.

The key strength of the service was that support was provided to people on a flexible basis and in accordance with their identified needs. People who received care and support provided us with consistently positive feedback. They said they received a reliable service and an excellent standard of support from caring, kind and compassionate staff. One person said, “They are very compassionate; my [relative] has developed a bond with one of them in particular” and “There is an element of companionship. They are always interested in you as a person.”

Relatives we spoke with were equally positive and spoke about the quality of the supportive relationship care staff had built. One relative commented, “I am relieved that it has gone so well and I can relax. It is quite amazing how well they have got to know [person] – the set-up is quite astonishing.”

There was a consistent staff team and a key quality initiative of the service was staff being matched to people with the same interests to help build a positive relationship. This was central to the ethos of the service. A staff member said, “We always have time for clients.”

People told us that staff treated them with kindness and respect. It was clear from care and incident records that staff were vigilant in monitoring people’s moods and behaviours and provided care in accordance with people’s needs.

There were policies regarding equality and diversity. Care records contained information about people’s individual preferences and history which would include areas of cultural diversity and protected characteristics.

The service maintained effective systems to safeguard people from abuse and individual risk was fully assessed and reviewed. This included when people needed support with managing their medicines.

We saw evidence that the service learned from incidents and issues identified during audits. Records showed evidence of review by senior managers.

People’s needs were assessed and recorded by suitably qualified and experienced staff. Care and support were delivered in line with current legislation and best-practice.

The service ensured that staff were trained in appropriate subjects. This training was subject to regular review to ensure that staff were equipped to provide safe, effective care and support.

We saw clear evidence of staff working effectively to deliver positive outcomes for people. People reviewed were receiving effective care and gave positive feedback regarding staff support.

We saw evidence that the service worked effectively with other health and social care agencies to achieve better outcomes for people and improve quality and safety. The professional that we contacted did not express any concerns about the quality and effectiveness of these relationships. We saw evidence in care records of people being supported with input from community professionals such as occupational therapists and professionals from the palliative care team.

The service operated in accordance with the principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA).

We checked the records in relation to concerns and complaints. The complaints’ process was understood by the people that we spoke with. We saw evidence that complaints had been responded to in a pr

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 20 June 2018

The service remains Good

Effective

Good

Updated 20 June 2018

The service remains Good

Caring

Outstanding

Updated 20 June 2018

The service was exceptionally caring.

The registered manager, the nominated individual and staff were committed to providing a very caring and compassionate service. This was reflected in their day-to-day practices and throughout the services training and philosophy.

Discussions with staff showed a genuine interest and a very caring attitude towards the people they supported. People reported that staff showed a genuine interest and concern for their wellbeing.

People were very pleased with the consistency of the staff team and they valued the care, support and companionship offered to them. Staff were motivated and were proud to work for the service and spoke positively about the company’s ethos of care.

Responsive

Good

Updated 20 June 2018

The service remains Good

Well-led

Good

Updated 20 June 2018

The service remains Good