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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 11 February 2013
Date of Publication: 16 March 2013
Inspection Report published 16 March 2013 PDF

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

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 11 February 2013, observed how people were being cared for and checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care. We talked with people who use the service, talked with staff and reviewed information sent to us by commissioners of services.

Our judgement

People who use the service, staff and visitors were protected against the risks of unsafe or unsuitable premises.

Reasons for our judgement

The provider had taken steps to provide care in an environment that was suitably designed and adequately maintained.

We saw that there was a maintenance person working in the home during our visit. There were environmental risk assessments in place and the new manager had carried out an audit of the premises to make sure that all areas were safe for the people who lived there. Where the need for any repairs had been noted these were logged so that the maintenance person was able to address any issues in a timely manner. There were suitable signs on toilet and bathroom doors to make it easy for people who were experiencing dementia to locate these facilities. Each person had a personalised sign on their bedroom door to help them to identify own rooms. This meant that people were protected from harm and helped to find their way around the home.

We looked around the home and found that most of the areas of concern identified in our last report had been addressed and there were plans in place to complete all the work needed. Repairs had been made to a damaged stair gate. There was no unstable furniture in the home and a number of areas had been redecorated. The manager had carried out an audit of all the mattresses in the home, most of which had been replaced. In the corridors where there were pieces of metal with sharp edges fixed to the corners of walls, work had begun to replace these with a safer alternative. The provider may find it useful to note that a number of metal edges were still in place, particularly outside lift doors. Obstacles which had prevented people moving freely and safely around the home had been removed. Improvements in risk management systems and the environment meant that people were better protected from risk of harm.