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St Annes Residential Care Home Good


Inspection carried out on 15 August 2019

During a routine inspection

About the service

St Anne’s Residential Home accommodates a maximum of 19 older people, some of whom were living with dementia in one adapted building. At the time of this inspection 18 people were living at the home. The adapted building is owned and maintained by the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Littlehampton. The service was tailored for, but not limited to, people from the Roman Catholic Church. There is a shared lounge and dining room as well as an activity lounge, chapel, kitchenette facilities and a beautiful garden for people to enjoy. Accommodation is over two floors which are accessible via stairs or lift.

People’s experience of using this service and what we found

People felt safe and told us they enjoyed living at the service. Risks to people had been assessed and staff followed guidance to keep people safe. There were enough staff to meet people's needs. Medicines were managed safely, and staff had been trained in infection prevention and control. Lessons were learned if things went wrong and systems supported people to stay safe and reduce the risks to them, ensuring they were cared for in a person-centred way.

People spoke positively about the staff who supported them and had confidence in their skills and experience. Staff had regular supervision and an annual appraisal. People enjoyed the food and were able to choose what they had to eat and drink. People had access to a range of healthcare professionals and support.

People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible and in their best interests; the policies and systems in the service supported this practice.

People and relatives were positive about the care and support received at St Anne’s. They told us staff treated them with kindness and we observed friendly interactions throughout the day. People were encouraged to be involved in daily decisions about their care and support and were treated with dignity and respect. Relatives were made to feel welcome.

People received personalised care that was responsive to their needs. Activities were organised according to people's preferences, interests and suggestions. People and relatives told us they felt comfortable to make a complaint and knew how to do this.

Quality assurance systems and monitoring completed by the registered manager and senior staff facilitated on going improvement of services provided.

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Rating at last inspection

The last rating for this service was requires improvement (published 30 August 2018) there was a breach of regulation 17. The provider completed an action plan after the last inspection to show what they would do and by when to improve. At this inspection we found improvements had been made and the provider was no longer in breach of regulation 17.

Why we inspected

This was a planned inspection based on the previous rating.

This inspection was carried out to follow up on action we told the provider to take at the last inspection.

We found no evidence during this inspection that people were at risk of harm from this concern.

Follow up

We will continue to monitor information we receive about the service until we return to visit as per our re-inspection programme. If we receive any concerning information we may inspect sooner.

Inspection carried out on 5 July 2018

During a routine inspection

This inspection site visit took place on 5 and 6 July 2018 and was unannounced.

St Anne’s Residential Care Home is registered to provide accommodation for persons who require nursing or personal care, for a maximum of 19 people. At the time of the inspection 17 people were living at St Anne’s Residential Care Home, some of whom were living with dementia. The adapted building also accommodates a convent. There is a shared lounge and dining room as well as an activity lounge, chapel and kitchenette facilities. Accommodation is over two floors which are serviced by a lift.

St Anne’s Residential Care Home is a ‘care home’. People in care homes receive accommodation and nursing or personal care as single package under one contractual agreement. CQC regulates both the premises and the care provided, and both were looked at during this inspection.

There was a registered manager in post. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission to manage the service. Like registered providers, they are ‘registered persons’. Registered persons have legal responsibility for meeting the requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated Regulations about how the service is run.

People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible. However, staff were not always clear about who was able to give consent and documentation that recorded people's understanding of specific decisions did not reflect the person's views or those who knew them well.

Although there was a quality assurance system in place at the service, this had not supported the identification of all areas of inconsistency in documentation we found during the inspection.

Medicines were ordered, received and stored safely. There was a lack of documentation around “as required” medicines, and we have made a recommendation about this.

People told us they felt safe. There were robust systems in place to manage falls, accidents, incidents and safeguarding concerns. There was sufficient staff available to meet people’s needs and plans in place in case of emergency.

The service worked well with other organisation to promote people’s health and wellbeing. The provider sought, and responded to, the views of people, their relatives, staff and other professionals.

People were treated with kindness, respect and compassion with their independence promoted. Staff knew people and their interests well and had developed good relationships.

We found one breach of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014. You can see what action we told the provider to take at the back of the full version of this report.

Inspection carried out on 20 January 2016

During a routine inspection

The inspection took place on the 20 January 2016 and was unannounced.

St Annes Residential Care Home provides care and support for up to 19 older people. On the day of our inspection 16 people were using the service. The home is a large detached property spread over two floors with a well maintained garden and patio area.

The home had a registered manager. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission to manage the service. Like registered providers, they are ‘registered persons’. Registered persons have legal responsibility for meeting the requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated Regulations about how the service is run.

There were clear lines of accountability. The home had good leadership and direction from the management team. Staff felt fully supported by management to undertake their roles. Staff were given regular training updates, supervision and development opportunities. One member of staff told us “There’s training all year round and it’s very good. I’ve done dementia training which was useful”. However the provider did not have over sight of the quality of care being given or formal supervision arrangements in place for the registered manager. We identified this as an area of practice that needs improvement.

The experiences of people were very positive. People told us they felt safe living at the home, staff were kind and compassionate and the care they received was good. One person told us “This is a lovely safe place to live, I could not wish for more”. We observed people at lunchtime and through the day and found people to be in a positive mood with caring and supportive staff interactions.

Assessments of risk had been undertaken and there were clear instructions for staff on what action to take in order to mitigate them. Staff knew how to recognise the potential signs of abuse and what action to take to keep people safe. The registered manager made sure there was enough staff on duty at all times to meet people’s needs. When the registered manager employed new staff at the home they followed safe recruitment practices.

The home considered peoples capacity in line with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA). People’s capacity to make decisions had been assessed. Staff observed the principles of consent in their day to day work checking with people that they were happy for them to undertake care tasks before they proceeded.

People’s individual needs were assessed and care plans were developed to identify what care and support they required. People were consulted about their care to ensure wishes and preferences were met. Staff worked with other healthcare professionals to obtain specialist advice about people’s care and treatment.

Arrangements were in place for the safe ordering, administration, storage and disposal of medicines. People were supported to get the medicine they needed when they needed it. People were supported to maintain good health and had access to health care services when needed. People had sufficient to eat and drink throughout the day.

Staff supported people to eat and they were given time to eat at their own pace. The home met people’s nutritional needs and people reported that they had a good choice of food and drink. Staff were patient and polite, supported people to maintain their dignity and were respectful of their right to privacy. People had access to and could choose suitable leisure and social activities in line with their individual interests and hobbies.

Resident and staff meetings regularly took place which provided an opportunity for staff and people to feedback on the quality of the service. Staff and people told us the registered manager took action in response to feedback received. Feedback was sought by the registered manager via surveys which were sent to people at the home. People and relatives we spoke with were aware how to make a complaint and all felt they would have no problem raising any issues. One person told us “If I had any concern I would speak with the manager but there are no problems here”.

Inspection carried out on 31 January 2014

During a routine inspection

We met with four people and two relatives. People told us that they liked living at the home and that they felt the staff were very caring. One person said �the manager is very good. As I become in need of more help they change things to make it easier for me to remain as independent as possible, which is what I want�. A relative explained that they knew how to complain but they had no reason to. They said "it's a lovely home, the staff are patient and considerate".

People told us about their life at the home and the activities they participated in. We looked at a sample of records. We found that events had been properly and timely recorded and had been responded to appropriately. This gave us a good insight into how the home was run and provided us with evidence that the home met people's needs and expectations.

We talked with the manager and three members of staff. Staff told us that they felt people were well looked after and experienced a good quality of life. Staff also told us that they enjoyed looking after people and felt well supported in their roles with access to appropriate training and guidance from their manager. We found that the home had systems in place for monitoring the quality of care and support the home offered.

Inspection carried out on 10 January 2013

During a routine inspection

We spoke privately with six of the seventeen people who lived at the home and met the other eleven in communal areas. We also spoke with five relatives and two visiting professionals. Our observations and discussions with people indicated that they were happy and had positive relationships with the staff who supported them. People told us that they liked their bedrooms and had been able to furnish them with their own personal belongings. People talked to us about how they liked to spend their time and said that they had freedom and control over their lives. We observed people participating in meaningful activities and noticed that they were consulted with throughout the day.

The home employed dedicated maintenance and housekeeping staff and the home was found to be clean and well maintained at the time of our inspection. We spoke with five members of staff including the registered manager. We found staff to be knowledgeable about the needs of the people they supported and committed to their roles. Staff told us that they felt well supported by the management team and said that St Annes Residential Care Home was a nice place to work.

We found that the home had effective systems in place to train staff. We looked at a range of records maintained by the home, including the care plans for four people. We found that all records viewed were well maintained with evidence of having been regularly updated.

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