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The Limes Residential Home Requires improvement


Inspection carried out on 4 December 2020

During an inspection looking at part of the service

The LImes Care Home accommodates up to 34 people. At the time of our inspection there were 18 people living at the service. The home is located in a large older building made up of two floors. It has substantial grounds and gardens.

We found the following examples of good practice.

¿ Staff had received training in putting on and taking off personal protective equipment (PPE), and we saw this was accessible throughout the home and staff used it in accordance with the most up to date guidance. Staff had received further training in COVID-19 and infection control.

¿ The infection control policy was up to date. We reviewed audits which reflected actions had been taken to maintain the standards within the home. There was a Coronavirus Policy and procedure and also national guidance which was kept updated.

¿ There were no visitors allowed in the home due to there being a recent outbreak of COVID-19. Only essential medical professionals had entered the home during the outbreak. At the time of our inspection people living at the home were coming to the end of their isolation period and there were no new cases of the virus.

¿ The home was clean and we saw cleaners in different areas ensuring that touch points were wiped regularly.

Inspection carried out on 16 July 2019

During a routine inspection

About the service

The Limes is a residential care home providing personal care to 34 people at the time of the inspection. 32 people were living at the service at the time of the inspection.

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

People were not always supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and received support in the least restrictive way possible and in their best interests. The policies and systems in the service did not always support this practice because records did not show how people’s mental capacity to consent to their care and treatment had been completed and how decisions made in people’s best interests had been arrived at. Not all statutory notifications had been submitted as required.

People felt safe living at The Limes and steps had been taken to ensure people were protected from abuse and avoidable harm. Risks to people’s health and care needs, as well as risks in the general environment had been assessed and actions taken to manage them. People received their medicines as prescribed and medicines were managed and stored safely. The environment was kept clean and staff followed procedures to prevent and control risks associated with infections. Enough staff were deployed to ensure people received safe care. Any accidents or incidents were reviewed so that any lessons learnt could be identified.

People’s needs were assessed before they went to live at The Limes. Assessments covered all aspects of people’s health, care and well-being and reflected the requirements of the Equalities Act. Staff were competent in meeting people’s needs and training and supervision supported their competence. People received food and drink to meet their nutrition and hydration needs. Staff worked with other healthcare professionals to ensure their care needs were met. The Limes had been adapted where necessary to meet people’s needs such as with a lift and level access ramps. People’s own bedrooms were personalised to their own preferences.

Staff were caring in their approach to people. People and their relatives were involved in expressing views about their care and treatment. These views were respected. People were cared for with privacy and dignity. People were supported to be as independent as they could be.

Staff knew people well and knew about what interested them and what they enjoyed. People were supported to remain connected to their local community through local trips out and about. Relatives visited people throughout the day at times that suited them. If people were unwell or required assistance from other healthcare professionals, this was arranged. People’s communication needs were assessed and met. Procedures were in place to ensure any complaints would be investigated and managed.

Audits and checks on the quality and safety of services were in place to help ensure people received quality care. People and relatives knew the registered manager, found her approachable and found the service to be run with an open management style. Regular meetings were held so that people and their relatives could contribute their views to the development and running of the service. The service worked well with other professionals and looked to identify learning to contribute towards improving care for people.

We found two breaches of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (regulated Activities) Regulations 2014.

You can see what action we have asked the provider to take at the end of this full report.

For more details, please see the full report which is on the CQC website at

Rating at last inspection

The last rating for this service was Good (published 28 January 2017).

Why we inspected

This was a planned inspection based on the previous rating.

We have found evidence that the provider needs to make improvements. Please see the safe and well-led sections of this full report.

You can see what action we have asked the provider to take at the end of this full

Inspection carried out on 13 October 2016

During a routine inspection

We inspected the service on 13 October 2016. The inspection was unannounced. The Limes Residential Home is situated in the city of Derby and offers accommodation for to up to 34 people who require personal care. The provider specialises in caring for older people with physical impairments. On the day of our inspection 33 people were using the service and one person was in hospital.

The service had a registered manager in place at the time of our inspection. 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 who were able to, were supported to make decisions. However the registered manager and the registered provider did not always know what actions to take if people did not have the capacity to make decisions in line with the principles of the Mental Capacity Act.

People were protected by staff who knew how to recognise abuse and how to respond to concerns. Risks in relation to people’s daily life were assessed and planned for to protect them from harm.

People were supported by enough staff to ensure they received care and support when they needed it. Medicines were managed safely and people received their medicines as prescribed.

People maintained their nutrition and staff were monitoring and responding to people’s health conditions.

People were supported by staff that had the knowledge and skills to provide safe and appropriate care and support.

People lived in a home where staff listened to them. People’s emotional needs were recognised and responded to by a staff team who cared about the individual they were supporting. People were supported to enjoy a social life.

People were involved in giving their views on how the service was run and there were systems in place to monitor and improve the quality of the service provided.

Inspection carried out on 15, 16 January 2014

During a routine inspection

People we spoke with told us they understood the way their care and support was to be provided and relatives confirmed they were involved in monthly care reviews and signed relevant documentation.

People using the service appeared relaxed and contented in their surroundings and we saw relationships with staff were friendly and respectful. One person told us �I like living here� and another �The staff are good�. Relatives we spoke with said they were very pleased with the care provided to their family member. One said �I�m very happy with the care here� and another said of their family member �She�s lucky to be here�. People told us they liked the meals. One person told us "The food is marvellous" and another said "The meals are good".

We saw there were procedures in place to safeguard people and that staff training was up to date and ensured staff could meet individual needs. There were systems in place to monitor the quality of the service and people and their relatives were confident that any issues or concerns they had would be sorted out.

External professionals praised the care describing it as very, very good and another said "There's a lot of compassion there".

Inspection carried out on 28 November 2012

During a routine inspection

We spoke with six people using this service and three family members. We also spoke to four staff members.

We found that people were fully involved in discussions about their needs and care. One person said that �anything you want help with, the staff will help.� People told us that they were always treated with respect.

We observed and heard a good level of communication and contact between staff and people using the service. We saw that the care and daily routines were centred around people's individual needs and preferences.

People were protected against the risks associated with medicines because the provider had appropriate arrangements in place to manage medicines. We found the provider had robust systems in place relating to the management of medicines.

We found there was a clear and up to date recruitment procedure in place that was followed by the service. This meant that people were cared for, or supported by, suitably qualified, skilled and experienced staff.

People were protected from the risks of unsafe or inappropriate care and treatment because accurate and appropriate records were maintained. We found the provider had clear and effective systems in place relating to record keeping.

Inspection carried out on 14 October 2011

During a routine inspection

We spoke to some people living at The Limes to gather their experiences of the care they were receiving. We were told �I have a few health issues but they look after me though. They will make appointments for me quickly.� Another person said �They really look after me, I am happy here.�

We checked if people were aware of their care plan and were happy it was accurate. One person told us �The staff have been through it with me. It is accurate.�

We spoke to people using the service to gather their opinion on the running of the service. We were told �I take part in the resident�s meetings, they do listen to what we say� and �Yes the service seems to be well run.� Another person added �We see the manager daily and everything is well looked after. I know where to go if there was ever a problem.�

We spoke to some visiting relatives to gather their views on the service. We were told �I received a satisfaction survey recently and filled that in, although I have not heard the results of it.� Relatives also confirmed that they were able to attend the resident�s meeting should they wish to.