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The Care Company (SW) Limited Outstanding

Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 22 March 2019

About the service:

The Care Company (SW) Ltd is a service providing care and support to people in their own home. At the time of the inspection the service was providing support to 69 people, but only 47 of those were receiving support with personal care. As the Care Quality Commission (CQC) does not regulate domestic support, this inspection relates only to people receiving the regulated activity of personal care. The service provided both regular daily visits to people in their homes and some live-in staff members, providing a 24-hour support. The service was provided across the rural area of the South Hams in Devon, and in the seaside towns of Torbay.

People’s experience of using this service:

The service was exceptional in placing people at the heart of the service and its values. It had a strong person centred and local community based ethos. Staff and the service’s management told us how important the services’ shared values were to them, and how they were passionate about providing outstanding person-centred care to people when they needed it. Many people being supported told us they thought of their carers as being like family members, and told us they were highly compassionate, caring and flexible. The registered manager told us “We have found in the past if a person feels truly cared for and included and has something to look forward to this has a great impact on their whole wellbeing.”

People’s needs and wishes were met by staff who knew them well. We saw and were told of many examples of staff going ‘above and beyond’ to help and support people they cared for. For example, we were told about how the service had supported a person living with dementia following the loss of their cat. Staff had noticed how depressed the person had become following this loss. The service had taken the person around several local cat shelters before finding the right cat for them to replace their beloved pet. The service told us this action “had a massive effect on the person’s positivity and mental wellbeing.”

Staff were safely recruited, well trained and supported with personalised training programmes and 24 hour back up. The service had a rapid response team to enable them to respond quickly to any care emergencies. Staff were aware of how to report any concerns about neglect or abuse and were confident they would be addressed. They felt they were listened to, and were part of an organisation that cared for them and their wellbeing, as well as the people they were supporting.

People were supported safely, and risks regarding their care were assessed and met. Where this was a part of their care, people’s medicines were administered safely and in accordance with the prescribing instructions. We saw staff also contacted people at times other than during visits to remind them to take certain medicines or to drink fluids.

People and their relatives told us they were treated with great respect for their dignity and privacy. We saw clear evidence of trusting, caring relationships in place, and a clear commitment to support people at difficult times with compassion, respect and affection. We heard, for example, of staff walking miles through recent snowfall to ensure people had hot meals and drinks, and staff supporting people at times of personal bereavement, giving up their own family Christmas to do so.

The service organised many community and individual activities, social events and craft days to help people avoid the risks of social isolation in the rural area where they lived. Efforts were made to ensure people had the same care staff visiting. People’s care and support plans were detailed and followed in practice. The service embraced innovation and learning to improve people’s care experiences, including working alongside other community professionals to provide ‘joined up care’ to people. Some people were being supported by technology through lifeline call systems, and MP3 players with recorded messages and personalised

Inspection areas



Updated 22 March 2019

The service was safe

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The service was effective

Details are in our Effective findings below.



Updated 22 March 2019

The service was exceptionally caring

Details are in our Caring findings below.



Updated 22 March 2019

The service was exceptionally responsive

Details are in our Responsive findings below.



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The service was well-led

Details are in our Well-Led findings below.