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Howard Goble House Requires improvement

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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 18 November 2013
Date of Publication: 14 December 2013
Inspection Report published 14 December 2013 PDF


Inspection carried out on 18 November 2013

During a routine inspection

Howard Goble House provides accommodation for 12 older people with learning disabilities, including people with dementia care needs The home is divided into two units one on the ground floor and the other on the first floor with lift access. Six people live in each unit. People were supported in activities of daily living. We observed during our inspection that people were treated with care and respect. One person we spoke to told us; "I like living here" and another said "it's all right here."

We found that people had risk assessments and care plans. People had a staff member allocated as their key worker who would regularly review their care. Staff told us that people were supported to make their own decisions and that they would build in choices to the daily routine. Staff had access to a consent policy and received training on the mental health act.

The provider had a complaints policy and had made suitable arrangements to obtain people�s feedback on the service provided. Relatives we spoke with told us that they had no cause to complain and that they were very happy with the care. We found that staff had been trained on the control of infection and appropriate arrangements were in place for the cleaning of the home. We found that there were effective recruitment procedures in place and the relevant checks were carried out on staff before they started in post. Staff were suitably qualified and had access to appropriate training and development opportunities.