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Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 31 July 2019

About the service: L'Arche Ipswich The Cornerstone provides outstanding care and support to people living in a ‘supported living’ setting, so that they can live as independently as possible and reach their full potential. People’s care and housing are provided under separate contractual agreements. CQC does not regulate premises used for supported living; this inspection looked at people’s personal care and support.

This continues to be an outstanding service that is registered for personal care and offers an innovative style of care and support. The majority of staff share the same home as the 15 people living with a learning disability, that they support. The people who use the service call themselves and are referred to within the community as core members. The core members, or people who use the service, live in their home, as a community, along with their assistants (staff) in four shared houses in Ipswich. As well as the staff that share the accommodation with the people, they are also supported by other staff that live outside the community.

L'Arche Ipswich The Cornerstone has been closely developed and designed in line with the principles and values that underpin Registering the Right Support and other best practice guidance. This ensures that people who use the service can live as full a life as possible and achieve the best possible outcomes. The principles reflect the need for people with learning disabilities and/or autism to live meaningful lives that include control, choice, and independence. People using the service continued to receive outstandingly well planned and coordinated person-centered support that is appropriate and inclusive for them.

People’s experience of using this service:

People who used the service and their relatives were extremely complimentary about the quality of service they received. One person told us, “I am more than happy, they are brilliant.” One person’s relative said, “We believe L’Arche is the best place for [our relative] to live and we are grateful for that.” Another relative told us, “My overall view of the support [my relative] receives at L’Arche is excellent, they go above and beyond. Families are encouraged to visit, keep in contact and are always welcomed into the community.”

All the staff we talked with had an empathetic understanding of the people who used the service and the help and support they needed to stay safe, to maintain their wellbeing and to reach fulfilment.

Some of the staff lived amongst the people they supported and used shared facilities. They interacted with people in an open and inclusive way, people told us that it felt as if the staff were part of their family.

The service supported people in positive risk taking, in a way that kept people safe but allowed them to make their own decisions about the way they lived.

Staff continued to receive safeguarding training and acted when necessary to prevent any harm or abuse.

Recruitment practices remained robust and contributed to protecting people from staff who were unsuitable to work in care.

People who use the service were included as part of the recruitment team in a meaningful way, meaning that people were able to help decide who was going to work and live with them. People told us this made them feel in control, one person said, “It’s like choosing a flatmate.”

There were ample staff to enable people to live active and enriched lives.

People were supported by staff who were skilled, highly motivated and very caring. This led to people being able to develop loving, longstanding friendships with staff that were maintained once staff had left the service.

People continued to be consulted over their care needs and were actively encouraged to make their own decisions, so they could retain control of their lives.

Care plans were very person centred and individual to each person. People took an active role in developing their care plans and took ownership of them. One person told us that sta

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The service was safe

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The service was effective

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The service was exceptionally caring

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The service was exceptionally responsive

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The service was exceptionally well-led

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