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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 12 March 2021

Sherwood Lodge is a residential care home and at the time of the inspection was providing personal care to 48 people aged 60 and over. The service can support up to 49 people.

At the time of the inspection there were strict rules in place throughout England relating to social restrictions and shielding practices. These were commonly known as the 'national lockdown - stay at home policy'. This meant the Covid-19 alert level was high and there were tighter restrictions in place affecting the whole community.

We found the following examples of good practice:

The provider and registered manager had comprehensive processes to minimise the risk to people, staff and visitors from catching and spreading infection. Authorised visitors were checked at the door of the home to make sure they were safe to enter. These processes were thorough and would help in preventing the spread of infection.

There was weekly testing of staff and every 28 days for people living in the home. Hand sanitiser and personal protective equipment (PPE) were available throughout the home. There were signs to remind staff, visitors and people about the use of PPE, the importance of washing hands, regular use of hand sanitisers and appropriate social distancing.

Where appropriate, ‘socially-distanced' visits had been taking place before the inspection. There was a visiting pod that had been created at the front of the home of the home so that visitors did not have to enter the home itself. The facility incorporated appropriate protections for visitors and their loved ones. It was a high quality construction that could be used in all weather conditions. Visitors could access the providers 'on-line' system to arrange visits. The registered manager said they were preparing systems at the home to facilitate personal visits the week following the inspection and engaging with people and their relatives about this.

Infection control policy and people's risk assessments had been considered and revised following the pandemic so that people were protected in the event of becoming unwell or in the event of a Covid-19 outbreak in the home.

The provider insisted people were tested before admission and consistent with local guidance, people had not been admitted to the home for the most part of the pandemic. There was a situation where another health and social care provider discharged a person to Sherwood Lodge that may not have been completely safe. We were encouraged that the registered manager and provider acted appropriately in this situation and developed policy and process as a result of lessons learned from this incident. The registered manager said this had assisted in protecting people during the latest wave of Covid-19 infection.

We were satisfied the service, staff, people and visitors were following the rules and best practice guidance around shielding, isolation periods, discharges and admissions to and from the home.

People's mental wellbeing had been promoted by innovative use of social media and electronic tablets so people could contact their relatives and friends. Where required, staff supported people with this technology.

The home was clean and hygienic. During the inspection we noted there was continuing cleaning taking place with designated cleaning staff. The senior cleaner was an infection and prevention control champion.

Staff also had comprehensive knowledge of infection prevention, access to good practice guidance and had attended Covid-19 specialist training hosted by the provider. This followed best practice and latest guidance. There were sufficient staff to provide continuity of support and ensure safeguards were in place should there be a staff shortage.

If required, staff could receive Covid-19 related supervision and had access to appropriate support to manage their wellbeing. The registered manager also had a good understanding and knowledge of the staff team. During the pandemic, we noted the provider had provided reassurance, ot

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

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People were Safe. We were assured the provider managed infection prevention and control at the time of the inspection.

Effective

Good

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Caring

Good

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Responsive

Good

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Well-led

Good

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