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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 25 August 2018

This service provides supportive living and provides personal care to people living in their own houses. It provides a service to disabled adults with sight and hearing impairments, along with other disabilities. This service provides care and support to 33 people living in nine supported living settings, so that they can live as independently as possible. 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.

At our last inspection we rated the service as good overall with a breach of Regulation 17. The provider did not have robust systems in place for monitoring the quality of the service. At this inspection we found the evidence continued to support the rating of good. The provider had improved systems to monitor, assess and improve the quality of the service.

The service had recently appointed a new manager, who had been there ten weeks and was currently going through the application process with the Care Quality Commission to become the registered manager of the service. 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.

Systems and processes were in place to mitigate risks relating to the health, safety and welfare of the people who used the service. Staff understood their responsibilities and completed regular monitoring and checks related to maintaining the health and safety of the environment for the people using the service. Staff had completed safeguarding training and were able to tell us the action they would take if they suspected abuse was taking place. Policies and procedures informed staff of how to raise concerns.

People who were able were fully involved in reviewing their care needs and support. Staff received regular training, appraisals and competency checks to keep their knowledge and understanding of people’s needs up to date. Staff felt supported and received regular supervision meetings. Staff demonstrated good understanding of people’s needs and were confident within their individual roles. People told us staff were caring and how their wellbeing had improved from the support they have received.

People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible; the policies and systems in the service support this practice.

Detailed care plans contained person-centred information and was updated and reviewed on a regular basis. We saw good interactions from staff. Person centred communication methods were used to support people with their everyday needs.

People were supported to plan and maintain a healthy diet.

A new electronic system was being implemented to make care plan information more accessible for people. Daily monitoring of people’s health needs was recorded in detail. Support and advice was sought from health professionals promptly when this external input into people’s care was needed.

The provider had a manager in place who had been working at the service for ten weeks. The provider and management team had a clear vision of improving the lives of people with sensory impairments and learning disabilities. Staff enjoyed working in the service and said, “We are like family, I really enjoy coming to work. It is not like a job.

Further information is in the detailed findings below.

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 25 August 2018

The service remains Good

Effective

Good

Updated 25 August 2018

The service remains Good

Caring

Good

Updated 25 August 2018

The service remains Good

Responsive

Good

Updated 25 August 2018

The service remains Good

Well-led

Good

Updated 25 August 2018

The service remains Good