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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 6 July 2011
Date of Publication: 26 September 2011
Inspection Report published 26 September 2011 PDF | 68.87 KB

People should be cared for in safe and accessible surroundings that support their health and welfare (outcome 10)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are in safe, accessible surroundings that promote their wellbeing.

How this check was done

We reviewed all the information we hold about this provider, carried out a visit on 06/07/2011, checked the provider's records and talked to people who use services.

Our judgement

The environment provided people with safe, comfortable and homely surroundings in which to live; that met their individual needs and lifestyles.

User experience

We spoke with people who were lying in specialist nursing beds. They told us the beds were comfortable and they were well looked after by the staff.

Other evidence

Swallow Wood was a purpose built care home and had accommodation and facilities on two floors, with lift and stair access to the upper level. There were two double bedrooms and the rest were single rooms; fifteen of the bedrooms were en-suite. There was a mix of large and small communal areas giving people options of where they wish to sit and a chance to enjoy quiet times as well as company. Bedrooms were large and spacious enough to accommodate the equipment needed to move individuals about during care giving. People had a choice of bathing facilities including a parker bath, showers and assisted (hoisted) baths. Outside of the building there was a secure garden area with seats and tables for people using the service.

Discussion with the staff and manager indicates that there was a wide range of equipment provided to help with the moving and handling of people and to encourage their independence within the home. This included mobile hoists, slide sheets, moving and handling belts and handrails. Bathrooms had wide doorways to enable wheelchair access. Specialist nursing beds including profiling and rise and fall adaptations were provided where people had an assessed need. The specialist beds made it easier for staff to move people safely into and out of bed. The home provided pressure relieving mattresses and cushions, where people were deemed at risk of developing pressure sores.

All areas seen during this visit were found to be warm, safe and comfortable, well decorated and welcoming.

We saw visitors to the premises signing in and out at the entrance hall as part of the provider's fire safety precautions. We looked at the service contract agreements which were in place to ensure equipment that was fixed to the premises was tested and fit for purpose; this included systems such as fire, electrics, nurse call, lighting, lifts, water and gas. These were all up to date and reviewed regularly by the manager.