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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 18 October 2013
Date of Publication: 3 December 2013
Inspection Report published 03 December 2013 PDF

People should be safe from harm from unsafe or unsuitable equipment (outcome 11)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are not at risk of harm from unsafe or unsuitable equipment (medical and non-medical equipment, furnishings or fittings).
  • Benefit from equipment that is comfortable and meets their needs.

How this check was done

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 18 October 2013, observed how people were being cared for and checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care. We talked with staff and reviewed information given to us by the provider.

Our judgement

People were protected from unsafe or unsuitable equipment.

Reasons for our judgement

There was enough equipment to promote the independence and comfort of people who use the service. We saw that the home made sure people had the equipment they required for meeting their needs and promoting their independence. There were ceiling hoists, individual slings and adapted wheelchairs and beds for each person. In the lounge beanbags were available for people to relax and spend time out of their wheelchairs. People were provided with sensory objects of reference and sensory equipment such as textured mats and lighting for therapeutic purposes.

Care plans clearly stated what support people required for their physical needs and these were reviewed appropriately. We noted an Occupational Therapy assessment was completed for one person due to a change in their mobility needs. Another person had experienced discomfort in their wheelchair and adjustments were made to their support pads and safety belt.

People had spacious bedrooms that were designed and furnished to meet their individual needs and preferences. Other specialist equipment had been purchased to meet the individual needs of people who use the service. One person had an air conditioning fan in their room due to their preference for a cool environment. Another person had pressure relieving equipment which included a mattress and cushions for their wheelchair.

The en-suite facilities were fitted with appropriate aids and adaptations to meet people's physical needs such as low rise baths. One person had a shower trolley in their bathroom. The facilities were spacious and provided easy access for wheelchairs.

People were protected from unsafe or unsuitable equipment. We looked at some of the servicing and routine maintenance records for the home. These were up to date and clearly organised in folders for staff to work with. Records evidenced that equipment was regularly checked and safe for people to use. This included maintenance checks on wheelchair safety, the lift, hoists and adapted baths. Visual checks were carried out on moving and handling equipment such as slings. Other records included appropriate maintenance contracts concerning fire, gas and electrical safety and for servicing equipment such as the lift and electrical appliances. This meant that people were protected from specific risks associated with the building.

Fire exits were clear, fire alarms and equipment had all been tested accordingly. There was an up to date fire risk assessment for the home and we saw that practice evacuation drills were regularly held involving both people using the service and staff. Each person had a specific risk plan on how staff should support them to leave the building in the event of a fire.

We found that checks on the home’s internal and external environment were undertaken on a monthly basis and systems were in place to report any issues of concern. The care provider employed a handyman to undertake essential repairs and maintenance where necessary.