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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 10 July 2013
Date of Publication: 13 August 2013
Inspection Report published 13 August 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 10 July 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 people who use the service, 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

Suitable equipment was in place to meet people's moving and handling needs. The equipment included fixed tracking and a mobile hoist. Some people had profiling beds with pressure relieving mattresses. The staff felt that they had sufficient equipment and the correct staffing levels to assist people safely with their moving and handling needs. People had their own hoist slings and staff said these were checked regularly to ensure they were in good condition. People had more than one to allow for laundering.

Both bungalows had accessible shower rooms but only one was fitted with a suitable accessible bath. Staff were hoping the unsuitable bath would be replaced so they could offer people the choice between a bath or shower. A tracking hoist was fitted in this bathroom so it was just the bath design that was causing the problem.

Detailed moving and handling assessments were included in the care plans. Equipment had been assessed by external professionals at the Community Learning Disability Team and District Nurses.

Staff had been trained and refresher courses were provided periodically.

There was a lack of storage facilities for the large amount of equipment in use. This meant that items were stored in the corridor, people’s bedrooms or the bathroom. The provider had told us they were considering building a link between the two bungalows so these plans may include storage for equipment.

A new accessible minibus was being considered on the day of our visit to replace a smaller vehicle. This would mean there would be two accessible minibuses suitable for people who use quite large wheelchairs.