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The Grove Residential Home Outstanding

Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Outstanding

Updated 22 January 2021

The Grove is a care home that provides accommodation and personal care for up to 36 people. The service is provided in accommodation over two floors. At the time of this inspection 26 people were living in the home.

We found the following examples of good practice.

It was evident at the inspection that staff were working tirelessly to support everyone living in the home including those who had tested positive for Covid 19 and were receiving end of life care. The atmosphere was respectful and compassionate tinged with great sadness. Many people had lived at The Grove for a long time where caring, trusting relationships had been built. One relative who lost their loved one to Covid 19 wrote the registered manager and stated, “I wanted to send you, and your staff, a note of thanks. You did everything you could to keep COVID-19 out of the Grove, however, unfortunately, it still found its’ way in. Please thank them for me. The care you provided my father was first class”. All family members had shown great kindness to all staff, one relative phoned every morning to ‘check on staff and see if there was anything they needed’. There was effective, supportive communication between the directors, all managers and staff. Since the outbreak the acting manager contacted relatives every day to update them on the health and wellbeing of their loved one.

The registered manager was in isolation when we conducted the inspection, as were many of the permanent staff. As soon as the outbreak arrived at The Grove, the provider acted promptly to ensure safe management oversight and a team of senior care staff with a good skill mix to support the home. All staff were tested prior to joining The Grove and remained working at the home until it was safe to retain their positions in the providers sister home. One deputy manager and a clinical lead nurse were redeployed to home. Their contribution was greatly appreciated and welcomed by the permanent staff. The Grove is a residential home and it was reassuring for staff to have a nurse oversight and expertise. The registered manager was grateful her residents and staff were in safe hands. She wrote to the temporary staff team, “I would personally like to thank you all for the help and support over the last couple of weeks at The Grove. You have all been amazing and very supportive to residents and staff and this very difficult time. It comes from the bottom of my heart and I can't say thank you enough for all your support, work and commitment you have all been amazing”.

People continued to receive prompt medical attention when they became unwell and relationships with health professionals remained very effective during these difficult, sensitive times. The clinical lead nurse praised the GP’s and out of hours for the support they gave when planning palliative support for those people who were receiving end of life care. One care staff member shared with us her feelings of great sadness and how she ensured people were not alone during these times. She came in when she was not on duty and would sit and stay with people to comfort them in the absence of a family member.

Prior to our visit we were informed of the procedures we should expect when visiting, this was the policy for all professionals arriving at the service. Professionals were asked not to visit the service if they displayed any symptoms related to Covid 19. On our arrival we were greeted by a clinical lead nurse and had our temperature taken, we were asked to sanitise our hands and to wear the PPE given to us. Everyone visiting provided contact details to support the track and trace system. Visitors were shown to the area of the home they were visiting, by the shortest and most direct route.

There were policies, procedures and contingency plans in place. Clear recording and management for monitoring those staff who had tested positive were robust. The live system used, informed the registered manager when an individual’s isolation was completed. It was clear from the evidence provided that many staff had not returned after the isolation period, because they still felt unwell and the provider fully supported extended sick leave. Audits were undertaken, and actions were taken to ensure improvements were made. Staff had received training in IPC and regular updates were provided. Spot checks took place to check staff understanding and compliance with the use of PPE and infection prevention and control practices.

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 22 January 2021

We were assured the service was following safe infection prevention and control procedures to keep people safe.

Effective

Good

Updated 22 January 2021

Caring

Good

Updated 22 January 2021

Responsive

Outstanding

Updated 22 January 2021

Well-led

Outstanding

Updated 22 January 2021