Updated 27 October 2022
We carried out this inspection under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (the Act) as part of our regulatory functions. We checked whether the provider was meeting the legal requirements and regulations associated with the Act. We looked at the overall quality of the service and provided a rating for the service under the Health and Social Care Act 2008.
As part of this inspection we looked at the infection control and prevention measures in place. This was conducted so we can understand the preparedness of the service in preventing or managing an infection outbreak, and to identify good practice we can share with other services.
The inspection was carried out by one inspector and an Expert by Experience. An Expert by Experience is a person who has personal experience of using or caring for someone who uses this type of care service.
Service and service type
Albemarle Rest Home is a 'care home'. People in care homes receive accommodation and nursing and/or personal care as a single package under one contractual agreement dependent on their registration with us. Albemarle Rest Home is a care home without nursing care. CQC regulates both the premises and the care provided, and both were looked at during this inspection.
This provider is required to have a registered manager to oversee the delivery of regulated activities at this location. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission to manage the service. Registered managers and providers are legally responsible for how the service is run, for the quality and safety of the care provided and compliance with regulations.
At the time of our inspection there was a registered manager in post.
Notice of inspection
This inspection was unannounced.
Inspection activity started on 7 October 2022 and ended on 10 October 2022.
We visited the location's service on 7 October 2022.
What we did before the inspection
We reviewed information we had received about the service since the last inspection. We asked the local authority and Healthwatch for any information they had which would aid our inspection. Local authorities, together with other agencies may have responsibility for funding people who use the service and monitoring its quality. Healthwatch is an independent consumer champion that gathers and represents the views of the public about health and social care services in England.
The provider had not been asked to complete a Provider Information Return (PIR) prior to this inspection. A PIR is information providers send us to give some key information about the service, what the service does well and improvements they plan to make.
We used all this information to plan our inspection.
During the inspection
We spoke briefly with four people who used the service and eight relatives about their experience of the care provided. We spoke with the registered manager and four care workers. We also spoke with the nominated individual. The nominated individual is responsible for supervising the management of the service on behalf of the provider. We spoke with one healthcare professional who worked closely with the service.
We reviewed a range of records. This included three people's care records, one staff recruitment file and five medication records. A variety of documents relating to the management of the service, including policies, training records, maintenance records and quality assurance documents were reviewed.