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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 8 September 2013
Date of Publication: 26 September 2013
Inspection Report published 26 September 2013 PDF

People should be cared for in a clean environment and protected from the risk of infection (outcome 8)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Providers of services comply with the requirements of regulation 12, with regard to the Code of Practice for health and adult social care on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance.

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 8 September 2013, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with carers and / or family members and talked with staff.

Our judgement

People were cared for in a clean, hygienic environment.

Reasons for our judgement

People were protected from the risk of infection because appropriate guidance had been followed. The home's infection control policy was detailed and contained information on the prevention and control of infections. We spoke with staff who confirmed they had read the infection control policy and had received infection control training. This meant that staff were provided with up to date information about the correct procedures in order to protect people from infection risks.

There were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. We saw that gloves and aprons were available for staff should they need to wear them. Clinical waste was disposed of separately using the appropriate colour waste bags. These were stored separately away from other household waste. We saw that the main bathroom was clean and tidy. We checked baths and they had been cleaned effectively to a suitable standard. Hand gel was available to staff and visitors throughout the home.

People were cared for in a clean, hygienic environment. We found high standards of cleaning. Bedrooms were checked and were found to be clean and tidy. We observed housekeeping staff cleaning people's rooms thoroughly. We spoke with the housekeeping staff who were able to tell us how they cleaned people’s rooms and communal areas; they were able to show us products that they used.

All communal toilets were found clean and odourless and had anti-bacterial soap and paper towels in place. We checked the chairs in the communal lounge and conservatory. These were found to be clean and well maintained. We were told by housekeeping staff that the chairs were cleaned regularly with detergent sprays especially if they had been soiled.