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Archived: Lakeside Residential Care Home

Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

Smithy Bridge Road, Littleborough, Lancashire, OL15 0DB (01706) 377766

Provided and run by:
Eldercare (Lancs) Limited

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Background to this inspection

Updated 20 September 2017

We carried out this inspection under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 as part of our regulatory functions. This inspection was planned to check whether the provider is meeting the legal requirements and regulations associated with the Health and Social Care Act 2008, to look at the overall quality of the service, and to provide a rating for the service under the Care Act 2014.

This was an unannounced inspection and was conducted by one adult social care inspector and an Expert by Experience on the 08 August and an inspector on the 09 August 2017.

We requested and received a Provider Information Return (PIR). This is a form that asks the provider to give some key information about the service, what the service does well and any improvements they plan to make. We used this information to help plan the inspection. We also contacted the local authority and Healthwatch Rochdale to ask for their views about the service.

Before our inspection visit we reviewed the information we held about the service. This included notifications the provider had made to us. Notifications tell us about any incidents or events that affect people who use the service.

We spoke with eight people who used the service, two relatives/visitors, the hairdresser, the manager, deputy manager, the cook and three care staff members.

During our inspection we observed the support provided by staff in communal areas of the home. We looked at the care records for three people who used the service and medication administration records for ten. We also looked at the recruitment, training and supervision records for three members of staff, minutes of meetings and a variety of other records related to the management of the service.

Overall inspection


Updated 20 September 2017

Lakeside is a purpose built care home located on Smithybridge Road, leading to Hollingworth Lake. The first floor is accessed by a passenger lift. The home provides accommodation and support for up to 40 people. There were 27 people currently accommodated at the home.

At the last inspection of November 2016 the service required improvement for four breaches of the regulations. Regulation 11 HSCA RA Regulations 2014 Need for consent, Regulation 12 HSCA RA Regulations 2014 Safe care and treatment, Regulation 13 HSCA RA Regulations 2014 Safeguarding service users from abuse and improper treatment and Regulation 17 HSCA RA Regulations 2014 Good governance. The service sent us an action plan to show how they planned to improve the service. We found the service had made the improvements at this inspection.

The service did not have a registered manager. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission to manage the service. Like registered providers, they are 'registered persons'. Registered persons have a legal responsibility for meeting the requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated Regulations about how the service is run. Since the last inspection a person had been registered but had left after a short time. The service were interviewing potential candidates but had not employed anyone at the time of the inspection.

The service used the local authority safeguarding procedures to report any safeguarding concerns. Staff had been trained in safeguarding topics and were aware of their responsibilities to report any possible abuse.

Recruitment procedures were robust and ensured new staff should be safe to work with vulnerable adults.

The administration of medicines was safe. Staff had been trained in the administration of medicines and had up to date policies and procedures to follow.

The home was clean, tidy and homely in character. The environment was maintained at a good level and homely in character.

There were systems in place to prevent the spread of infection. Staff were trained in infection control and provided with the necessary equipment and hand washing facilities. This helped to protect the health and welfare of staff and people who used the service.

Electrical and gas appliances were serviced regularly. Each person had a personal emergency evacuation plan (PEEP) and there was a business plan for any unforeseen emergencies.

People were given choices in the food they ate and told us it was good. People were encouraged to eat and drink to ensure they were hydrated and well fed.

Most staff had been trained in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). The registered manager was aware of her responsibilities of how to apply for any best interest decisions under the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and followed the correct procedures using independent professionals.

New staff received induction training to provide them with the skills to care for people. Staff files and the training matrix showed staff had undertaken sufficient training to meet the needs of people and they were supervised regularly to check their competence. Supervision sessions also gave staff the opportunity to discuss their work and ask for any training they felt necessary.

We observed there were good interactions between staff and people who used the service. People told us staff were kind and caring.

We saw from our observations of staff and records that people who used the service were given choices in many aspects of their lives and helped to remain independent where possible.

We saw that the quality of care plans gave staff sufficient information to look after people accommodated at the care home and they were regularly reviewed. Plans of care contained people’s personal preferences so they could be treated as individuals.