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Archived: The Old Vicarage Outstanding

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Inspection carried out on 23 November 2015

During a routine inspection

The service provided accommodation and personal care for up to 41 predominantly older people. This service did not provide nursing care. At the time of our inspection there were 37 people using the service.

The registered manager had resigned in the month prior to our inspection. 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 legal responsibility for meeting the requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated Regulations about how the service is run. The provider had reviewed the service’s management structure and had at the time of our inspection decided to put forward both of the services existing care mangers for registration.

We carried out this unannounced inspection on 23 and 24 November 2015. The service was previously inspected in February 2014 when it was found to be fully compliant with the regulations.

Everyone we spoke with told us they were safe, comfortable and well cared for at The Old Vicarage. People told us; “I am safe here”, “the staff are wonderful, caring and compassionate” and, “They look after me beautifully. Relatives commented, “people are definitely safe here” and, “they are incredibly patient and caring with [my relative].”

People’s care plans were personalised, up to date and accurately reflected their individual care and support needs. These documents provided staff with clear guidance on the level of support each person required and comprehensive risk assessments designed ensure people’s safety while enabling people to take risks in order to maintain their independence. Staff provided care compassionately and respected people’s choices and decisions.

Each person’s care plan included highly detailed information about their life history, hobbies and interests designed to help staff see people as individuals with specific likes and preferences. The service’s activities team was working with volunteers on a project to develop interactive life history presentations.

We found there were sufficient skilled staff available at all times to meet people’s care needs. Staff received regular formal training and innovative techniques, designed to provide staff with an insight into what it was like to need care’ were included in the services induction training.

Staff and volunteers were highly motivated and demonstrated throughout our inspection a clear commitment to provide dignified and compassionate support. The provider was a strong role model and demonstrated both a detailed understanding of people’s care needs and evident concern for their individual welfare. People told us; “The positive atmosphere is created by the boss who is excellent” and, “[the provider] put us completely at ease.” While staff said; “[the provider] is a good boss, very fair” and, “I love [the provider] she is fab with the residents.”

People were involved in village life and the wide selection of activities available within the service. People told us; “it’s great fun here”, “the activities are fantastic” and, “We are very fortunate indeed with our activities coordinator.”

People told us the Old Vicarage was, “spotlessly clean” and we found the service was well maintained with light and warm communal areas. People were able to decorate their rooms with their own furniture and other personal items. The service had extensive well maintained gardens including areas designed to enable people who used wheel chairs to enjoy gardening.

Where people lacked the capacity to make specific decisions the service had consistently acted in the person’s best interests involving family members and heath professional in these decision making processes when appropriate.

Mealtimes were relaxed and social events at The Old Vicarage and people told us; “the cook is first class”, “we can have a nice little drink of wine when we want one” and, “if I don’t fancy what’s on

Inspection carried out on 27 February 2014

During a routine inspection

Care plans were person centred and documented people's wishes in relation to how their care was provided. Staff members understood how people expressed their needs and wishes about how they wanted to be supported with their care. Staff knew exactly how each person communicated which meant people's wishes were understood and respected.

People told us they were very happy with the care and support provided at the service. One person told us "this is a lovely place to live and I am very happy" and another said "the staff are very kind and helpful. I feel very lucky to be here. Nothing is too much trouble for them. They genuinely care and always have time to sit and talk".

We looked at four care plans which showed us the home had involved other agencies and medical professionals in the care of people using the service. This ensured that the health, welfare and safety of people using the service was maintained and information was shared to benefit their individual needs.

People chose how to occupy themselves in the service. We observed that people were spending time in the communal areas participating in activities and interacting with each other. During our inspection we observed people spending time in their bedrooms watching television and spending time with their family. We also saw one person spending time in the grounds of the service walking their dog.

Inspection carried out on 19 March 2013

During a routine inspection

We spoke with four people who all spoke positively about the home and they told us they were very happy with the level of care they received. One person told us the staff were �beyond excellent� and another said �Everything is done for me here.�

People�s care needs and risks were assessed and care was delivered to meet their needs. People were protected from harm as there were appropriate safeguarding procedures.

Staff were supported by the provider through appropriate training and the home had suitable systems to monitor the quality of service provided.

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