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Inspection carried out on 24 February 2016

During a routine inspection

The inspection took place on 24 February 2016. The inspection was unannounced.

Rydal is a residential care home with nursing based in the Lascelles area of Darlington, County Durham. The home provides personal care and nursing care to older people and people with dementia type conditions. It is situated close to the town centre, close to local amenities and transport links. The service was registered for 60 people and at the time of our inspection there were 41 people using the service.

The home had 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 legal responsibility for meeting the requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated Regulations about how the service is run.

We spoke with a range of different team members; care, nursing, kitchen, maintenance, laundry, activities co-ordinator and student nurses who told us they felt well supported and that the registered manager was supportive and approachable. Throughout the day we saw that people who used the service and staff were comfortable, relaxed and had a positive rapport with the registered manager and with each other. The atmosphere was welcoming, and relaxed. We saw that staff interacted with each other and the people who used the service in a friendly, supportive, positive manner.

From looking at people’s detailed care plans we saw they were in two parts. One held personal information and detailed accounts of care needs and a record of daily activity. The second file in addition to the care plan files was a person centred file that was stored in people’s bedrooms and these included a ‘one page profile’ that made good use of pictures, personal history and described individuals likes, dislikes, care and support needs. Both were regularly reviewed and updated by the care staff and the registered manager.

Individual care plans contained risk assessments. These identified risks and described the measures and interventions to be taken to ensure people were protected from the risk of harm. The care records we viewed also showed us that people’s health was monitored and referrals were made to other health care professionals where necessary, for example: their GP, optician or chiropodist.

Our observations during the inspection showed us that people who used the service were supported by sufficient numbers of staff to meet their individual needs and wishes.

When we looked at the staff training records they showed us staff were supported and able to maintain and develop their skills through training and development opportunities were accessible at this service.

The staff we spoke with confirmed they attended a range of training opportunities but not in dementia awareness. These types of specific courses help to raise awareness and meet the needs of the people who use the service and those living with dementia.

We saw that the physical environment throughout the home was not dementia friendly and did not always reflect best practice in dementia care or meet the standards set out in national guidelines.

They told us they had regular supervisions and appraisals with the registered manager, where they had the opportunity to discuss their care practice and identify further mandatory and vocational training needs. We also viewed records that showed us there were robust recruitment processes in place.

We observed how the service administered medicines and how they did this safely. We looked at how records were kept and spoke with the nursing staff about how this was carried out and how senior staff was trained to administer medicine and we found that the medicine administering process was safe.

People were encouraged to participate in activities that were organised, including, outings and regular entertainers. We saw staff spending their time positively engaging with people as a group an

Inspection carried out on 14 August 2013

During a routine inspection

During this inspection we spent time observing how people were cared for to help us understand the experiences of people using the service. This was because many of the people using the service had dementia care needs which meant they were not always able to tell us their views. We saw people were treated with consideration and respect.

We spoke with 16 of the 41 people who used the service and 10 visitors to get their views of Rydal care home. People described the service as “excellent” and “brilliant”. One person told us, “They are very helpful, if I ask for anything I get it.” Another person told us, “I am very happy with my care.”

People had been individually assessed to see if they could make their own decisions. Relatives told us they felt included in the care arrangements and decisions.

The home had enough staff on duty to support people with their care needs. Staff also supported people with a wide range of individual and group activities.

The home was well maintained and clean. There had been improvements to the environment for people with dementia using colours and picture signs.

Care records were detailed and accurate, so staff knew how to support each person in the right way. The provider had an effective system for checking the quality and safety of the service.

Inspection carried out on 1 November 2012

During a routine inspection

Many of the people who lived at the home were not able to tell us their views because of their dementia care needs. We used a formal way to observe people to help us understand how their needs were supported. We call this the ‘Short Observational Framework for Inspection (SOFI).

We watched how people were supported during a lunchtime meal. We saw staff were friendly, supportive and provided positive encouragement to people. People were supported to make choices about their day, menus and appearance.

We found the home had recently achieved an award for its services for people with dementia. It achieved this award for providing the right staff training, communication and type of support for people with dementia. Visitors made many positive comments about the service. A relative told us, “I’ve seen great improvements over the past year. It’s excellent care now.”

The home had been through a major refurbishment programme over the past year. We saw there were many improvements to the decoration of the home and to the garden area for the people who lived here.

We saw the staff were well trained and supported to do their jobs. The provider carried out robust checks to review the quality of its service.

Inspection carried out on 31 January and 3 February 2012

During an inspection looking at part of the service

We visited Rydal care home to check whether improvements had been made to four compliance actions that we made at the last inspection on 18 August 2011.

We spent time with people and their visitors. Many of the people who lived at the home could not give us their views because of their dementia care needs.

We sat with people during a lunchtime meal to see what sort of an experience this was for them. We saw this had improved because people were given one-to-one support and enough time to enjoy their meals.

We spoke with several visiting relatives for their views. Overall visitors told us they had seen improvements to the service over the past few months.

One relative said, �The new management regime seems to have made some improvements. I have got more confidence in them and things have been sorted out when I�ve asked.�

One visitor told us, �It had all gone very lax last year and things were not getting done, but I�m more satisfied with it now.�

Visitors commented on the improvements to the accommodation. One person said, �The decoration is getting better.�

All the visitors we spoke with were complimentary about the staff. One person said, �There have been some changes but the care for my mum is still very good. I wouldn�t want to move her now because the staff are so good with her.�

Another visitor said, �The care staff are very good. They know how to help (my relative) and they are so patient with her.�

Inspection carried out on 19 August 2011

During an inspection in response to concerns

Many of the people who lived at the home were unable to give us their views due to the dementia needs.

We used a formal way to observe people to help us understand how their needs were supported. We call this the �Short Observational Framework for Inspection (SOFI).

We joined people for a lunchtime meal in each of the three dining rooms to see how they were supported. We saw that there was a different dining experience for people between the two floors. One visitor told us, �It gets a bit frantic at times, especially mealtimes.�

Visitors made many positive comments about their view of the service provided at this home. They felt that the manager and staff were very welcoming.

One visitor said, �It�s a nice place. Staff seem genuinely caring. They�re always very friendly.�

All the visitors that we spoke with had positive comments to make about the staff. One person said, �Lots of staff have been here for years. To me that means it must be alright and that they enjoy their job.�

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