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Date of Inspection: 12, 15 August 2014
Date of Publication: 24 September 2014
Inspection Report published 24 September 2014 PDF | 78.13 KB


Inspection carried out on 12, 15 August 2014

During a routine inspection

The planned review was carried out by one Inspector, who visited unannounced on the 12 August 2014 and announced on the 15 August 2014.

During the visit we met and talked with people that used the service, the manager, the care co-ordinator, senior care staff, care staff, and ancillary staff. They helped answer our five questions;

Is the service safe?

Is the service caring?

Is the service responsive? Is the service safe?

Is the service effective?

Is the service well led?

Below is a summary of what we found. The summary is based on our observations during the inspection, speaking with people using the service, their relatives, the staff supporting them and from looking at records. We found overall that action had been taken and improvements had been made by management and staff since our last inspection visit.

If you want to see the evidence supporting our summary please read the full report.

Is the service safe?

The service was safe. People were treated with respect and dignity by the staff. People told us that they felt safe. Safeguarding procedures were robust and staff understood how to safeguard the people they supported.

We observed that care records were being reviewed and regular auditing was undertaken to ensure that people were protected against the risks of inappropriate or unsafe care and treatment.

We inspected medication management and found that there were suitable procedures in place to ensure that people received the right medicines at the right time, with the support of appropriately trained staff.

We found that records required to be kept to protect people's safety and wellbeing were maintained, held securely and available when required.

Is the service effective?

The service was effective. People’s health and care needs were assessed with them and/or their representatives. Specialist dietary, mobility and equipment needs had been identified in care plans where required.

We found that the staff referred people appropriately to their GP and other health and social care professionals. This meant that people had the care and treatment that they needed.

Is the service caring?

The service was caring. We saw that staff interacted well with people and knew how to relate to them and how to communicate with them. People we spoke with told us that they were happy with the care they received and that they got the help they needed.

Is the service responsive?

The service was responsive. We found that the staff listened to people, and took appropriate action to deal with any concerns.

Care plans showed that the care staff noticed if someone was unwell, or needed a visit from a health professional such as a dentist or optician. The staff acted promptly to make appointments for people. This meant that their health needs were being met.

Is the service well-led?

The manager was new to the home. Previous to this appointment, he was a registered manager with another of the homes owned by the company.

There were systems in place to provide on-going monitoring of the home. This included checks for the environment, health and safety, fire safety and staff training needs.

The staff confirmed that they had individual supervision and staff meetings. This enabled them to share ideas and concerns.

People who used the service had their comments and complaints listened to and acted on effectively.