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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 6 March 2021

Caroline House is an nine-bedded residential care home that was providing personal care to people who have a learning disability, sensory impairment, physical disability and health care needs.

We found the following examples of good practice.

Measures were in place, and clearly communicated, to prevent relatives & friends, professionals and others visiting, from spreading infection at the entrance and on entering the premises. All visitors were screened for symptoms of acute respiratory infection before being allowed to enter the home.

People were supported to keep in touch with families and visits were planned and well organised to reduce risk and avoid the potential spread of infection. Alternative forms of maintaining social contact were used for friends and relatives. For example, keeping in touch using video calls, regular newsletters to family members, visiting in the communal garden or through meeting at a closed window.

A testing scheme for all staff and residents had been implemented, known as ‘whole home testing’. The provider undertook regular 'whole home testing' as well as testing any suspected or symptomatic residents or staff. People and staff had individual risk assessments in place, and adjustments had been made.

Staff were trained and knew how to immediately instigate full infection control measures to care for people with symptoms to avoid the virus spreading to other people and staff members. Staff had received training from an infection control specialist. Arrangements were in place so staff could appropriately socially distance during breaks, handovers and meetings.

Communal areas such as the dining area and office were used creatively to help with infection and prevention control (IPC) and social distancing. For example, the office had been re-arranged providing an area for staff to complete training and have breaks safely.

The provider had supported people using their preferred communication methods to share key information about the pandemic and ensure people’s wellbeing was supported. For example, through social stories and easy read documentation. Easy read refers to the presentation of text in an accessible, easy to understand format.

The provider had strengthened their community links during the pandemic. For example, the local GP surgery had implemented a weekly call with the service to ensure people continued to have access to their services and had their healthcare needs met.

Contingency plans were in place to manage ongoing or future outbreaks or other events effectively. The provider collected data and regular reports from the service. To support the service during the outbreak of coronavirus, tasks that could be completed remotely were delegated to other skilled employees within the organisation. This was a supportive measure for the registered manager and staff team to support their well-being during the outbreak.

Following the outbreak of coronavirus within the service, the registered manager participated in a review of their experience and management of the outbreak to identify good practice, lessons learnt and recommendations. This was then shared and implemented across the organisation in all their services.

Further information is in the detailed findings below.

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 6 March 2021

Further information is in the detailed findings below.

Effective

Good

Updated 6 March 2021

Caring

Good

Updated 6 March 2021

Responsive

Good

Updated 6 March 2021

Well-led

Good

Updated 6 March 2021