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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 8 September 2014
Date of Publication: 3 October 2014
Inspection Report published 03 October 2014 PDF


Inspection carried out on 8 September 2014

During a routine inspection

The inspection was led by one inspector. Information we gathered during the inspection helped answer our five questions; 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, the staff supporting them and from looking at records.

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

Is the service safe?

People told us that the staff were patient and helpful. They said they responded quickly to any requests for help and supported them as they wanted. One person said, "Everyone one of these girls look after us well. They do a marvellous job and are so patient.�

We saw that people were treated with respect and dignity with staff assisting people in a sensitive manner. Care and support was provided in a way that was intended to ensure people's safety and welfare. People had the choice of spending time on their own or in the communal areas. When we inspected here were enough staff on duty to support people as they needed.

The home had policies and procedures in relation to the Mental Capacity Act. Staff were aware of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. Relevant staff had been trained to understand when an application should be made but there had been errors with submissions. We have asked the provider to tell us what they are going to do to meet the requirements of the law in relation to submitting applications.

Systems were in place to make sure that provider and staff learnt from events such as accidents and incidents, complaints, concerns, whistleblowing and investigations. This reduced the risks to people and helped the service to continually improve.

Service contracts were in place. Maintenance records we looked at showed that regular safety checks were carried out. Any repairs were completed quickly and safely. These measures ensured the home was maintained.

Is the service effective?

People confirmed and records showed that people were able to see their visitors in private and that friends and relatives could visit whenever they wished.

People�s health and care needs were assessed and reviewed with them. We saw that most care plans were up to date and reflected people�s current individual, dietary, cultural and religious needs. However some records had information missing to assist with managing behaviour that challenged. This meant that staff did not always have the up to date information they needed. We have asked the provider to tell us what they are going to do to meet the requirements of the law in relation to meeting their care needs.

The individual needs of people were taken into account with the layout of the home enabling people to move around freely and safely. The premises were suitable to meet the needs of people with physical impairments.

Is the service caring?

People told us that they enjoyed living at The Owls care home and were comfortable there. One person told us, �They pop in to check I am alright and to see if I need anything. Sometimes I think I could manage at home but to be honest I know I am better off here being looked after and having my meals made for me. A relative said about the care of their family member, �The staff are so good to her and look after her so well.�

We saw the main meal being served at lunchtime. The mealtime was relaxed and unhurried with music playing in the background. Staff were attentive and supported people appropriately as they assisted them with their meals.

Most care plans were being maintained, and regularly updated, recording the care and support people were receiving.

People said they could make their views, ideas or concerns known to the provider and staff. One person said, �The staff here are so good. They will do anything for us and try to do everything we ask.� Relatives were also complimentary about the provider and staff team. A relative commented about the care given to their family member, �The staff here are always so kind and look after her so well. I have no complaints at all

Is the service responsive?

Staff assisted people with personal care discretely and sensitively and in a timely manner. Religious and cultural needs were taken into account and these were being met as people wanted. We observed people involved in daily living activities, social and leisure activities or chatting with staff. People said that they enjoyed the activities.

People said they had no complaints and were happy in the home. One person told us about the staff, �I only have to say I want something or don�t want something and they deal with it. They are good �girls� here.� A relative told us, �I have no qualms about the home or the staff. I can�t fault them. I have no problems with any of them.�

Is the service well-led?

The service had a quality assurance system in place. Records showed that any identified problems were addressed.

Staff had a good understanding of their roles and responsibilities and of the ethos of the home. They felt that they worked together effectively. Staff had regular meetings so were involved in decisions about the home. We were notified of any incidents or issues relating to the home in a timely manner.