5 February 2022
We carried out this inspection under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 as part of our regulatory functions. This inspection was planned to check whether the provider is meeting the legal requirements and regulations associated with the Health and Social Care Act 2008.
We received information of concern about visiting arrangements at this service. This was a targeted inspection looking at the infection prevention and control measures the provider has in place. We also asked the provider about any staffing pressures the service was experiencing and whether this was having an impact on the service.
This inspection took place on 12 January 2022 and was unannounced.
5 February 2022
About the service
The Cedars Nursing Home is a care home providing personal and nursing care to 39 people aged 65 and over at the time of the inspection. The service can support up to 62 people.
People live in three areas of the building, one of which specialises in providing care to people living with dementia.
People’s experience of using this service and what we found
People were safeguarded from the risk of abuse and received safe care and treatment. There were enough staff to meet people’s needs. Risk assessments and care plans were thorough and up to date and provided staff with enough detail to support people safely.
Medicines were managed safely and staff worked with health and social care professionals to help people maintain their health and well-being. The environment was clean and good infection control procedures were followed.
There were systems in place for communicating with people, their relatives and staff to ensure they were fully involved. This included one to one meetings, handovers and team meetings.
All essential visitors had to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Additional cleaning of all areas and frequent touch surfaces was in place and being carried out and recorded regularly by staff.
Quality assurance processes were in place to monitor the service. Staff and relatives told us that the registered manager was approachable, and staff were confident that action would be taken if they raised concerns.
For more details, please see the full report which is on the CQC website at www.cqc.org.uk
Rating at last inspection
The last rating for this service was good (published 6 April 2020).
Why we inspected
We received concerns in relation to staffing levels and the management of pressure sores. As a result, we undertook a focused inspection to review the key questions of safe and well-led only.
We reviewed the information we held about the service. No areas of concern were identified in the other key questions. We therefore did not inspect them. Ratings from previous comprehensive inspections for those key questions were used in calculating the overall rating at this inspection.
We found no evidence during this inspection that people were at risk of harm from these concerns. Please see the safe and well-led sections of this full report.
We looked at infection prevention and control measures under the safe key question. We look at this in all care home inspections even if no concerns or risks have been identified. This is to provide assurance that the service can respond to COVID-19 and other infection outbreaks effectively.
The overall rating for the service hasn’t changed from good. This is based on the findings at this inspection.
You can read the report from our last comprehensive inspection, by selecting the ‘all reports’ link for The Cedars Nursing Home on our website at www.cqc.org.uk.
We will continue to monitor information we receive about the service until we return to visit as per our re-inspection programme. If we receive any concerning information we may inspect sooner.