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Crabwall Hall

Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

Parkgate Road, Mollington, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 6NE (01244) 851202

Provided and run by:
Crabwall Claremont Limited

All Inspections

2 June 2023

During an inspection looking at part of the service

About the service

Crabwall Hall is a residential care home providing personal care to up to 38 people. The service provides support to older people accommodated across a two-storey adapted building. At the time of our inspection there were 35 people using the service.

People’s experience of using this service and what we found

People received safe care. People living at Crabwall Hall and their relatives told us that they felt safe living there. The home had processes in place for the identifying, reporting and investigation of potential safeguarding incidents.

Medication systems were safely managed. Risks faced by people from their health conditions and the environment had been reviewed and were up to date. People felt that staff knew their individual preferences.

Staff levels met the needs of people and staff worked to ensure that the needs of people were the focus of their work.

The building was clean and hygienic, and this was confirmed through what people told us as well as our observations.

Robust auditing was in place with a variety of audits being carried out to monitor the quality of care provided at Crabwall Hall.

People told us they knew who the registered manager was and saw them as approachable and providing a well led service. Relatives considered the service to be caring and managed well.

The views of people, their families and staff were taken into account and people felt listened to.

People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible and in their best interests; the policies and systems in the service supported this practice.

For more details, please see the full report which is on the CQC website at www.cqc.org.uk

Why we inspected

This inspection was prompted by a review of the information we held about this service.

You can read the report from our last comprehensive inspection, by selecting the ‘all reports’ link for Crabwall Hall on our website at www.cqc.org.uk.

Follow up.

We will continue to monitor information we receive about the service, which will help inform when we next inspect.

26 January 2021

During an inspection looking at part of the service

Crabwall Hall is a residential care home providing personal care for up to 43 older people. The home accommodates people across a two-storey adapted building. At the time of the inspection 27 people were living at the home.

We found the following examples of good practice.

The provider had developed robust policies and procedures to manage any risks relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. These were clear to follow and regularly updated.

At the time of the inspection, residents were unable to see visitors in person. However, people could keep in touch by telephone and videocalls. The home did have an outdoor visiting room containing protective screens and a hearing loop system to assist those who experienced hearing loss. People we spoke with told us they had been able to use this room to see their loved ones prior to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

People receiving care spoke positively about the care they received and told us they were happy living at Crabwall Hall. One person told us, Care couldn’t be better. Couldn’t get better staff.”

The registered manager had ensured systems were in place to implement regular testing of both staff and residents.

Staff had access to the personal protective equipment (PPE) they needed and there were PPE ‘stations’ situated at regular points around the home. Signage was visible on the bedrooms doors of any resident who had either tested positive for COVID-19. This was helpful in informing staff before entry to ensure the appropriate PPE was being worn and any enhanced procedures were being followed.

5 December 2018

During a routine inspection

The inspection took place on 5 and 6 December 2018 and was unannounced on the first day and announced on the second day.

Crabwall Hall is a ‘care home’. People in care homes receive accommodation and nursing or personal care as a single package under one contractual agreement. CQC regulates both the premises and the care provided, and both were looked at during this inspection.

Crabwall Hall is a two-storey care home in the village of Mollington which is 2 miles from Chester city centre. Accommodation consists of 43 single bedrooms all of which have ensuite facilities. At the time of our inspection there were 39 people living at the home.

The home had a registered manager in post. A registered manager is a person who is registered with the Care Quality Commission to manage the service. Like registered providers, they are ‘registered persons’. Registered persons have a legal responsibility for meeting the requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated Regulations about how the service is run.

At the last inspection the home was rated good. At this inspection we found the home remained good. The home is rated good as it met all the requirements of the fundamental standards.

Safe and robust recruitment procedures were in place and sufficient staff are employed to meet people’s assessed needs. All staff had completed an induction and had undertaken training to meet the requirements of their role. Staff had regular supervision and attended staff meetings.

The registered provider had safeguarding policies and procedures in place that staff fully understood. Staff had received training and were able to describe what abuse may look like and actions they would take if they had any concerns.

People’s needs were assessed before they moved into the home and this information was used to develop person specific risk assessments and care plans. These documents were reviewed regularly and updated when changes occurred. People were offered choice and their independence was promoted where possible.

People’s needs that related to age, disability, religion or other protected characteristics were considered throughout the assessment stage and care planning development.

Medicines were ordered, stored, administered and disposed of in accordance with best practice guidelines. Staff that administered medicines had all received training and had their competency regularly assessed. The registered provider had medicines policies and procedures in place that offered up-to-date guidance to staff. Medicine administration records (MARs) were fully completed and regularly audited for accuracy.

People were supported by staff with their food and drink needs. When people had been identified as having specific assessed dietary needs staff had guidance available to them to support this. People spoke positively about the food and drink at the home.

We observed people being treated with dignity and respect. Positive interactions between people and staff were observed throughout our visit. Staff were caring and demonstrated kindness to the people they supported.

Activities were available for people to participate in if they chose to and they told us they enjoyed these.

Governance systems were in place and included regular audits of key areas across the home. The information from the audits was analysed to identify areas for development and improvement and these areas were actioned in a timely manner. Accidents and incidents were analysed to identify trends and patterns within the home. Health and safety checks, equipment testing and servicing and fire checks were regularly undertaken.

The Care Quality Commission as required by law to monitor the operation of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 and report on what we find. We saw that the registered provider had guidance available for staff in relation to the MCA. Staff had undertaken basic training and demonstrated an understanding of this. The registered provider had made appropriate applications for the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). Care records reviewed included mental capacity assessments and best interest meetings.

A complaints procedure was in place and people and their relatives told us they knew how to raise a concern or complaint.

The registered provider had up to date policies and procedures in place that offered guidance to staff within their role and employment.

The registered provider had displayed their ratings from the previous inspection in line with the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014.

18 February 2016

During a routine inspection

This was an unannounced inspection carried out on the 18 February 2016.

Crabwall Hall is a two-storey care home situated in the village of Mollington, approximately 2 miles from Chester city centre. People are accommodated on both floors and access between floors is via the lift or the stairs. Accommodation consists of 43 single bedrooms all of which have en-suite facilities. There are two large lounges and a lounge/dining room on the ground floor and a library/study on the first floor. There is also a hair salon. At the time of our visit there were 39 people living at the service.

The service has 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 last inspected the service in January 2014 and the registered provider met all the regulations we reviewed.

Staff understood what was meant by abuse and they were aware of the different types of abuse. Staff knew the process for reporting any concerns they had and for ensuring people were protected from abuse. Family members told us that they felt reassured by staff and that their loved ones were safe living at the service.

Staff morale was very good and there was a happy and relaxed atmosphere throughout the service. Staff treated people with kindness and respect and they were caring in their approach. Staff were aware of the importance to respect people’s privacy and dignity and to encourage people to maintain their independence. Family members and visitors had no concerns about the care their relatives received. They said they had always been made to feel welcome when visiting.

People’s needs were assessed and planned for and staff had personalised information about how best to meet people’s needs. People’s wishes, preferences and beliefs were reflected in their care plans. Care plans were person centred and detailed people’s needs. They were reviewed on a regular basis with the person or other important people such as family members. Staff worked well with external health and social care professionals to make sure people received the care and support they needed. People were referred onto the appropriate service when concerns about their health or wellbeing were noted.

The registered provider ensured that robust recruitment processes were followed. There was sufficient qualified, skilled and experienced staff to meet people’s needs.

Staff received support through supervision and team meetings with the management team. This enabled them to discuss any matters, such as their work, training needs or areas of development. All new staff completed an in depth induction programme which consisted of e- learning, face to face training and mentoring with an experienced colleague. There was a continued programme of planned training which ensured that staff gained the skills and knowledge relevant to their work and to meet the needs of the people who used the service.

Policies and procedures were in place to guide staff in relation to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). The registered manager and staff had a good knowledge and understanding of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and of their role and responsibility linked to this. Staff understood the key principles of the MCA 2005.

Medication was well managed at the service. People received their medication as prescribed and staff had completed competency training in the administration and management of medication. Medication administration records (MARs) were appropriately signed and coded for people’s prescribed medication.

The service was managed by a person described as friendly and approachable. Systems were in place to monitor the quality of the service and to seek people's views about the service. People gave feedback about the service they received, via questionnaires and at ‘resident's meetings’. People and their family members felt that the quality of service was good. Records were regularly completed in line with the registered provider’s timescales and CQC were notified as required about incidents and events which had occurred at the service.

The service was accessible, clean, safe and free from unpleasant odours and staff were able to describe their responsibilities for ensuring people were protected against any environmental hazards. Fire safety was well managed and all relevant Health and Safety checks were appropriately completed by a competent person.

11 January 2014

During a routine inspection

We looked at four care plans, all of which contained a range of risk assessments, for example, falls, mobility, nutrition and communication. All care plans and risk assessments were reviewed on a monthly basis. People's needs were assessed and care and treatment was planned and delivered in line with their individual care plan.

Staff were witnessed as being kind and promoting people's independence. We spoke to seven people who used this service and two relatives. We asked them about the care staff; some of the comments made were that they were 'excellent', 'very obliging' and 'very kind'.

All seven people we spoke to said the food was 'excellent'.

Staff told us how they disposed of medication, which was to have one staff and the pharmacist sign and count medication, store it separately and return it to pharmacy. All medication was stored in a locked trolley, which was secured to the wall. We saw and were told the keys were kept with the senior care assistant at all times.

When speaking to staff all five said they needed one extra carer in the morning. We were told by staff that people using the service were not sometimes able to get up until 11 o'clock in the morning when they had requested to get up at 9 o'clock. We were told this was a regular occurrence. Staff told us this was because the dependency level of people using the service had increased significantly in the past three months. Despite the comments made by the staff it was evidenced in a dependency assessment that the home had the required levels of staffing.

13 February 2013

During a routine inspection

We found that people's privacy, dignity and independence were respected. People's views and experiences were taken into account in the way the service was provided and delivered in relation to their care. One person who uses the service said, "I wouldn't be living here if I wasn't happy. The staff are excellent. The food is very good. It's very well run. "

People experienced care, treatment and support that met their needs and protected their rights. Everyone we spoke with liked living there. One person who uses the service said, "The care is very good. The staff are helpful. No one has any complaints."

People who use the service were protected from the risk of abuse, because the provider had taken reasonable steps to identify the possibility of abuse and prevent abuse from happening.

Staff received appropriate professional development and were able, from time to time, to obtain further relevant qualifications. One member of staff said, "The training is really good. I do feel supported."

We found that the provider had an effective system to regularly assess and monitor the quality of service that people receive. The provider had an effective system in place to identify, assess and manage risks to the health, safety and welfare of people who use the service and others. One family member said, "The care is excellent. They always keep us informed. They certainly respect her. The staff are incredibly friendly and cheerful. I would recommend it to anyone"

7 February 2012

During a routine inspection

We spoke with six people who were living in the home. All said they had been asked what their needs were before admission and the registered manager had discussed with them the care the home could provide. They told us staff always consulted them about their individual needs and involved them in decisions about their care and treatment.

They also told us there was a wide range of activities they could participate in. One person said 'There's something on every day except Sunday and it's up to you whether you join in or not'. Another said 'You get entertainment in the afternoons, there are various things to keep us busy'.

People said they could do as they pleased and that there were no restrictions. One person told us they regularly went out with family and friends.

All the people we spoke with said they received the help they needed. Comments included "I've been here for many years and have never had

any complaints about the care. It couldn't be any better'; "I like it here very much, it's a good place to be'; 'I'm lucky to be here'; 'It's brilliant'.

People we spoke with told us that they felt safe and well cared for in the home. We asked them if they would know how to raise a concern about something that was worrying them. They expressed confidence that if

they had a problem they would be able to discuss it with the registered manager and that it would be taken seriously.

All the people we spoke with said the staff treated them well and that there were enough staff to support them to fulfil their needs. Comments included "staff on the whole are very good, they come straight away when you call for them"; 'the staff are kind and really take an interest in you'; 'the girls are very good, always smiling and never a cross word from any of them'; 'the carers are much better than another home I was in, they have much more time for you".

People said they were kept informed and consulted about things going on in the home and that they were sometimes asked to complete customer satisfaction surveys, but said they didn't receive any feedback on the surveys.

The local authority told us they had carried out a review in October 2011 and had no concerns about the care provided. They said it was a well managed home with plenty of planned activities.