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Ashwood Lodge Care Home Good

Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 27 September 2019

About the service

Ashwood Lodge is a residential care home that provides accommodation and personal care for up to 23 people with mental health problems. On the day of our visit there were 19 people using the service.

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

Medicines were administered safely. Medicine records were not always correct; however, this was addressed immediately. People were protected from abuse by staff who understood how to identify and report any concerns. The risks to people’s health, safety and welfare had been assessed, recorded and plans put in place to reduce these. Staffing levels enabled people’s needs to be met safely, and ensured people received consistent and reliable support. The management team sought to learn from any accidents or incidents involving people. Some concerns with infection control were addressed immediately.

Staff were recruited safely and received appropriate training and support to enable them to carry out their role effectively. 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. People were happy with the food provided

Staff were caring and treated people with kindness and respect.

People had clear, detailed and person-centred care plans, which guided staff on the most appropriate way to support them. People were confident to raise any concerns. People enjoyed the activities provided.

There was a clear management structure and staff were supported by the registered manager. Quality assurance systems were completed. The registered manager would benefit from some administrative support.

For more details, please see the full report which is on the CQC website at

Rating at last inspection and update

The last rating for this service was good (published 15 March 2017).

Why we inspected

This was a planned inspection based on the previous rating.

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.

Inspection areas


Requires improvement

Updated 27 September 2019

The service was not always safe.

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Updated 27 September 2019

The service was effective.

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Updated 27 September 2019

The service was caring.

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Updated 27 September 2019

The service was responsive.

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Updated 27 September 2019

The service was well-led.

Details are in our well-Led findings below.