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Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 16 April 2020

About the service

Oakdown House is a residential home providing accommodation and personal care for up to 45 people. People were living with a range of learning disabilities and health issues for example, diabetes and epilepsy. The service provides living accommodation in four buildings on the same site. At the time of the inspection there were 43 people living at the home who ranged in age from 19 to 83.

The service had been developed and designed in line with most of the principles and values that underpin Registering the Right Support and other best practice guidance. This ensures that people who use the service can live as full a life as possible and achieve the best possible outcomes. The principles reflect the need for people with learning disabilities and/or autism to live meaningful lives that include control, choice and independence. People using the service receive planned and co-ordinated person-centred support that is appropriate and inclusive for them.

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

The outcomes for people using the service reflected the principles and values of Registering the Right support by promoting choice and control, independence and inclusion. People’s support focussed on them having as many opportunities as possible for them to gain new skills and become more independent.

People were mostly unable to tell us whether they felt safe but we observed people and staff together and saw that people were cared for and looked after well. Staff knew and understood safeguarding and were able to tell us what they would do in various circumstances. Relatives and professionals told us the service was safe. We saw multiple risk assessments within care plans that were bespoke to people’s needs. Staff were recruited safely and there were enough on duty throughout the day and night to look after people. Medicines were stored and given safely.

New staff were provided with a comprehensive induction and ongoing support was maintained through regular supervisions and appraisals. Staff training was up to date and regular refreshers were in place and staff could chose to attend course relevant to their work. People had access to health and social care professionals and were supported to attend appointments off site. People were encouraged to be involved in food preparation and were provided with a nutritious and varied diet. Some people lived with diabetes and others required puree meals, these were prepared and provided freshly each day. Mental capacity assessments and best interest meetings had taken place when there was a recognised need. Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards were in place. 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 treated with respect and dignity. A relative said, “It’s a beautiful home. The best thing is the love they give, there is a culture of supporting each other.” Equality and diversity needs were respected and promoted. People’s privacy was respected but safety never compromised. Everyone living at the home was encouraged to be as independent as possible, in all aspects of their lives.

We saw numerous interactions between staff and people and in every case, it was clear that staff knew people well. Person centred care was documented and practiced. A range of activities were provided seven days a week. We saw small group activities and people being given one to one support. Most people were able to go out on short trips to local shops, recreational facilities and places of worship if they chose to. A complaints policy was in place and we saw that complaints had been correctly recorded and managed in a timely and appropriate way. End of life training took place and staff knew the important aspects of care at these times.

The registered manager was well thought of by everyo

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The service was safe.

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The service was effective.

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The service was caring.

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The service was responsive.

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The service was well-led.

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