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Bradbury House

Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

Wasdale Road, Gosforth, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1AU (019467) 25061

Provided and run by:
Abbeyfield Society (The)

All Inspections

6 July 2023

During a monthly review of our data

We carried out a review of the data available to us about Bradbury House on 6 July 2023. We have not found evidence that we need to carry out an inspection or reassess our rating at this stage.

This could change at any time if we receive new information. We will continue to monitor data about this service.

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22 October 2020

During an inspection looking at part of the service

Bradbury House is a residential care home providing personal and nursing care for up to 21 people aged 65 and over in one adapted building. There were 20 people living at the service when we visited.

We found the following examples of good practice.

¿ The provider had been proactive in identifying the risks from COVID-19. This had included the early introduction of restrictions on visitors to the service. They had also purchased additional personal protective equipment, (PPE), before the national disruption of supplies.

¿ The home had set up an infection control (IPC) station in entrance so all visitors could be monitored and risk assessed. This included a declaration and a digital temperature check.

¿ The registered manager had agreement from the provider to keep a vacancy so they had a spare room for staff to use to change into and out of their uniforms and access to a shower.

¿ The provider had made a nation-wide decision to provide all staff with a hot main meal free of charge to reduce the need for staff to leave the building to get lunch. They were also keen to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of staff. Staff had received a £100 gift voucher and a card from the Chief Executive. This all helped staff to feel valued and supported and staff turnover was very low. The home had no need to use agency staff. This again helped to reduce the risks of the spread of the infection.

¿ The registered manager had followed national guidance on visiting from relatives and others. Contractors who needed to replace a central heating boiler had been given a separate entrance and dedicated toilet facilities.

¿ Regular garden visits had been set up on an appointment system and as the weather deteriorated an unused day centre attached to the home was set up with perspex screens, wipe down furniture and enhanced cleaning to allow visits to continue. For those people who were struggling to use mobile phones the provider was purchasing large TV screens set up on mobile trolleys to take round to people so that they could speak to their relatives. The sound quality and picture was much improved for people with hearing and sight impairments.

Further information is in the detailed findings below.

27 October 2017

During a routine inspection

The inspection took place between 27 October 2017 and 1 November 2017. Our visit to the home on 27 October was unannounced. We arranged to return to the home on 1 November 2017 to look at additional records.

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

Bradbury House is a modern, purpose built home and provides accommodation and personal care for up to 21 people. It is situated in the rural village of Gosforth and is near to all the amenities of the village.

All accommodation is in single, en-suite rooms and the home has a large dining and sitting room and a smaller quiet lounge. The home is owned by the Abbeyfield society, a charity which runs similar homes throughout the country.

At the last inspection of this home in June 2015, the service was rated as good. At this inspection in October and November 2017 we found the service remained good. We judged that the key question, “Is the service responsive” was no longer outstanding. The previous outstanding elements around the provision of activities and care planning were not found at this inspection. Although people told us there were a range of activities provided in the home, some people were not able to enjoy the activities provided due to their health. We also found that, although the care staff knew how to support individuals, the quality of care records varied and some had not been fully completed or reviewed regularly.

Everyone we spoke with told us this was a good home and said people were well cared for. They told us there were enough staff to provide the support people required and the staff treated people in a kind and caring way.

People were safe living in the home. Hazards to people’s safety had been identified and managed. The premises and equipment were checked to ensure they were safe for people to use.

Robust systems were used when new staff were recruited to ensure they were suitable to work in the home.

Medicines were handled safely and people were supported to access appropriate health care services to maintain their health.

The staff were trained to provide people’s support and ensure their safety.

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

Where people were not able to agree to aspects of their own care people who knew them well had been included in making decisions in their best interests. We have made a recommendation about improving best interest decision records.

People were provided with meals and drinks they enjoyed. Their visitors were made welcome in the home and people were able to maintain relationships that were important to them.

The staff knew people well and care was planned and provided to meet people’s needs. However we found some records had not been fully completed and some had not been reviewed in line with the provider’s policy.

The provider had a procedure for responding to complaints. People were confident that any concerns they raised would be looked into and resolved.

The service was well managed. People knew the registered manager and how they could speak to her. People were asked for their views about the service they received. The registered manager set high standards and monitored the service to ensure these were met.

The registered manager was supported by a deputy manager. There were arrangements in place to ensure the effective management of the home.

19th June 2015

During a routine inspection

This was an unannounced inspection that took place on 19th June 2015.

Bradbury House is a modern, purpose built care home for up to nineteen older people. It is situated in the rural village of Gosforth and is near to all the amenities of the village. The home has a well-designed garden and a small car park. The home has its own transport.

All accommodation is in single, ensuite rooms and the home has a large dining and sitting room and a smaller quiet lounge.

The home is owned by the Abbeyfield society, a charity which runs similar homes throughout the country.

The home 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 and associated Regulations about how the service is run.

The registered manager and the staff team understood their responsibilities in safeguarding vulnerable adults. Staff had received training and knew how to make a safeguarding referral.

Accidents and incidents in the home were reported, monitored and suitable changes put into place to lessen risk.

Staffing levels met the needs of the people in the home. The care ratios had been increased to ensure that good levels of care were delivered.

Recruitment and disciplinary procedures were being carried out correctly.

There had been two medication errors and suitable training and checks were in place to lessen the risk of human error. Medicines were in order when we inspected the ordering, administration and disposal of medicines.

The home was clean and orderly with suitable measures in place to prevent cross infection.

We had evidence to show that staff received suitable induction, support and training to develop their skills and knowledge. Staff received supervision and appraisal in a timely fashion.

The staff team understood the legislation around capacity and deprivation of liberty. No one was deprived of their liberty when we inspected. We had evidence to show that people were able to go out when they wished.

There was good quality food provided. People said it was well prepared with lots of choices. They could influence menu planning. Nutritional planning was in place and people were kept well hydrated.

People told us they saw health care professionals when necessary and we saw evidence of regular visits from specialist practitioners.

Bradbury House was a purpose built building and was suitably adapted to meet the needs of older people. The house was well maintained.

We observed staff working with people in a sensitive and polite way that helped to maintain their dignity. People told us they were valued and treated with respect. People had interventions explained to them patiently and appropriately.

We saw evidence to show that people’s privacy was respected. We had a lot of evidence to show that independence was supported.

End of life care was delivered correctly with support from local health care providers. Suitable records were in place about wishes at the end of life.

We saw detailed and up to date assessments and care plans. People told us they were involved in planning their own care.

A wide range of activities and entertainments were on offer. People told us they felt very much part of the life of the local community.

Concerns and complaints were handled appropriately. People told us they felt confident enough to raise any issues with the staff team.

The home had an experienced and suitably qualified manager who imparted the visions and values of the organisation to the staff team. The team worked well with other providers.

Quality monitoring was in place and changes made when people felt that the service needed improvement. Regular internal and external audits were completed.

21 May 2013

During a routine inspection

People in this service told us they were asked formally and informally about consent to care and treatment. The staff team understood their responsibilities under the law.

People in the service told us that they were very satisfied with the way they were cared for and supported.

"I am very happy here and our staff are wonderful. They give us good care."

"I am always asked politely before I am given help."

We checked on the way medicines were managed in the home and we found that there were good systems in place.

People who lived in the home told us that they were happy with their environment. We had evidence to show that the home was secure, clean and well maintained.

The organisation had good systems in place to ensure that high quality standards were maintained. We saw that the team monitored quality, consulted the people in the home and made improvements as necessary.

"I am very comfortable here...a nice bedroom, lovely big lounge, nice garden and views of the fells. What more could I ask for."

The arrangements in place for managing complaints and concerns were in order. People told us:

"Everything here is of a very high standard. I think we get good quality care and services."

17 April 2012

During a routine inspection

We spoke to most of the people who live in Bradbury House and they were extremely positive about the care and services provided:

"It is wonderful here...".

"It couldn't be better...I love it here".

"The staff are really nice...I trust them all".

"The team members are all very efficient...they know their job".

"It is like living in a big family".

"I like my room, the food, the entertainments, days out and the staff are marvelous!".