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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 3 March 2021

Charles Lodge is a residential care home that can accommodate and provide personal care and support to 27 people. The service caters for older people who are living with dementia. At the time of our inspection 15 people were living at the care home.

We found the following examples of good practice.

There were suitably robust measures in place to help prevent or minimise the risk of people who lived, worked and visited the care home catching or spreading COVID-19. Access to the care home was restricted for non-essential visitors. All essential visitors to the care home had to pre-arrange the date and time of their visit and on arrival were required to have a COVID-19 test if they had not been tested recently, wash and sanitize their hands and wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The registered manager gave us examples of how the service had ensured a person receiving end of life care had been able to have face-to-face visits with their next of kin during the last days of their life.

Alternative arrangements were also in place to help people maintain relationships with people that were important to them. For example, people were actively supported by staff to keep in touch with people that could not visit the care home in-person via telephone and video calls. In addition, between the various lockdowns, relatives had been allowed socially distanced garden visits or see their family member through a transparent Perspex screen which was being used to partition a ground floor room that visitors could access directly from the outside.

There were suitable arrangements in place to ensure any new admissions to the care home or people returning after an overnight stay in hospital for example, were tested for COVID-19 before being allowed to enter the building and then self-isolate in their bedroom for at least 10 days. Furthermore, people living or working in the care home who tested positive for COVID-19 or showed signs of being symptomatic were also required to self-isolate for a set period.

A ‘whole home testing’ regime was being operated at the service. This ensured people living in the care home and staff working there were routinely tested. The registered manager knew how to apply for COVID-19 home testing kits for everyone living and working in the care home and told us they had no issues with their supply. Most people living and working in the care home had now received a COVID-19 vaccination.

Staff used PPE in accordance with current recognised best infection prevention and control (IPC) practice. All the managers and staff we observed during our inspection were wearing their PPE correctly. Staff had updated their IPC training in the last 12 months, which included the safe donning and doffing (putting on and taking off) of PPE. The service had adequate supplies of PPE, which staff confirmed.

The care home was kept clean. There were detailed records kept of staffs new cleaning schedules, which included a rolling program of continuously cleaning high touch surfaces, such as light switches, grab rails and door handles. The registered manager told us in addition to their two domestic cleaners, the services maintenance person and night staff were now responsible for keeping the care home clean. During our inspection we observed the maintenance person cleaning high touch areas in communal areas. People’s bedrooms and the main communal areas including the lounge, kitchen and laundry room, were all also subject to regular enhanced cleaning.

The provider had thoroughly assessed and mitigated infection risks to everyone living and working in the care home who were deemed to be in high risk groups. For example, people with underlying health care conditions or members of black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups.

The service had not used any temporary agency staff for many years. The registered manager was aware of good practice in relation to staff only working in one care setting currentl

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 3 March 2021

We were assured the service were following safe infection prevention and control procedures to keep people safe.

Effective

Requires improvement

Updated 3 March 2021

Caring

Good

Updated 3 March 2021

Responsive

Good

Updated 3 March 2021

Well-led

Good

Updated 3 March 2021