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Inspection carried out on 4 December 2018

During a routine inspection

At our last inspection we rated the service good. At this inspection we found the evidence continued to support the rating of good in four of the five domains and there was no evidence or information from our inspection and ongoing monitoring that demonstrated serious risks or concerns. This inspection report is written in a shorter format for those domains because our overall rating of the service has not changed since our last inspection.

This inspection took place on 04 December 2018 and was unannounced. At our previous inspection in August 2016 we rated the service as Good.

Eastcroft Nursing Home 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. The service can accommodate up to 21 older people. At the time of our inspection there were 18 people using the service the majority of whom were living with dementia.

The house people lived in had a homely feel, however certain aspects of the environment were required to better meet the needs of people living with dementia. Carpets in a number of the communal areas had a complex pattern. This can cause confusing or disorientation to people, as they can perceive the floor to not be flat. The registered manager said they were in the process of reviewing the flooring across the home as part of ongoing home improvements.

People told us they felt safe living at Eastcroft Nursing Home. Hazards to people’s health and safety had been identified, and management plans produced to reduce the risk of harm. Staff understood their responsibilities around identifying and reporting suspected abuse. There was an ongoing safeguarding review taking place at the time of our inspection.

People’s support needs were regularly reviewed to identify the safe levels of staff needed to meet those needs. Robust recruitment processes ensured that before new staff worked at the home, they were safe and suitable to do so.

Staff ensured that people received their medicines as prescribed, or when they needed them. Only those staff that were trained and competent were able to manage and give people their medicines.

People lived in a clean home. Infection control processes meant that the environment and equipment were routinely cleaned to keep people safe from the spread of infections. Staff followed good infection control practices, such as using gloves and aprons when handling food, and were seen to regularly wash their hands.

The staff team kept people safe by reviewing accidents and incidents and taking action to prevent reoccurrences.

A comprehensive assessment of people’s needs was completed before they moved into the home. This ensured the staff had the skills suitable to meet those needs . Staff received training and supervision to keep them up to date with best practice. Nursing staff were supported to maintain their registration, and take part in additional training as necessary.

People had enough to eat and drink. We had positive feedback about the choice and quality of food that people ate.

There were good links with the local health care services, so people had access to GP’s and other health care professionals when needed. Peoples health was seen to improve due to the care and support they received

People’s rights under the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) were met. If a person could not make a specific decision for themselves people who had legal authority to make decisions for them where involved.

People were supported by staff that were caring, and respected their privacy and dignity. They felt involved in decisions on their day to day care, and staff knew the people they supported as individuals. People’s faiths, culture and lifestyles were respected.

Care plans had a good level of detail to enable staff to give a responsive level of care. These wer

Inspection carried out on 28 April 2016

During a routine inspection

This unannounced inspection was carried out on 28 April 2016. Eastcroft Nursing Home provides nursing care for people who are elderly and living with dementia. It is registered to accommodate up to 21 people. On the day of our inspection 19 people lived at the service. The accommodation is arranged over two floors. There was a dining room and two lounge areas provided for people. A passenger lift provided access to the first floor.

There was a registered manager in place who was present on the day of the inspection. They were also registered with CQC as the provider. 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.

There were enough staff employed in the service to meet people’s needs. People said staff were attentive and they did not have to wait for attention.

People’s medicines were administered and stored safely. Risks had been assessed and managed appropriately to keep people safe which included the environment. The risk assessments for people were detailed and informative and included measures that had been introduced to reduce the risk of harm.

In the event of an emergency, such as the building being flooded or a fire, there was a service contingency plan which detailed what staff needed to do to protect people and make them safe.

Accidents and incidents were recorded appropriately and evaluated to prevent or minimise reoccurrence.

Staff had knowledge of safeguarding adult’s procedures and what to do if they suspected any type of abuse. Staff had undergone recruitment checks before they started work.

People’s rights were protected under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA), and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). These safeguards protect the rights of people by ensuring that people were consenting to their care. This also ensured that those who were unable to consent and where restrictions to their freedom and liberty had been undertaken, these had been authorised by the local authority.

People received care from staff who had received appropriate training to meet people’s needs. The provider ensured all staff were kept up to date with the mandatory training including moving and handling and health and safety. Staff did provide good care to people on the day of the inspection.

Staff were supported in their work and said that they had regular supervision with their manager. There were opportunities for staff and their manager to discuss their performance.

Nutritional assessments were carried out when people moved into the home which identified if people had specialist dietary needs. People had access to a range of health care professionals, such as the GP, dietician and chiropodist.

Staff at the service were caring and supportive and treated people with dignity and respect. We saw that care plans were person centred and had involved people whenever possible. Staff knew and understood what was important to the person.

People were supported by staff that were given appropriate information to enable them to respond to people effectively. Where it had been identified that a person’s needs had changed staff were providing the most up to date care.

People were able to take part in activities which they enjoyed. People and relatives told us that they knew what to do if they were unhappy about something. There was a complaints procedure in place for people and relatives to access if they needed to. We saw that complaints were investigated appropriately.

Staff said that they felt supported, valued and listened to. Systems were in place to monitor the quality of the service that people received. This included audits and surveys.

Services that provide health and social care to people are required to inform the

Inspection carried out on 5 June 2014

During a routine inspection

During our inspection we set out to answer our five questions; Is the service safe?, Is the service effective?, Is the service caring?, Is the service responsive?, Is the service well led?

Below is a summary of what we found. The summary is based on our observations during our visit, discussions with people who used the service, their relatives, the staff supporting them and looking at records.

Is the service safe?

A relative of a person who used the service told us they felt the home was a safe place and felt confident that their family member received good care safely. They said they could talk to the provider if they felt unhappy regarding anything about the service. Safeguarding procedures were in place and staff understood their role and responsibility in safeguarding the people they cared for. We saw safe manual handling procedures being undertaken and saw no negative practices during our visit. We saw staff were recruited according to the home's recruitment policy and had all the required security checks in place. This ensures the welfare of the people they were supporting.

The service was clean and safe and provided people with safe access to all areas of the home.

Is the service effective?

People's health care needs were assessed with them whenever possible and written in a care pan. Arrangements were in place for people to see their GP when necessary to monitor their individual health care needs. People also had effective support to manage their dementia needs. Other support for example the chiropodist, dentist, optician, dietician and a Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN) or clinician was provided on a regular basis and records were maintained in people's care plan.

Is the service caring?

People who used the service told us the staff were very caring and always treated them well. We saw the staff on duty were kind and caring and spoke with people who used the service in a polite and respectful manner. We were told by a relative of a person who used the service that they were so pleased they chose the home for their family member as it was a kind and caring home. We saw people were supported to eat their meals by staff who provided sensitive support for people who required this. We also saw staff took the time to enable people to be as independent as possible.

Is the service responsive?

The service was responsive to the needs of people who used the service. For example when a risk had been identified the provider responded with an action plan to minimise the risk but allow the individual to be as independent as possible. This included the management of falls. We saw the a sensory mat was provided for a person whose mobility needs changed and this was provided to alert staff of any unpredictable movements during the night.

The service also provided a sensory garden for people who used the service to enjoy following a suggestion at a home meeting.

Is the service well led?

The home is well managed by the provider who is also the registered manager. They have the support if a deputy manager/administrator and well established staff team who have a good understanding of the needs of the people who used the service.

There was a good auditing system in place for the monitoring of service provision and to recognise improvement when required. There were regular health and safety audits undertaken to ensure the health and welfare of people who used the service and to promote a safe working environment.

Complaints and accidents were monitored and the provider discussed the management of these in order to reduce the reoccurrence of these.

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Inspection carried out on 25 July 2013

During a routine inspection

People's needs were assessed and care and treatment was planned and delivered according to people's individual care plans.

We were told that people had the opportunity to visit the home before they chose to live there or a representative could do this on their behalf. We met relatives of prospective service users viewing the home and they commented that they had read our (CQC) most recent report on line.

Some people who used the home told us they liked living in the home. One person who used the service said that they liked to go into town for coffee with the staff.

The home was clean and hygienic and staff were aware of their responsibilities regarding infection control. People told us that they liked their bedrooms and that they were very comfortable.

Staff told us that they liked working in the home. They said they had received the training and supervision necessary to undertake their roles.

We looked at the providers quality assurance systems and found a range of monitoring processes in place to monitor the quality of the service provided.

During a check to make sure that the improvements required had been made

Medication consent forms were seen during our visit on 31/08/2012 and referenced in outcome 9 when we looked at medication administration arrangements.

The provider was compliant following our visit.

Inspection carried out on 31 August 2012

During a routine inspection

People told us that they were happy living at Eastcroft.

One person told us that they were comfortable and that they liked their room.

One person told us that their family helped them make the choice about moving into the home.

A relative told us that the home provided emergency respite care and was grateful for this.

There was good feedback regarding the food. People told us that they enjoyed their meals and could choose an alternative meal if they wished.

People felt that there was sufficient staff employed in the home to meet their needs. We were told that the staff were kind and caring and always provided assistance when they required it.

Inspection carried out on 1 June 2011

During a routine inspection

All the people we spoke to said the food was good. They said they liked the cook, and that they could have something else if they didn�t like what was on the menu.

People spoke about how they liked the home and their rooms, and that they were involved in choosing activities.

People told us that they felt safe at the home, they were treated well, their concerns were listened to and that they had no complaints but knew how to make one if they did.