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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 11 September 2013
Date of Publication: 14 December 2013
Inspection Report published 14 December 2013 PDF


Inspection carried out on 11 September 2013

During an inspection in response to concerns

We visited Beach House due to concerns that had been raised about the service and in particular with regard to an activity that one of the people who lived at the service had been facilitated to be involved in.

Prior to the visit we contacted other agencies including environmental health, social services and the police regarding the activity that had been reported to us. We were concerned that the activity was not appropriate for this service and that people were at risk of acquiring an infection should it continue. We made an unannounced visit to the service to check that this activity had ceased; which it had six days prior to our visit. People told us that there had been a bad smell for a few days when the activity was being carried out but that it had gone since the activity had ceased. One person told us �That smell has gone, it was bad.�

People had their needs assessed and risks were identified in most cases. However we found that risks relating to an activity had not been identified, assessed and managed to an appropriate standard to ensure the health, safety and welfare of people staff and visitors.

We found that laundry was being separated appropriately and that special waste was being handled, segregated, stored and disposed of suitably.

Concerns had been raised with regard to people not having curtains up in their bedroom and that lights did not work in some of the bedrooms. We found that the curtains were being replaced at the time of our visit and that the lights worked in the rooms that we checked, with the exception of one of the lights in an upstairs bathroom that was not working, this had been reported for replacement.

We saw that the systems that were in place to assess and monitor the service had not been used effectively to ensure people�s welfare and safety and that decisions about people�s care in regard to the activity had not been made by appropriate staff.