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St Aidan Lodge Residential Care Home Good

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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 30 April 2014
Date of Publication: 27 June 2014
Inspection Report published 27 June 2014 PDF

People should get safe and appropriate care that meets their needs and supports their rights (outcome 4)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Experience effective, safe and appropriate care, treatment and support that meets their needs and protects their rights.

How this check was done

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 30 April 2014, observed how people were being cared for and checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care. We talked with people who use the service, talked with carers and / or family members and talked with staff.

Our judgement

Care and treatment was planned and delivered in a way that was intended to ensure people's safety and welfare.

Reasons for our judgement

Before people went to live in the home a pre-admission assessment was carried out. We saw assessments looked at people’s ability to manage tasks like washing and dressing and the level of assistance they may need as well as people’s ability to communicate and move around independently. These assessments ensured the provider was able to meet people’s needs and assess whether specialist equipment was required.

We looked at the care records of three people in detail. We saw people’s care plans were comprehensive and contained information about all areas of the person’s health and wellbeing. In addition we saw care plans contained information on people’s night preferences, for example when they liked to go to sleep, whether they had bed rails and whether they liked to have the light in the room on. This meant people’s needs and preferences were taken into account when planning their care.

We saw peoples care plans also included risk assessments. These included things like moving and handling and slips and falls. Risk assessments included the activity and the possibility of an injury being incurred. There were also details about how to minimise the risk. Both the care plans and risk assessments were regularly reviewed and changes were made when people’s care needs or preferences changed.

We saw people’s care records also held details of visits to hospitals and appointments with other health professionals. The manager had arranged for regular visits from dentists, chiropodists and opticians as well as community matrons and district nurses. Details of visits from all of these people were recorded in people’s care records. This meant people’s wider health needs were being considered.

We saw the home had an activities co-ordinator who helped people at the home carry out activities that interested them. There were a selection of board games and cards and dominoes available. We saw the home produced a daily newspaper which the activities co-ordinator read and discussed with people who used the service. There was also a daily quiz and sing-a-long and there were opportunities for people to go on outings. In addition people who used the service had access to a learning library, giant noughts and crosses and memory boxes. This meant people were able to do things they enjoyed and helped to maintain their individuality.

During the inspection we saw staff giving people manicures and foot massages. The manager told us a member of staff was allocated each day to carry out these tasks. This helped ensure people’s personal care was complete and encouraged people to continue taking care with their appearance.