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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 10 April 2014
Date of Publication: 9 May 2014

People should be cared for in a clean environment and protected from the risk of infection (outcome 8)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Providers of services comply with the requirements of regulation 12, with regard to the Code of Practice for health and adult social care on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance.

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 10 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

People were cared for in a clean, hygienic environment.

Reasons for our judgement

There were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. We saw as part of their daily responsibilities staff were required to complete a schedule of tasks which included cleaning tasks that were required around the home. The deputy manager told us staff had to sign the schedule to confirm tasks had been completed. We observed the service used a colour coded cleaning system. This meant cleaning tools and materials, such as mops, buckets and cloths, were not used in multiple areas in the home. This reduced the risk of cross-infection. Cleaning materials particularly hazardous chemicals were stored in a locked cupboard.

We spoke with a staff member who told us they had received recent training in infection control. They demonstrated good awareness and understanding of the importance of maintaining a good standard of personal hygiene. They told us they made sure they wore appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves and aprons, when carrying out personal care and general cleaning tasks around the home. We noted there were supplies of PPE available and accessible around the home for staff to use.

During our inspection we saw staff carrying out cleaning tasks throughout the home such as the cleaning of communal areas and laundry. We observed communal areas in the home and people’s rooms were generally clean and tidy and free from malodours. We asked a visiting relative for their views about the general cleanliness of the home. They told us the environment was nice and tidy but could benefit from being cleaned every day.