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Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 14 June 2019

About the service: Abbottswood Lodge is a 'care home' providing residential care to people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions. The service is registered to accommodate up to 22 people, there were 19 people living at the service at the time of the inspection.

The care service has been developed and designed in line with the values that underpin the Registering the Right Support and other best practice guidance. These values include choice, promotion of independence and inclusion. People with learning disabilities and autism using the service can live as ordinary a life as any citizen. Registering the Right Support CQC policy. Details regarding conformity are detailed in the body of the report.

People’s experience of using this service:

People living at Abbottswood Lodge participated in activities and were actively involved in their local community. Staff showed empathy, kindness and compassion. They placed value on their caring roles and involvement in people’s lives. People were offered a choice of meals and staff closely monitored people assessed to be at risk of poor food and fluid intake. The care provided was flexible to meet people’s needs and preferences.

The service was working with people and their families to complete end of life care planning to ensure people received high standards of care and support. People were involved in the planning of their care at that stage of their life. The service had good working relationships with the local GP practice and learning disability healthcare professionals.

The service worked in partnership with people and encouraged feedback on the care provided. We received positive feedback from people about the staff and service received. Staff told us they enjoyed working at Abbottswood Lodge and spoke highly of the support and encouragement provided by the registered manager.

People had their care and support needs met by sufficient numbers of suitably trained staff. The care environment was clean and comfortable throughout, with risk management plans in place. People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible; policies and systems in the service supported this practice.

The service had good governance arrangements in place and completed internal quality checks and audits. Findings from these were regularly reviewed by the registered manager and provider.

Rating at last inspection: Abbottswood Lodge was previously inspected 29 June 2016, rated as Good in all key questions. The report was published 12 October 2016.

Why we inspected: This was a scheduled, comprehensive inspection, completed in line with our inspection schedule for services rated as Good.

Follow up: We will continue to monitor this service and will reinspect in line with our schedule for those services rated as Good.

For more details, please see the full report which is on the CQC website at

Inspection areas



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The service was safe

Details are in our Safe findings below.



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The service was effective

Details are in our Effective findings below.



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The service was caring

Details are in our Caring findings below.



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The service was responsive

Details are in our Responsive findings below.



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The service was well-led

Details are in our Well-Led findings below.