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Ashbourne Lodge

Overall: Outstanding read more about inspection ratings

Derby Road, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1BH (01335) 301400

Provided and run by:
James Hudson(Builders)Limited

All Inspections

6 July 2023

During a monthly review of our data

We carried out a review of the data available to us about Ashbourne Lodge on 6 July 2023. We have not found evidence that we need to carry out an inspection or reassess our rating at this stage.

This could change at any time if we receive new information. We will continue to monitor data about this service.

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13 January 2022

During an inspection looking at part of the service

Ashbourne Lodge is a is a residential care home providing personal and nursing care to 48 people at the time of the inspection. The service can support up to 57 people.

We found the following examples of good practice.

¿ The service had clear visiting protocols in place with robust infection, control and prevention procedures that all visitors were required to follow. This included guidance upon arrival relating to personal, protective equipment (PPE), COVID-19 testing and a health screening questionnaire.

¿ The service had identified innovative ways of supporting people living with Dementia to regularly wash their hands and stay safe. For example, people who used therapy dolls were supported to wash their doll regularly. The provider had also created accessible information about the pandemic which people had read and discussed at the service’s book club.

¿ The service was regularly cleaned throughout the day. There was cleaning schedules which staff followed, this included regular cleaning of high touch areas.

¿ People had individualised plans of care and risk assessments which detailed their choices about receiving visitors and going out during the pandemic. The service had worked with people and visitors to ensure people’s choices and preferences were met safely.

¿ Staff received training in relation to infection prevention and control. Staff told us how they managed risks in relation to COVID-19 such as how they took part in regular testing, we observed staff to be wearing the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) throughout our inspection.

4 November 2019

During a routine inspection

About the service

Ashbourne Lodge is a nursing home providing personal and nursing care to 50 older people at the time of the inspection. The service can support up to 54 people.

The home is in the town of Ashbourne and the home is one building with bedrooms on the ground and first floor. All shared accommodation, including lounges, a bar, cinema room and reminiscence room is on the ground floor. There is a ballroom people can use on the first floor.

People’s experience of using this service and what we found

People and their relatives felt they received exceptional care and staff were extremely caring. Feedback regarding the care provided was overwhelmingly positive and staff went the extra mile to ensure people felt valued. Staff knew people very well and care was organised to ensure people had a purpose and had meaningful activities to participate in. The staff were thoughtful and empowered people to take control of their life and retain their independence. People’s care was regularly reviewed and the care was flexible and staff responded to changes to ensure people remained well supported and were happy.

Positive and caring relationships had been developed, and people was supported with dignity and respect. People had opportunities to meet with children and local residents who visited the home and shared time with them. The staff were committed to caring for people with dementia as well as supporting family members and being part of their local community.

People were supported to make decisions about their care and family and friends could provide support and advice. People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible and in their best interests; the policies and systems in the service supported this practice. People felt safe and risk management plans were in place to help keep them from harm. People were not restricted from perceived risk and able to continue to do what they enjoyed. The staff were proud of the service they provided and committed to delivering a personalised service.

The staff were passionate about providing exceptional individualised care for people living with dementia. The provider had invested heavily in training to ensure the entire staff team understood how to provide people’s care. All the staff were motivated and were encouraged to develop their skills and knowledge and were passionate about delivering people’s care.

There was an open and supportive culture, which focused on delivering the best possible service for people. People were encouraged to comment on the quality of the service and their feedback was used to develop and enhance the service provided. The staff worked in partnership with health and social care professionals to ensure their care was well organised and exceeded their expectations. Where people were nearing the end of their life, they could share how they wanted to be supported and this was respected to ensure they could end their life without pain and with dignity.

For more details, please see the full report which is on the CQC website at www.cqc.org.uk

Rating at last inspection

The last rating for this service was Good. (Published 27 April 2017)

13 February 2017

During a routine inspection

We inspected Ashbourne Lodge on 13 February 2017. This was an unannounced inspection. The service is registered to provide accommodation and nursing care for up to 54 older people, with a range of medical and age related conditions, including arthritis, frailty, mobility issues, diabetes and dementia. On the day of our inspection there were 51 people living in the care home, including one person who was in hospital.

At our last inspection on 18 March 2015 the service was found to be fully compliant and was rated good in all areas and overall.

A registered manager was in post and present on the day of the inspection. 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 policies and procedures in place to assist staff on how keep people safe. There were sufficient staff on duty to meet people’s needs; Staff told us they had completed training in safe working practices. We saw people were supported with patience, consideration and kindness and their privacy and dignity was respected.

People received care and support from staff who were appropriately trained and confident to meet their individual needs and they were able to access health, social and medical care, as required. There were opportunities for additional training specific to the needs of the service, such as diabetes management and the care of people with dementia. Staff received one-to-one supervision meetings with their line manager. Formal personal development plans, such as annual appraisals, were in place.

People’s needs were assessed and their care plans provided staff with clear guidance about how they wanted their individual needs met. Care plans were person centred and contained appropriate risk assessments. They were regularly reviewed and amended as necessary to ensure they reflected people’s changing support needs.

Thorough recruitment procedures were followed and appropriate pre-employment checks had been made including evidence of identity and satisfactory written references. Appropriate checks were also undertaken to ensure new staff were safe to work within the care sector.

Medicines were managed safely in accordance with current regulations and guidance by staff who had received appropriate training to help ensure safe practice. There were systems in place to ensure that medicines had been stored, administered, audited and reviewed appropriately.

People were being supported to make decisions in their best interests. The registered manager and staff had received training in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).

People were provided with appropriate food and drink to meet their health needs and were happy with the food they received. People’s nutritional needs were assessed and records were accurately maintained to ensure people were protected from risks associated with eating and drinking. Where risks to people had been identified, these had been appropriately monitored and referrals made to relevant professionals, where necessary.

The premises were well maintained and offered a pleasant environment for the people living there. The accommodation was spacious and provided a range of communal areas for sitting and relaxing, including several comfortable lounges, a reminiscence room, a bar (with snug) and a home cinema. Following consultation with people who used the service, a fully accessible sensory garden had recently been completed, which included raised flower and vegetable beds.

There were quality assurance audits and a formal complaints process in place. People were encouraged and supported to express their views about their care and staff were responsive to their comments. Satisfaction questionnaires were used to obtain the views of people who lived in the home, their relatives and other stakeholders.

18 May 2015

During a routine inspection

An unannounced inspection took place on 18 May 2015. There had not been a previous inspection as the home was first registered in August 2014.

Ashbourne Lodge provides care and support for up to fifty four people who require a range of needs, including nursing care. All rooms have en suites containing toilets and wash basins. People have access to a resident’s pub, cinema room, reminiscence room and sensory gardens.

There was a registered manager in post. 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.

People and their relatives were satisfied with the care and support that was provided and felt that their needs were met. We saw that people were treated with dignity and respect and treated as individuals. People were well supported by staff who understood their individual needs and we saw that people were involved in the planning and delivery of their care. They were also supported to take part in activities that interested them.

Staff were aware of how to protect people from avoidable harm and of safeguarding procedures to ensure that any allegations of abuse were reported and referred to the appropriate authority.

Staff had a good understanding of people’s needs and had taken the time to form positive and caring relationships with those living in the home. Staff received training to help them provide effective care to people and were positive about their role and the organisation.

Medicines were stored safely though there were some out of date medicines that should have been returned to the pharmacist.

People received the care and support they required and their health needs were monitored and responded to. Assessments and care plans were in place to manage risks to people and provide guidance for staff to follow.

There were sufficient staffing levels to ensure the welfare and safety of people. People were responded to promptly and effectively by the staff team.

People’s nutritional and dietary requirements had been assessed and a nutritionally balanced diet was provided.

Requirements of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and Deprivations of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) were known and understood.

The home was well maintained and offered a pleasant environment for the people living there. The accommodation was spacious and offered different areas for sitting and relaxing as well as a television lounge. A sensory garden was in the process of being built which the residents had been involved in planning. There was a cinema and films were chosen by the people living in the home.

People were confident about the management of the service and the registered manager was keen to develop and improve the home. There were effective systems in place to assess and monitor the quality of the service. This included gathering the views and opinions of people who used the service and monitoring the quality of the service provided. There was an effective complaints system in place.