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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 28 February 2017

The inspection took place on 20 January 2017. Cheriton Home Care provides a live-in care service to people in their own homes. At the time of the inspection four people were receiving a service. This was the first inspection since the service was registered with CQC. The provider was also the registered manager. 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.

The people who used the service were either unable to talk to us or preferred not to speak to an inspector however we did ask their relatives or legal representatives for their opinions on the care provided. People were said to be very happy with the service and their relatives or representatives told us that the service made them feel safe.

Staff had a firm understanding of how to keep people safe and there were appropriate arrangements in place to manage risks. There were enough staff employed to care for people safely and the provider had robust recruitment procedures to ensure that staff were suitable to work with people. People were supported to receive their medicines safely in line with current regulations and guidance.

Staff told us they had received training and were confident to meet people’s needs. Staff were happy with the level of support they received and told us that communication with senior staff was good. One care worker said, “Providing live-in care is different to what I have done before. It can be challenging but I have access to support all the time.” People’s relatives and representatives told us that they had confidence in the staff. One relative said, “I have absolute trust in them.” Staff had a firm understanding of the responsibilities with regard to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA). Records confirmed that where people lacked capacity to make specific decisions the service was guided by the principles of the MCA to ensure any decisions were made in the person’s best interests.

People were supported to have enough to eat and drink. Care plans guided staff in offering people choices and risks of dehydration or malnutrition were assessed and monitored. Staff were proactive in supporting people to have access to health care services when they needed them. One relative said, “My relation finds dealing with medical practitioners difficult and the care worker has liaised with them wonderfully.” Staff told us they knew people well and recognised if they were unwell.

Staff told us they had developed positive relationships with the people they were caring for. One care worker said, “I have had to take things slowly and we have developed trust over time.” People’s relatives and representatives spoke highly of the caring nature of the staff. Their comments included, “The care had been exceptional,” and “They are incredibly kind and always cheerful.” Staff had a firm understanding of how to protect people’s privacy and maintain their dignity. People were involved in planning their care. A relative said, “They met with my relation and discussed their needs and expectations and asked what they required.”

Care plans were personalised and detailed. They guided staff in how people wanted their care to be provided. Staff were responsive to changes in people’s needs. A health care professional told us, “It is a very person-centred service.” Staff were able to support people to maintain relationships and to follow interests, for example by accompanying people on outings. One care worker told us, “It’s important to keep them occupied with interests that stimulate them.”

The provider had a complaints system in place but had received no complaints. People’s relatives and representatives told us there was regular contact with the provider and they confirmed that any issu

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 28 February 2017

The service was safe.

People were supported by staff who understood how to keep them safe.

Risks were identified, assessed and managed effectively.

There were robust recruitment procedures in place and there were enough staff to provide care safely.

Effective

Good

Updated 28 February 2017

The service was effective.

Staff had received the induction, training and support they needed to carry out their roles effectively.

People were supported to have enough to eat and drink and to access health care services when they needed to.

Staff were knowledgeable and acted in line with the principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. This ensured that people's rights were protected in relation to making decisions about their care and treatment.

Caring

Good

Updated 28 February 2017

The staff were caring.

Staff were kind, caring and knew people well.

People's privacy and dignity were respected.

People were supported to express their views about their care and support.

Responsive

Good

Updated 28 February 2017

The service was responsive.

People received care that was personalised and reflected their needs and preferences.

People were supported to maintain contacts and to follow their interests.

People knew how to make a complaint and were confident that any concerns would be addressed.

Well-led

Good

Updated 28 February 2017

The service was well-led.

There were systems in place to monitor service provision and record keeping.

There was clear leadership and staff understood their roles and responsibilities.

There was open communication within the staff team and staff felt comfortable and supported in discussing any concerns.