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Inspection carried out on 16 June 2016

During a routine inspection

We carried out an unannounced inspection of Garswood House on 16 June 2016.

The last inspection had been carried out on the 10 September 2014 and we did not identify any concerns with the care provided to people living at the home.

Garswood House is a large purpose built home on the outskirts of Ashton in Makerfield and is part of the Croftwood Care Group of homes. It is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to provide care and support for up to 40 older people. Services include a 10 bed specialist household for older people with dementia and a 30 bed residential unit. Day care and respite are also provided.

The home has three lounges, three smaller quiet sitting areas, a large sun terrace and a large dining room which is also used for various functions.

The home had a 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. On the day of the inspection the registered manager was on duty and the area manager was also present for some of the time.

Overall we found the home to be clean and tidy, although it was in need of some re-decoration. Both the registered manager and area manager were in agreement with this and plans were in place to carry out this work.

All the people we spoke to told us they felt safe, as did relatives we spoke with. We saw that the home had appropriate safeguarding policies and procedures in place, with detailed instructions on how to report a safeguarding concern to all local authorities who have contracts with the home. Staff were all trained in safeguarding vulnerable adults and had a good knowledge of how to identify and report safeguarding or whistleblowing concerns.

Both the registered manager and staff we spoke to had knowledge and understanding of the mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), which is used when someone needs to be deprived of their liberty in their own best interest. We saw evidence that DoLS is utilised within the home.

We saw that staffing levels were determined by the needs of the residents, with a dependency tool being used each month to ensure levels remained safe and effective. We saw that the home has sufficient numbers of staff to meet residents needs and the residents agreed with this saying they were well looked after and supported.

Robust recruitment procedures were in place to ensure staff working at the home met the required standards. This involved everyone having a DBS (Disclosure and Baring Service) check, two references and full work history documented.

Staff reported that they received a good level of training to carry out their role and were encouraged and supported to attend more if required. We saw that all staff completed an induction training programme when they first started and that on-going training was provided to ensure skills and knowledge were up to date.

Staff also told us that they felt supported through completion of regular supervision meetings and yearly appraisals. Team meetings were also held for all levels of staff, which they were encouraged to attend and contribute towards.

We saw that the home had systems in place for the safe storage, administration and recording of medicines. Each resident kept their medication in a locked cabinet in their bedroom and only staff authorised to administer medicines were allowed access. All residents taking medicines had a medication administration record (MAR) in place. The home carried out medication audits monthly, and through these had identified some instances of medication not being signed as taken, during the inspection all records we observed were filled out correctly and all medicine amounts tallied.

Throughout the day we observed positive inter