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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 27 November 2018

The announced inspection took place on 11 October 2018 and 12 October 2018. We announced our intention to inspect the domiciliary service so we could be sure the registered manager, staff and people receiving a service were available to talk to us.

Tavy Care Services is a care service registered to provide personal care to people in their own homes (domiciliary care). The service specialises in providing support to people in the local community who live in and around the town of Tavistock. At the time of our inspection 60 people were receiving support from the service. Most people were receiving personal care. Some of these people also received help with cleaning or shopping. This part of the service is not regulated by us and was not part of this inspection. The majority of people received regular short support visits at a time to suit them.

At the last inspection, the service was rated Good. At this inspection we found the service remained Good.

There was a registered manager in place. 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.

We found the Caring domain to be Outstanding. People were always treated with kindness, respect and compassion. The registered manager led a team of staff that were highly motivated to offer care that was exceptionally compassionate and kind to people receiving support and their families.

There was evidence of a strong, person centred culture. People were given every opportunity to express their wishes regarding their care and support and how they were feeling at that particular time. If there was anything the care staff could do to improve the person’s well-being this was done. The registered manager stressed the importance of getting to know the person and understanding what was important to them.

There were many examples of the empathy staff had with people and the action they took as a result. They changed rotas so they could eat their lunch with people who were alone. Staff asked to have calls put at the end of their working day so they could spend extra time with them to share their interests or complete additional tasks.

People received care that was responsive to their needs because all staff involved in the service understood the importance of knowing people well and continually checking that the support they were providing continued to be what the person required.

People told us they felt safe with the staff who supported them. One person told us they had complete confidence in the service. “They are very good. It is a professional service but they keep me cheerful too.”

People received the care they needed to keep them safe in their own homes. They told us about the arrangements in place to enable staff to enter their homes safely and with regard to their privacy and independence.

The provider had systems and processes in place to keep people safe and minimise the risk of abuse. Potential new staff were thoroughly checked to make sure they were suitable to work with people in their own home. New staff were able to shadow experienced staff and did not complete visits to people alone until they felt confident.

People were supported by sufficient numbers of regular staff to meet their needs. People received reliable support from a team they knew. Staff arrived on time and did not let people down.

People were assessed to establish whether they needed or required assistance with medicines. Staff understood the varying levels of assistance that could be offered to people and the importance of clearly recording any medications they prompted or administered to people.

People received effective support from staff who had the skills and knowledge to meet their needs. People and th

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 27 November 2018

The service remains Good.

Effective

Good

Updated 27 November 2018

The service remains Good.

Caring

Outstanding

Updated 27 November 2018

The service has improved to Outstanding

The care and support people received was outstanding at this inspection. People were always treated with exceptional kindness, respect and compassion.

Staff delivered care that was imaginative and empathetic. If there was anything the staff could do to improve the person’s well-being this was done.

Responsive

Good

Updated 27 November 2018

The service remains Good.

Well-led

Good

Updated 27 November 2018

The service remains Good.