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Thirlestaine Park Care Home Good

Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 23 January 2021

Thirlestaine Park Care Home provides nursing and personal care to 63 people. It provides care for older people, people with physical disabilities and people living with dementia. Care is provided across three floors. There is a range of communal areas where people could spend their time whilst socially distancing. The home also had its own gardens and outdoor spaces which people could enjoy. At the time of our visit 53 people were living at Thirlestaine Park Care Home.

We found the following examples of good practice.

¿ Visits to the home had currently been suspended for people’s relatives, except for people at the end of their life. When relative visiting restarts the service have a visiting room set up in accordance with recognised safe visiting guidance. Alternative ways, including the use of technology, had supported people’s ability to remain in contact with their relatives.

¿ The home had supported people to self-isolate where possible. People were being supported in their rooms. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) stations were in place at people’s rooms where required to support staff with appropriate barrier care.

¿ Admission to the home was completed in line with COVID-19 guidance. People were only admitted following a negative COVID-19 test result and supported to self-isolate for up to 14 days following admission to reduce the risk of introducing infection.

¿ People’s health and wellbeing was monitored. People were observed for symptoms of COVID-19 and other potential infections. Healthcare professionals had continued to provide clinical support to people as this was required. People were due to be vaccinated by healthcare professionals imminently.

¿Action had been taken to reduce the risk of infection spreading which had included the correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE), isolation of people affected by COVID-19 and the cohorting of staff to reduce the spread of infection. The service only used agency staff who were familiar with the service and people’s needs, which reduced the risk of COVID-19 entering the service.

¿ People and staff were tested in line with national guidance for care homes. Testing had helped the registered manager identify when full infection control measures needed to be implemented and when staff needed to self-isolate. Staff were being tested prior to every shift.

¿ As part of full infection control measures laundry and waste arrangements had been correctly implemented to reduce the spread of infection.

¿ Cleaning schedules had been enhanced and were followed by housekeeping staff and care staff. The service had adopted a specific cleaning technology which was actively used by all staff, on top of recognised cleaning materials.

¿ The provider’s policy for managing COVID-19 and related infection prevention and control procedures had been reviewed and kept up to date. COVID-19 guidance was also kept up to date for staff reference.

¿ Staff had received training and support in relation to infection control and COVID-19. The provider and staff had taken immediate action to manage an outbreak situation and they recorded the ongoing actions taken to support people and staff through an outbreak of COVID-19.

¿ The manager and deputy manager were implementing wellbeing meetings for staff to support them during the pandemic. Staff felt supported to ensure people’s health needs were maintained.

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 23 January 2021

We were assured the service was following safe and correct infection prevention and control procedures.

Effective

Good

Updated 23 January 2021

Caring

Good

Updated 23 January 2021

Responsive

Good

Updated 23 January 2021

Well-led

Good

Updated 23 January 2021