You are here

Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 23 October 2018

This inspection was unannounced and took place on the 10 September 2018.

The Cottage is a ‘care home’ operated by Bright Futures Care Limited. People in care homes receive accommodation and nursing or personal care as single package under one contractual agreement. CQC regulates both the premises and the care provided, and both were looked at during this inspection.

The Cottage is a four-bedroom detached bungalow that accommodates up to two people in one adapted building. The care home is situated in a semi-rural location setting within a shared court yard with a private garden. Each person has their own bedroom with en-suite facilities and a shared communal lounge and kitchen area. Two of the bedrooms were used by staff that provide sleep in support. At the time of our inspection the service was accommodating two people.

The care home has been developed and designed in line with the values that underpin the Registering the Right Support and other best practice guidance. These values include choice, promotion of independence and inclusion. People with learning disabilities and autism using the service can live as ordinary a life as any citizen.

At the last inspection in February 2016 we rated the service as good. At this inspection we found the evidence continued to support the rating of good and there was no evidence or information from our inspection and ongoing monitoring that demonstrated serious risks or concerns. This inspection report is written in a shorter format because our overall rating of the service has not changed since our last inspection.

At the time of the inspection 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.

Positive relationships had been developed between people using the service and staff. Staff spoken with demonstrated a sound awareness of the needs of the people they supported and interactions with people were kind and caring. People living in the care home also presented as relaxed and content in the company of their staff.

People’s holistic needs and any known risks to their health and wellbeing had been assessed. Care and support plans had also been developed which provided detailed information on the support requirements of people living in the care home and how to deliver responsive care and support.

The registered provider operated within the principles of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005. People had been appropriately assessed and the relevant Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) had been submitted to and approved by the relevant authority.

People were supported to access a range of educational, social, recreational and leisure activities and encouraged to participate in activities of daily living. This included opportunities to maintain meaningful contact with family members and friends.

Medication was appropriately managed and staff continued to work in partnership with a range of health and social care professionals to ensure people had access to specialist services and their general health and wellbeing was maintained. People were also supported to maintain a healthy diet and received nutritious, wholesome and balanced meals.

Robust recruitment policies and procedures were in place to ensure prospective employees were of suitable character to work with vulnerable people and all required documentation was in place.

Sufficient numbers of staff were employed and deployed to meet the needs of people living in the care home. Staff had undertaken a range of induction, mandatory, service specific and qualification level training that was relevant to their roles and responsibilities. The training helped staff to understand the complex support needs of

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 23 October 2018

The service remains safe

Effective

Good

Updated 23 October 2018

The service remains effective

Caring

Good

Updated 23 October 2018

The service remains caring

Responsive

Good

Updated 23 October 2018

The service remains responsive

Well-led

Good

Updated 23 October 2018

The service remains well-led