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St Ives Lodge Residential Care Home Good

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Inspection carried out on 4 February 2021

During an inspection looking at part of the service

St Ives Lodge Residential Care Home is a 'care home'. St Ives Lodge Residential Care Home provides accommodation and care to up to 35 older people living with dementia. At the time of our inspection 34 people were living in the home. People were accommodated over three units. One unit specialises in providing care to people with dementia, and the two other units are a mixture of residential care and dementia care.

We found the following examples of good practice.

¿ The premises were clean and well maintained. Additional cleaning hours had been introduced since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in order to minimise the risk of the spread of infection. Hand sanitiser and PPE was readily available throughout the premises. Staff and visitors had separate entrances to the care home to the minimise the risk of infection. Visitors had their temperature taken and recorded, personal protective equipment (PPE) was available at the entrance and people were supported to follow the Governments guidance on wearing PPE and social distancing.

¿ The provider had appropriate arrangements to test people and staff for COVID-19 and was following government guidance on testing. The provider additional testing for staff who worked in and visited more than one area of the home. This ensured that people and staff were tested for COVID-19 in a consistent way in line with national guidance.

¿ The provider ensured that staff received appropriate training and support to help prevent the spread of infection. All staff had received training on infection control and the use of PPE. Staff were assigned to work at the one location to help minimise the risk of cross infection. Staff wellbeing was supported if they became unwell and when they returned to work.

¿ The provider ensured that people using the service could maintain links with family members and friends. Family members and friends could stay in touch with people with phone and video messaging. The provider had booths available where visitors could meet with people in a safe way. The provider understood the communication needs of people.

¿ The registered manager sought support and advice from external agencies including the Clinical Commissioning Group, the local authority, local care homes and Public Health England and was open to all advice and guidance offered to help keep people safe.

Inspection carried out on 20 November 2017

During a routine inspection

This inspection took place on 20 and 21 November 2017 and was unannounced. At the previous inspection in November 2015 the service was overall rated as Good.

St Ives Lodge Residential Care Home is a ‘care home’. 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.

St Ives Lodge Residential Care Home accommodates 35 people in one adapted building. At the time of our inspection 31 people were living at the home. People were accommodated over three units. One unit specialises in providing care to people with dementia, and the two other units are a mixture of residential care and dementia care.

There was a registered manager at this service. 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.

People’s needs were assessed and their preferences identified as much as possible across all aspects of their care. Risks were identified and plans were in place to monitor and reduce risks. People had access to relevant health professionals when they needed them. There were sufficient numbers of suitable staff employed by the service. Staff had been recruited safely with appropriate checks on their backgrounds completed. Medicines were stored and administered safely. The home environment was clean and the home was free of malodour.

Staff undertook training and received regular supervision to help support them to provide effective care. Staff we spoke with had a good understanding of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). MCA and DoLS is legislation protecting people who are unable to make decisions for themselves or whom the state has decided need to be deprived of their liberty in their own best interests. We saw people were able to choose what they ate and drank. People told us they enjoyed the food. The home was well decorated and adapted to meet their needs of the people

People and their relatives told us that they were well treated and the staff were caring. We found that care plans were in place which included information about how to meet a person’s individual and assessed needs. People’s cultural and religious needs were respected when planning and delivering care. Discussions with staff members showed that they respected people’s sexual orientation so that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people could feel accepted and welcomed in the service. People had access to a wide variety of activities.

The service had a complaints procedure in place and we found that complaints were investigated and where possible resolved to the satisfaction of the complainant.

Staff told us the service had an open and inclusive atmosphere and the registered manager was approachable and open. The service had various quality assurance and monitoring mechanisms in place. These included surveys, audits and staff and resident meetings.

Inspection carried out on 17 & 19 November 2015

During a routine inspection

We inspected St Ives Lodge Residential Care Home on 17 and 19 November 2015. This was an unannounced inspection.

St Ives Lodge Residential Care Home provides accommodation for up to 35 older people who have dementia care needs. There were 34 people living at the home when we visited. There was a registered manager at the service at the time of our inspection. 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 experiences of people who lived at the home were positive. People told us they felt safe living at the home, staff were kind and compassionate and the care they received was good. We found staff had a good understanding of their responsibility with regard to safeguarding adults.

People’s needs were assessed and their preferences identified as much as possible across all aspects of their care. Risks were identified and plans in place to monitor and reduce risks. People had access to relevant health professionals when they needed them. Medicines were stored and administered safely.

Staff undertook training and received regular supervision to help support them to provide effective care. The registered manager and staff we spoke with had a good understanding of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). MCA and DoLS is law protecting people who are unable to make decisions for themselves or whom the state has decided their liberty needs to be deprived in their own best interests. People told us they liked the food provided and we saw people were able to choose what they ate and drank. People had access to health care professionals as appropriate.

People’s needs were met in a personalised manner. We found that care plans were in place which included information about how to meet a person’s individual and assessed needs. The service had a complaints procedure in place.

The service had a registered manager in place and a management structure with clear lines of accountability. Staff told us the service had an open and inclusive atmosphere and senior staff were approachable and accessible. The service had various quality assurance and monitoring mechanisms in place. These included surveys, audits and staff and resident meetings.