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Durnsford Lodge Residential Home Good

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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 8 July 2021

Durnsford Lodge is a care home that provides care for a maximum of 28 older people. Durnsford Lodge is an older converted property, with rooms over three floors accessible via a lift.

We found the following examples of good practice:

Durnsford Lodge had appropriate arrangements in place for visitors. This included, temperature checks on arrival at the home and personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves and masks for visitors to wear. There was clear signage detailing visiting procedures, which included information on pre-booking visits. The home had a designated room for visiting people who lived in the care home, which was cleaned between each visitor. When the weather was good, the garden could be used to facilitate visits. Social media, telephone calls and virtual meetings were organised to enable people who lived in the care home residents to maintain contact with family and friends.

The care home had tried to social distance people who lived in the care home in communal areas, but some people chose to sit near to each other, there were supplies of PPE and regular cleaning of these areas to minimise the risk of cross infection.

Durnsford Lodge had not experienced any outbreaks of COVID-19, but suitable arrangements were in place should this occur. (An outbreak consists of two or more members of staff or people who live in the care home at the same time.)

People were only admitted to the home following a negative COVID-19 test and were isolated in accordance with current guidance on admission.

Consideration was given to isolating people who lived in the care home, with their agreement if a new admission was not able to isolate due to their condition, such as when a person was living with dementia needed to walk with purpose in communal areas.

All staff worked solely at Durnsford Lodge and when bank staff were used, they were included in the home's COVID-19 testing programme. All residents and staff were tested in line with current guidance and if needed isolated following a positive test. There were designated areas for staff to put on and take off PPE. All staff were required to change into their uniforms at work and to change in to their own clothes once their shift had finished. All staff had received training on infection control, including COVID-19.

Staff and people who lived in the home had received vaccines in line with guidance and if someone declined a vaccine a risk assessment was completed, for example staff members in high risk groups, such as pregnancy. One of the GP practices that provided a service to the home had lead the programme on vaccination for all residents. They had liaised with other practices that residents were registered with and ensured that all people who lived in the home were vaccinated at the same time.

One member of kitchen staff was furloughed as they were exempt from wearing a mask and a face shield was not practical. Some people who lived in the care home were hard of hearing had issues with reading facial expressions, so staff removed their masks and social distanced from these people when speaking with them.

The premises were visibly clean and hygienic and suitable laundry facilities and processes were in place. Infection control policies and procedures were up to date and regularly reviewed. Audits were carried out, these included hand hygiene and premises checks. When needed appropriate action was taken.

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 8 July 2021

Inspected but not rated.

Effective

Good

Updated 8 July 2021

Caring

Good

Updated 8 July 2021

Responsive

Good

Updated 8 July 2021

Well-led

Good

Updated 8 July 2021