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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 8 June 2021

Maple Lodge is a residential care home providing personal care to people who have a learning disability and/or autistic spectrum disorder. The service can support up to 5 people. Maple Lodge is a detached bungalow located in a residential cul-de-sac in Colchester and is one of a group of five similar properties in the same cul-de-sac and owned by the same provider. Each property is a distinct individual service, though there are some shared facilities and joint social events.

We found the following examples of good practice.

The service adhered to government guidance and arrangements were in place for the safe facilitation of visiting by two named family members. This was within an individualised risk assessment framework and enabled people’s right to meaningful family relationships be re-established following lockdown.

Whole home testing for people and staff, including weekly testing and rapid testing was undertaken. Consent was gained from people each time prior to testing. Best interest decisions were taken on an individual basis for people who did not understand. Tests were not undertaken when people declined despite best efforts to support or were likely to be distressed by the process.

Contingency plans were in place to ensure effective management of an outbreak. Following an isolated incident where a staff member tested positive contingency arrangements were triggered. People isolated within their rooms and rota’s were changed to ensure people received support on a one to one basis. This limited staff contact and staff movement within the service and ensured people received continued occupation and engagement. The staff member isolated on full pay. The exposure to Covid-19 was contained.

Everybody using the service has now received both vaccinations against Covid-19.

Staff had received training on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection control practices and processes were in place to minimise the spread of infection. There was an adequate supply of PPE.

Cleaning regimes had been increased including regular hard surface contact cleaning.

Staff promoted people’s wellbeing during lockdown by supporting them to go out for walks or car drives every day. Alternative activities at home were introduced which included a lot of art and crafts and baking.

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 8 June 2021

Further information is in the detailed findings below.

Effective

Good

Updated 8 June 2021

Caring

Good

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Responsive

Good

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Well-led

Good

Updated 8 June 2021