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Willow Gardens Care Home

Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

Hampshire Lakes, Oak Leigh Square, Hammond Way, Yateley, Hampshire, GU46 7AG (01252) 864700

Provided and run by:
Anchor Hanover Group

All Inspections

6 July 2023

During a monthly review of our data

We carried out a review of the data available to us about Willow Gardens Care Home on 6 July 2023. We have not found evidence that we need to carry out an inspection or reassess our rating at this stage.

This could change at any time if we receive new information. We will continue to monitor data about this service.

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12 February 2020

During a routine inspection

About the service

Willow Gardens Care Home is a residential care home located in Hampshire Lakes, which is a retirement village, consisting of houses, flats and communal facilities. The care home was providing accommodation and personal care to 32 people at the time of the inspection but can support up to 36 people. The home was on the second floor of the building and was accessed by a lift or stairs.

People’s experience of using this service and what we found

People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible and in their best interests; the policies and systems in the service supported this practice.

The provider had policies and procedures in place designed to protect people from the risk of suffering harm and abuse. Risk assessments were in place which identified possible risks to people living at the home. The provider had processes in place to reduce the risk of the spread of infection. People’s needs were met by suitable numbers of staff who had appropriate training.

People’s needs were assessed before they were offered a room in the home. People were supported to eat and drink enough to meet their needs. Staff ensured people had access to healthcare professionals when necessary. People received their medicines as prescribed.

People, relatives and visitors told us the staff who supported people were kind and caring. People expressed their views and were involved in making everyday decisions about their care. Staff respected people’s privacy and dignity and promoted independence.

People had care plans in place which detailed their needs, preferences, interests and social histories. People and visitors told us there were a lot of activities offered. The provider had a complaints procedure in place. Where people received end of life care, this was based on best practice and personal preferences.

The registered manager and provider ensured there was a person-centred, open and inclusive environment for people to live and staff to work. There was a clear leadership structure in place which included the registered manager and senior staff team. The registered manager had a quality assurance system in place

For more details, please see the full report which is on the CQC website at www.cqc.org.uk

Rating at last inspection

The last rating for this service was good (published 11 August 2017).

Why we inspected

This was a planned inspection based on the previous rating.

Follow up

We will continue to monitor information we receive about the service until we return to visit as per our re-inspection programme. If we receive any concerning information we may inspect sooner.

24 July 2017

During a routine inspection

The inspection took place on 24 and 25 July 2017 and was unannounced. Willow Gardens Care Home is registered to provide accommodation and support for up to 36 older people some of whom may experience dementia. At the time of the inspection there were 26 people living there. The service is located on the first floor of the main building in one of the provider’s retirement ‘Villages;’ which also provides independent flats and domiciliary care support packages for older people. The Village provides a range of amenities including: a wellness centre and spa, bistro, bar, library and delicatessen on the ground floor of the main building; which people living in the care home can also access.

The service had a registered manager. 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 told us they were safe within the service. Staff undertook both initial classroom based and annual on-line safeguarding training and understood their role in keeping people safe. Potential risks to people had been identified, assessed and measures put in place to manage the risks in a manner that did not restrict people’s rights. For example, people were supported to go away on holiday. The environment had been adapted to meet people’s needs. Processes were in place to ensure the equipment and premises were safe for people.

There were enough staff deployed to meet people‘s care needs. Robust recruitment policies and procedures were in place and relevant checks were made on staff’s suitability for their role.

People received their medicines safely from trained staff whose competency to administer medicines had been assessed. Processes were in place to store people’s medicines safely. When people were prescribed medicines that required special precautions staff ensured these were monitored by health professionals, for the person’s safety.

People were cared for by staff who had undergone an induction to their role. Records confirmed staff had received supervision and an annual appraisal of their work to enable them to reflect upon their work and development. People were supported by staff who were encouraged and supported to undertake professional development, to enable them to provide people with effective care.

People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible; the policies and systems in the service supported this practice.

Feedback about the quality of the meals provided was mixed. However, processes were in place to ensure people had regular input into the types and quality of the meals provided and their comments about meals were acted upon. Risks to people associated with eating and drinking were effectively managed.

Staff supported people appropriately to access healthcare services as required and professional’s advice was acted upon to ensure people’s welfare.

People told us staff were caring. Staff were heard to speak with people in a warm and friendly manner as they provided their care. They had a good understanding of each person’s personal preferences about their care and how they liked to dress. Staff offered people choices about their care across the course of the inspection. They understood that people had the right to make their own decisions wherever possible. People’s privacy and dignity was upheld by staff in the provision of their care. People or their families where relevant; had been consulted about their end of life care.

People said they or their relatives had been involved in planning their care. People’s care plans were regularly reviewed with them. Staff had a good knowledge of each person and received updates about people’s care during the staff shift handover. Staff had undergone dementia care training and the needs of people living with dementia were understood and met by staff.

The activities co-ordinator provided people with a weekly schedule of activities based on their suggestions and feedback from the resident’s weekly meetings. People were provided with a range of activities, which ran in the morning, afternoon and evening, both in the service and in the community across seven days of the week to meet their needs for social activity and stimulation.

People told us that generally they had not needed to raise any complaints. However, if they had raised an issue verbally then it had been addressed at the time. Policies were in place for people to make formal complaints if required. Processes were in place to seek and act upon people’s feedback about the service provided.

There was open communication and people told us they were informed about what was happening. People’s care was based on clearly defined values and these were displayed by staff in their work with people. Inclusion was promoted both with relatives and with people living across the Village. Processes were in place to seek and act upon staff views and to recognise their work.

People and staff said the service was well managed. The registered manager had clear expectations of their staff and led by example. There was good communication between senior staff. The provider had a career development structure for care staff to enable them to develop their careers within the service. There were good links both within the service and externally to promote communication and the sharing of good practice.

Processes were in place to monitor the quality of the service provided and information about the service was analysed by the provider in order to identify any trends that required action for people.