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Delta Care Ltd - Chorley Good


Inspection carried out on 18 December 2019

During a routine inspection

About the service

Delta Care Ltd is a domiciliary care agency based in Chorley which provides care and support to people living in their own homes. There were 67 people receiving a service at the time of inspection.

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

People felt safe and protected from avoidable harm. Staff had received training in safeguarding and knew how to recognise and raise any concerns they may have. People who had support with medicines received them from trained staff whose competencies had been checked.

Staff received appropriate training to enable them to support people effectively. The majority of people felt staff understood their needs and how to support them. Some people felt regular staff changes meant they had to explain what they needed sometimes. 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.

People told us they felt staff were caring and respected them and their homes. People told us staff put them at ease when providing personal care. Staff understood the importance of dignity and respected people's individual characteristics. People's equality needs had been considered.

People received person centred care based on their assessed needs and preferences. Regular reviews had been held when people's needs changed and their care plans adjusted. One person felt they did not have regular reviews but were happy with the care provided.

The service was well-led. There had been some changes to the management team and people told us they felt communication and organisation had improved. Staff told us they felt the service was well managed and they were clear what was expected of them. The provider had effective quality monitoring systems in place. People and staff told us they had been kept informed and given opportunities to feedback their experiences.

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Rating at the last inspection

The last rating for this service was Good (final report published 28 June 2017)

Why we inspected

This was a planned inspection based on the previous rating. We had however received some concerns relating to the service not always providing two staff for two carer packages. We have addressed this in the safe domain.

Follow up

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

Inspection carried out on 22 May 2017

During a routine inspection

This inspection took place on 22 May 2017. We gave the service 48 hours’ notice of the inspection because it is a domiciliary service and the manager is often out of the office supporting staff. We needed to be sure that they would be in.

Delta Care Ltd – Chorley is a privately owned domiciliary care agency. They are situated in Chorley near the town centre. The agency provides care staff to support people in their own homes. They provide assistance with tasks such as personal care, food preparation, medication administration and household chores. The service supports people around Chorley, South Ribble and surrounding areas. Services are provided to older adults, adults with physical disabilities, adults with memory loss or living with dementia, adults with complex needs and adults with specific conditions such as substance misuse problems. At the time of our inspection the service supported 84 people and employed 26 care staff.

The service had 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.

This inspection was the first inspection since the service was registered with the Commission on 19 April 2016. During this inspection we found the service was meeting the requirements of the current legislation.

We looked at how the service protected people against bullying, harassment, avoidable harm and abuse. We found there were policies and procedures on safeguarding people. Staff had received up to date training in safeguarding adults and they showed awareness of signs of abuse and what actions to take if they witnessed someone being ill-treated.

Safeguarding incidents had been investigated and documented, showing the support people were getting after incidents. Staff had sought advice from other health and social care professionals where necessary. There were risk assessments which had been undertaken. Plans to minimise or remove risks had been drawn and reviewed in line with the organisation’s policy. These were robust and covered specific risks around people’s care in a person centred manner.

Lone working and environmental risk assessments were in place to ensure the safety of care staff and people they support. During the inspection we observed staff were visiting people at the planned and agreed times. However we found systems for checking whether staff had visited as planned had not been effectively implemented and monitored.

There was a medicines policy in place and staff had been trained to safely support people with their medicines.

We looked at recruitment processes and found the service had recruitment policies and procedures in place to help ensure safety in the recruitment of staff. These had been followed to ensure staff were recruited safely for the protection and wellbeing of people who used the service.

Records we saw and conversations with staff showed the service had adequate care staff to ensure that people's needs were sufficiently met.

We found care planning was done in line with the Mental Capacity Act, 2005. Staff showed awareness of the Mental Capacity Act, 2005 and how to support people who lacked capacity to make particular decisions. They had received mental capacity training.

Majority of the feedback from people about care staff was positive. However; we received mixed views regarding some care staff and the organisation although a significant amount of people told us their experiences had been positive.

People using the service had access to healthcare professionals as required to meet their needs. Staff had received training deemed necessary for their role. Staff competences were checked regularly in various areas of practice including moving and handling, medicine administrat