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Forget-Me-Not-Homecare Services Good

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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 5 January 2019

We carried out this announced inspection on 4 and 6 December 2018. At our last inspection, in June 2016, we rated the service Good. At this inspection we found the evidence continued to support the rating of Good and there was no evidence or information from our inspection and ongoing monitoring that demonstrated serious risks or concerns. This inspection report is written in a shorter format because our overall rating of the service has not changed since our last inspection.

Forget-Me-Not Homecare Services is a Domiciliary Care Agency that provides care and support to adults of all ages, in their own homes. The service provides help with people's personal care needs in St Austell and the surrounding areas. This includes people with physical disabilities and dementia care needs. The service mainly provides personal care for people in short visits at key times of the day to help people get up in the morning, go to bed at night and support with meals.

At the time of our inspection 34 people were receiving a personal care service. These services were funded either privately or through Cornwall Council or NHS funding.

Everyone told us they were satisfied with the quality of the service they received. People said they felt safe using the service and they trusted the staff who supported them. Comments included, “I am extremely happy with the service”, “I can’t fault them” and “They are wonderful people.”

People confirmed they received a reliable service provided by a stable staff team. They had agreed the times of their visits and were always kept informed of any changes. Staff told us travel times were sufficient, so they were not rushed. Staffing levels were managed in a way to ensure staff were available to provide a consistent service to meet the needs of people who used the service. Staff were knowledgeable about the people they cared for and responded appropriately as people's needs changed. Staff spoke positively about the people they supported and were motivated to provide an individualised service in line with people's needs and preferences.

Care plans provided staff with direction and guidance about how to meet people’s individual needs and wishes. These care plans were regularly reviewed and any changes in people’s needs were communicated to staff. People were aware of their care plans and had a copy in their homes. People who needed help taking their medicines were appropriately supported by staff.

Risk assessments clearly identified any risks and gave staff guidance on how to minimise the risk. This included any environmental risks in people’s homes and any risks in relation to the care and support needs of the person. They were designed to keep people and staff safe while allowing people to develop and maintain their independence.

People were supported by staff who knew how to recognise abuse and how to respond to concerns. The service held appropriate policies to support staff with current guidance. The service had robust recruitment practices, which meant staff were suitable to work with vulnerable people. Training records showed staff had been provided with all the necessary training, which had been refreshed regularly. Staff told us they found the training to be beneficial to their role and said they were encouraged to attend training to develop their skills and career.

Staff told us they enjoyed their work and received regular supervision, appraisals and team meetings. Staff were complimentary about the management team and how they were supported to carry out their work. The management team provided strong leadership and led by example. There was a positive staff culture and value system which placed people at the heart of the service.

Management and staff acted within the legal framework of the Mental Capacity Act 2005(MCA). Management and staff understood how to ensure people who did not have the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves had their legal rights protected.

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Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 5 January 2019

The service remains Good.

Effective

Good

Updated 5 January 2019

The service remains Good.

Caring

Good

Updated 5 January 2019

The service remains Good.

Responsive

Good

Updated 5 January 2019

The service remains Good.

Well-led

Good

Updated 5 January 2019

The service remains Good.