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Inspection carried out on 9 April 2015

During a routine inspection

The inspection took place on 9 April 2015 and was announced.

Heath Lodge Care Services is a domiciliary care agency that provides care and support to people with a range of needs such as people living with dementia, older people, people with a physical or learning disability or sensory impairment. Care is provided to people in their own homes or who live in sheltered accommodation.

The service has not had a registered manager in post since May 2013. 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 said they felt safe and were cared for by care staff who were honest and trustworthy. Staff knew how to recognise the signs of abuse and what action to take if they suspected abuse was taking place. They had been trained in safeguarding adults at risk. Risks to people were assessed and reviewed on a regular basis, with three monthly checks. There was information and guidance for staff on how to manage people’s assessed risks. Staff knew what action to take in the event of a person sustaining a fall or needing medical assistance. Staffing levels were sufficient to keep people safe and people received copies of staff rotas so they knew when and at what time care staff would visit. The service followed safe recruitment practices and necessary checks were in place before new staff commenced employment. People’s medicines were managed and administered by staff who had received training in medicine administration.

Staff had the knowledge and skills to meet people’s needs effectively and had received training in a range of areas such as health and safety, food hygiene, moving and handling and first aid. All new staff were offered the opportunity to take a level 2 qualification in health and social care. New staff shadowed experienced staff before they worked independently with people. Consent to care and treatment was sought in line with the requirements of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 and staff had been trained in this area. People were supported to have sufficient to eat and drink and were supported by care staff as much as they needed. Food and fluid monitoring charts were completed to ensure people ate and drink sufficient to their needs. People had access to healthcare support when this was needed and care staff liaised with health and social care professionals about people’s health needs.

People felt well looked after by caring and friendly staff. Staff knew people well, including their likes and dislikes and personal preferences. People were involved in all aspects of their care and were encouraged to express their views. Their privacy and dignity were maintained by staff who were sensitive to people’s needs. People were supported to be as independent as possible.

Care plans provided comprehensive information and guidance to staff about people’s needs and what duties needed to be undertaken at each visit. Staff arrived at the allotted times to deliver care and would call the office if they were going to be late. A member of office staff would then ring the person to inform them. Concerns or complaints were dealt with promptly and action taken to prevent similar events from reoccurring. People and their relatives were encouraged to provide feedback about the quality of care they received and other aspects of the service.

People thought that staff were polite and helpful and that communication was good. Staff were asked for their feedback about the service. The provider had systems in place to audit the quality of the care delivered and other aspects of the service and took action where needed. They completed quarterly monitoring forms for the local authority. Compliments were recorded and there were several compliments from relatives recorded on file.

Inspection carried out on 21 November 2013

During a routine inspection

Heath Lodge Care Services provides care to approximately fifty people in their own homes. On the day of our inspection we were told the service does not have a registered manager. We were told that the operations manager was overseeing the service.

We found the agency to be appropriately managed by the registered provider so that people could rely upon receiving the service they needed. We spoke with five people who used this agency's services. Each person confirmed that they had received a reliable service from care workers who knew their job, were friendly, and consistently provided the support that had been agreed with them.

As part of our inspection we spoke with the registered provider, operations manager and four members of staff. We visited three people in their home and spoke with two people who used the service and a carer by telephone. We also looked at records and information from surveys carried out with people.

One person we spoke with commented �I�d never cope without them�, another person told us �There has never been a need to complain in all the years I�ve been with them�.

Staff were only employed following a structured recruitment and interview process and relevant checks were carried out prior to them starting work.

We found people had personalised care plans and risk assessments. We found for every identified risk there was a plan in place to address the risk. We saw people had daily preference lists that were used to meet their preferences.

Inspection carried out on 9 October 2012

During a routine inspection

People we spoke with told us that they were involved in making decisions about the level and type of care and support they received. They felt that their privacy and dignity were always respected.

People told us that the service provided by Heath Lodge Care Services Limited was of a high standard. All feedback we received was positive.