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Lindsey Hall Care Home Outstanding


Inspection carried out on 9 November 2020

During an inspection looking at part of the service

Lindsey Hall Care Home is registered to provide personal care for up to 79 people, some of whom may be living with dementia. At the time of our inspection 68 people lived at the service. All accommodation is provided on one floor and divided into three areas; we inspected Haven wing.

We found the following examples of good practice.

¿ The systems in place allowed people to be admitted to the home safely. Each wing was separated to prevent cross infection and had a dedicated staff group.

¿ People were supported to join in activities to maintain their wellbeing. A large touch screen table had been provided, which enabled people to communicate easily with their families and to participate in new sensory activities and interactive games.

¿ A detailed risk assessment was in place for ensuring safe visits. This included a visiting room with external access and Perspex screen, booking system to allow for social distancing and effective cleaning between visits, visitor agreement form, health screening and use of PPE.

¿ New changing facilities had been provided for staff on each wing. Staff were wearing PPE in line with government guidance.

¿ The provider was fully aware of all current best practice guidance. This had been communicated to people, their families and staff as and when updates occurred. Regular meetings were arranged for staff to ask any questions and ensure they understood changes in guidance.

Further information is in the detailed findings below.

Inspection carried out on 12 September 2017

During a routine inspection

The service provides accommodation and personal care for up to 79 adults of all ages who may be living with dementia and/or physical disability. The home is a conversion of an old school building and has retained the front façade. All accommodation is provided on one floor and there are three units; the main residential unit and two further units (Haven North and South), for people living with dementia. There are 69 single en-suite rooms and five suites which can be used as shared accommodation. The service has an extensive variety of communal areas and facilities. There were 53 people using the service when we visited. This was the first inspection of the service since it was registered and opened in September 2016.

The service was managed by an accomplished, knowledgeable and highly motivated 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. They were supported by a home manager who had day to day oversight of the service working closely with the unit managers.

The provider’s values for the home were ‘freedom of choice, maximum independence, autonomy, privacy and the right to be treated with dignity and respect.’ These qualities were clearly demonstrated throughout our visit. People’s needs, abilities and aspirations were the focus and shaped their care and the service, this ensured Lindsey Hall was very much ‘resident-led.’

The provider and management team demonstrated a very open, reflective leadership style working in partnership with other stakeholders to drive continual improvement within the service and local community. Feedback from healthcare professionals cited collaborative and very effective working relationships.

The service was effectively organised and well-run with a very open and transparent culture. Through a very comprehensive review and audit programme the provider and management team continually assessed and monitored aspects of the service. Strong emphasis was placed on continually developing and improving the service in response to people’s feedback. People felt listened to and very assured any complaints they made would be taken seriously and acted upon.

The provider, management and staff teams were dedicated to providing care which met the highest of standards and strived for excellence keeping people at the heart of the service. The service was recognised by schemes which reward quality, for example, achieving a Healthcare Design Award and as a finalist in the upcoming national Caring UK Awards.

There was a truly friendly and open atmosphere on entering the premises; everyone was welcomed warmly and courteously. All areas of Lindsey Hall had been designed for the needs of people who used the service and there were specific areas and facilities to promote the independence and wellbeing of people who lived with dementia. We observed that this was a safe home with an exceptionally well-designed layout enabling people, visitors and staff to move freely within the environment and its grounds safely. Everyone we spoke with considered the environment was of an exceptional standard.

The service was committed to ensuring strong links with the community and placed a strong emphasis on enhancing people’s lives through the provision of meaningful, imaginative activities and opportunities. People’s individual lifestyle choices were really embraced and they maintained positive links with their community and those relationships important to them. People told us they felt involved and their participation in the range of activities had a very positive impact on their health and wellbeing.

People received outstanding care and support from a well-trained, well-supported and motivated group of staff.