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Archived: Optalis Extra Care Oxfordshire

Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

Nicholson House, Turner Road, Gainsborough Green, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 5TT (01235) 523880

Provided and run by:
Optalis Limited

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Background to this inspection

Updated 18 August 2017

We carried out this inspection under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 as part of our regulatory functions. This inspection was planned to check whether the provider is meeting the legal requirements and regulations associated with the Health and Social Care Act 2008, to look at the overall quality of the service, and to provide a rating for the service under the Care Act 2014.

This inspection was carried out by an inspector and an Expert by Experience. An Expert by Experience is a person who has personal experience of using or caring for someone who uses this type of care service. The inspection took place on 1 August 2017 and was announced. The provider was given 48 hours’ notice because the location provides a domiciliary care service and we needed to be sure that someone would be available to support our inspection.

Before the inspection we reviewed the information we held about the service and the service provider. The registered provider completed a Provider Information Return (PIR). This is a form that asks the provider to give some key information about the service, what the service does well and improvements they plan to make. We looked at the notifications we had received for this service. Notifications are information about important events the service is required to send us by law. We obtained feedback from commissioners of the service.

We spoke with seven people and four relatives. We looked at three people’s care records and medicine administration records (MAR). We spoke with the registered manager, care team leader and five support staff. We reviewed a range of records relating to the management of the home. These included five staff files, quality assurance audits, minutes of meetings with people and staff, incident reports, complaints and compliments. In addition we reviewed feedback from people who had used the service and their relatives.

Overall inspection


Updated 18 August 2017

This inspection took place on 1 August 2017 and it was announced. The provider had short notice that an inspection would take place. This was because the service provides a domiciliary care service to people in their own homes and we needed to ensure that the registered manager would be available to assist us.

Care at Home Oxfordshire is a domiciliary care service and extra care housing providing care to people in their own homes in and around Oxford. At the time of the inspection the service was supporting 22 people.

There was 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.

People told us they felt safe receiving support from the service. Staff had a clear understanding on how to safeguard people and protect their health and well-being. People were supported with their medicines as prescribed.

Care at Home had enough suitably qualified and experienced staff to meet people's needs. The provider had robust recruitment procedures and conducted background checks to ensure staff were suitable for their roles.

People had a range of individualised risk assessments in place to keep them safe and to help them maintain their independence. Where risks to people had been identified, risk assessments were in place and action had been taken to manage the risks. Staff were aware of people’s needs and followed guidance to keep them safe.

Staff received adequate training and support to carry out their roles effectively. People felt supported by competent staff that benefitted from regular supervisions (one to one meetings with their line manager), spot checks and team meetings to help them meet the needs of the people they cared for.

The registered manager and staff had a good understanding of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 and applied its principles in their work. Where people were thought to lack capacity to make certain decisions, assessments had been completed in line with the principles of MCA.

People’s nutritional needs were met. People were given choices and were supported to have their meals when they needed them. Staff treated people with kindness, compassion and respect and promoted people’s independence and right to privacy. People received care that was personalised to meet their needs. People were supported to maintain their health and were referred for specialist advice as required.

People were provided with personalised and flexible care. Staff knew the people they cared for and what was important to them. Staff had developed caring relationships with people over time. Staff supported and encouraged people to engage with a variety of social activities of their choice in and around the community.

Care at Home looked for ways to continually improve the quality of the service. Feedback was sought from people and their relatives and used to improve the care. People knew how to make a complaint and complaints were managed in accordance with the provider’s complaints policy.

Leadership within Care at Home was well structured, open and transparent and promoted strong organisational values. This resulted in a caring culture that put people using the service at the centre. People, their relatives and staff were complimentary about the management team and how the service was run.

The registered manager informed us of all notifiable incidents. The registered manager had a clear plan to develop and further improve the service. Staff spoke positively about the management support and leadership they received from the management team.