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Comfort Zone Care Services Ltd Good

Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 22 February 2018

This announced inspection took place on 14 and 21 December 2017.

Comfort Zone Care Services Ltd is a domiciliary care agency. It provides personal care to people living in their own houses and flats. It provides a service to older adults, some of whom may be living with dementia, disabilities, and chronic health conditions. At the time of the inspection, 16 people were being supported by the service.

People were safe because there were effective risk assessments in place, and systems to keep them safe from abuse or avoidable harm. There was sufficient numbers of staff to support people safely. Staff took appropriate precautions to ensure people were protected from the risk of acquired infections. People’s medicines were managed safely, and there was evidence of learning from incidents.

People’s needs had been assessed and they had care plans that took account of their individual needs, preferences, and choices. Staff had regular supervision and they had been trained to meet people’s individual needs effectively. The requirements of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 were being met, and staff understood their roles and responsibilities to seek people’s consent prior to care and support being provided. Where required, people had been supported to have enough to eat and drink to maintain their health and wellbeing. They were also supported to access healthcare services if required.

People were supported by caring, friendly and respectful staff. They were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives, and the policies and systems in the service supported this practice.

Staff regularly reviewed the care provided to people with their input to ensure that this continued to meet their individual needs, in a person centred way. The provider had an effective system to handle complaints and concerns. Where people were able to remain in their own homes, staff ensured that they remained comfortable, dignified and pain-free at the end of their lives.

The service was well managed and the provider’s quality monitoring processes had been used effectively to drive continuous improvements. The registered manager provided stable leadership and effective support to the staff. They worked well with staff to promote a caring and inclusive culture within the service. Collaborative working with people and their relatives resulted in positive care outcomes for people using the service. Everyone's feedback was extremely positive about the quality of the service.

Further information is in the detailed findings below.

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 22 February 2018

The service was safe.

People were safe and there were systems in place to safeguard them from avoidable harm.

The provider had effective recruitment processes in place and there was enough skilled and experienced staff to support people safely.

People were supported to take their medicines safely.

Effective

Good

Updated 22 February 2018

The service was effective.

People's care needs were assessed. Staff understood people�s individual needs and provided effective support.

Staff received regular training, supervision and support in order to support people effectively.

The requirements of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 were being met.

Caring

Good

Updated 22 February 2018

The service was caring.

People were supported by kind, caring and friendly staff.

Staff respected people�s choices and supported them to maintain their independence.

People were supported in a respectful manner that promoted their privacy and dignity.

Responsive

Good

Updated 22 February 2018

The service was responsive.

People�s care plans were personalised to enable staff to provide person-centred care.

People�s needs were met in a timely way by responsive and attentive staff.

The provider had a system to manage people�s complaints and concerns.

Well-led

Good

Updated 22 February 2018

The service was well-led.

The registered manager provided stable leadership and effective support to staff.

People and their relatives were enabled to routinely share their experiences of the service. Everyone's feedback was extremely positive about the quality of the service.

The provider�s quality monitoring processes had been used effectively to drive continuous improvements.