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Heathcotes (Green Acres) Good

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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 13 March 2018

The inspection took place on 12 January 2018 and was unannounced. This was the first inspection since the provider registered the service in October 2016.

Heathcotes (Green Acres) is a residential care home providing support to up to six people. At the time of our inspection there were six people living at the service. People living at the service had learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities and mental health conditions.

Heathcotes (Green Acres) is a ‘care home’. People in care homes receive accommodation and nursing or personal care as single package under one contractual agreement. CQC regulates both the premises and the care provided, and both were looked at during this inspection.

Heathcotes (Green Acres) accommodates six people in one adapted building.

The care service has been developed and designed in line with the values that underpin the Registering the Right Support and other best practice guidance. These values include choice, promotion of independence and inclusion.

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.

Staff worked with people to identify goals and manage risks in a way that enabled people to develop confidence and skills whilst ensuring that they were safe. The provider took a proactive approach to incidents and which meant that they were deescalated quickly and systems were in place to respond to concerns. Staff understood their roles in safeguarding people from abuse. There were sufficient numbers of staff to meet people’s needs and the provider had carried out checks to ensure that staff were suitable for their roles.

Care was planned in a person-centred way. People had their own records to document their care and activities using pictures and photographs. Care planning had achieved positive goals for people and helped them to develop skills and try new things. Care plans were regularly reviewed and any changes to people’s needs were actioned by staff. People were supported by allocated staff that oversaw their care and helped to identify choices and preferences. People and relatives were routinely involved in care planning. People had access to a range of activities that suited their needs and interests.

Staff had received appropriate training for their roles. Staff had attended training courses in learning disabilities and autism best practice, as well as mandatory modules. Staff received regular one to one supervisions and there was an appraisal process in place. Staff felt supported by the registered manager and the provider had systems in place to enable effective communication between staff. Regular meetings took place that involved staff, people and relatives in decisions about the service. The provider had a clear complaints policy in place and had a proactive approach to feedback to identify improvements.

People received their medicines safely. Trained staff administered medicines and the provider managed medicines in line with best practice and regularly audited them. People were supported to access healthcare professionals when required with support from staff. The provider had systems in place to ensure the risk of the spread of infection was reduced and people lived in a clean home environment. Staff knew people well and interacted with them with kindness and compassion. Staff were respectful of people’s privacy and dignity when providing care to them. People were supported to maintain relationships that were important to them.

The provider carried out regular checks on the quality of the care that people received. There was a variety of audits in place to monitor quality and the provider had sent surveys to relatives to gather feedback fro

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 13 March 2018

The service was safe.

Risks to people were routinely assessed and appropriate plans were implemented to keep people safe.

Staff took action following incidents to prevent them reoccurring.

There were sufficient numbers of staff to keep people safe. The provider had carried out checks to ensure that staff were suitable for their roles.

People received their medicines safely. Systems were in place to ensure medicines were stored and managed in line with best practice.

Staff followed procedures to protect people from the risk of the spread of infection.

Effective

Good

Updated 13 March 2018

The service was effective.

People were supported by staff that were trained to carry out their roles.

Staff prepared food with people that matched their preferences as well as their dietary needs.

People�s legal rights were protected because staff followed the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

The provider assessed people�s needs holistically and in line with best practice.

People were supported to access healthcare professionals.

Caring

Good

Updated 13 March 2018

The service was caring.

People were supported by staff that were observed to be caring, kind and compassionate.

Staff got to know the people that they were supporting and the provider�s systems encouraged this.

People were supported to maintain important relationships.

Staff routinely involved people in their care and promoted people�s independence.

People�s privacy and dignity was maintained when staff provided care to them.

Responsive

Good

Updated 13 March 2018

The service was responsive.

People�s care was planned in a person centred way and care plans were accessible to people.

The provider reviewed people�s needs regularly and where changes were identified they actioned them.

People had access to a range of activities that reflected people�s needs and interests.

People and relatives were informed of how to complain and the provider took a proactive approach to feedback.

Well-led

Good

Updated 13 March 2018

The service was well-led.

Staff felt supported by management.

Regular meetings took place that involved people, relatives and staff in the running of the service.

The provider undertook a range of audits to check the quality of the care that people received.

Staff maintained up to date records and the provider notified CQC of important events, in line with the responsibilities of their registration.