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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 2 July 2013
Date of Publication: 11 July 2013
Inspection Report published 11 July 2013 PDF

People should be safe from harm from unsafe or unsuitable equipment (outcome 11)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are not at risk of harm from unsafe or unsuitable equipment (medical and non-medical equipment, furnishings or fittings).
  • Benefit from equipment that is comfortable and meets their needs.

How this check was done

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 2 July 2013, observed how people were being cared for and checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care. We talked with people who use the service, talked with staff and talked with commissioners of services.

We used the Short Observational Framework for Inspection (SOFI). SOFI is a specific way of observing care to help us understand the experience of people who could not talk with us.

Our judgement

People were protected from unsafe or unsuitable equipment.

Reasons for our judgement

People were protected from unsafe or unsuitable equipment because the provider had ensured that it was safe and maintained. There was generally enough equipment to promote the independence and comfort of people who use the service.

People who used the equipment provided by the home said that they were satisfied with how this was being managed and maintained. One person, however, said that they felt, “Bored” because they were unable to be independent with their mobility, due to a lack of appropriate equipment. The registered manager provided us with assurances that action would be taken regarding the person’s equipment issue.

We saw that people who used the service were provided with pressure-relieving equipment to minimise their risks of developing pressure ulcers.

We also saw that people had reachable access to their call bells. Our review of people’s care records indicated that a health and safety risk assessment had been carried out, and measures were in place, should a person be unable to operate their call bell.

People’s care records that we reviewed indicated that they were also provided with equipment to support their moving and handling needs and to minimise the health risks associated with moving and handling and falls from their beds. People’s individual health and safety risk assessments were carried out for the safe use of moving and handling equipment and for the safe use of bed rails.

To ensure that people, visitors and staff were safe at Strathmore House, we found that up-to-date records for fire alarms and emergency lights were maintained. These records demonstrated that these fire safety systems were assessed to be working correctly.

To ensure that people were protected from unsafe equipment, records we reviewed demonstrated that service checks had been carried out for portable electrical appliance equipment and moving and handling equipment, including hoists. The records we reviewed demonstrated that these service checks were in date.

Members of staff who we spoke with said that there was enough equipment to meet people’s support and care needs.