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Inspection carried out on 16 April 2015

During a routine inspection

This inspection took place on 16 April 2015 and was unannounced. We previously visited the service on 23 April 2013 and found that the registered provider met the regulations that we assessed.

The service is registered to provide personal care and accommodation for up to 44 older people, including people with a dementia related condition. The home is located in Molescroft which is close to Beverley, a town in the Riding of Yorkshire. It is on the outskirts of the town but close to transport links. There are three separate units: The House, The Annexe and The Haven. People are accommodated in single rooms and most have en-suite facilities.

The registered provider is required to have a registered manager in post and on the day of the inspection there was a manager registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC); they had been registered since 24 February 2014. 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 that they felt safe living at the home. Staff had completed training on safeguarding adults from abuse and were able to describe to us the action they would take if they had concerns about someone’s safety. They said that they were confident all staff would recognise and report any incidents or allegations of abuse.

We observed good interactions between people who lived at the home, staff and relatives on the day of the inspection. People told us that they felt staff really cared about them and that staff respected their privacy and dignity.

People were supported to make their own decisions and when they were unable to do so, meetings were held to ensure that decisions were made in the person’s best interests. If it was considered that people were being deprived of their liberty, the correct documentation was in place to confirm this had been authorised.

Medicines were administered safely by staff and the arrangements for ordering, storage and recording were robust.

We saw that there were sufficient numbers of staff on duty to meet the needs of people who lived at the home. Staff worked in one of the three units throughout their shift and this promoted consistency for people who lived in each unit.

New staff had been employed following the home’s recruitment and selection policies to ensure that only people considered suitable to work with vulnerable people had been employed. Staff received a thorough induction programme before they worked unsupervised.

The laundry room was not fit for purpose; it was cluttered and was not divided into ‘clean’ and ‘dirty’ areas. The window frame was rotten and there were open pipes attached to the hot water boiler. It was not possible to ensure that the laundry room was maintained in a clean and hygienic condition.

This was a breach of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014. You can see what action we told the provider to take at the back of the full version of this report.

People who used the service and relatives told us that staff were effective and skilled. Staff told us that they were happy with the training provided for them, and that they could request additional training if they felt they needed it.

People’s nutritional needs had been assessed and people told us that they were satisfied with the meals provided by the home. People were supported appropriately by staff to eat and drink safely and their special diets were catered for.

There were systems in place to seek feedback from people who lived at the home, relatives, health and social care professionals and staff. People’s comments and complaints were responded to appropriately.

People who lived at the home, relatives and staff told us that the home was well managed. The quality audits undertaken by the registered manager were designed to identify any areas of concern or areas that were unsafe, and there were systems in place to ensure that lessons were learned from any issues identified.

Inspection carried out on 23 April 2013

During a routine inspection

We decided to visit the home during the evening to gain a wider view of the service provided. This was part of an out of normal hours pilot project being undertaken in the North East region.

During the inspection we spoke with one person who lived at the home on a one to one basis and chatted to others. We also spoke with members of staff, the manager and the regional manager.

We found that people who lived at the home were well supported by staff and that their care plans reflected the care and support they needed. We observed positive interaction between people who lived at the home and all levels of staff.

The administration of medication at the home was safe and staff had received appropriate training to undertake this task, although we had some minor concerns about recording. Medication was stored safely.

There were sufficient numbers of staff on duty to enable the needs of people who lived at the home to be met, and staff had received training that gave them the knowledge and skills they needed to carry out their roles effectively and safely. Staff told us that they felt well supported.

We found that there were systems in place to monitor the quality of the service provided; these included satisfaction surveys, quality audits and regular meetings. Action plans had been completed when any areas for improvement had been identified.

Inspection carried out on 4 May 2012

During a routine inspection

People told us that their experience was a positive one. They were involved in the decisions about coming into the service and staff discussed their care and treatment with them. They were able to make choices and decisions about their daily lives, and the staff respected their wishes and supported their independence.

People told us that they had a good choice of social activities to take part in and the meals provided at the service offered them lots of choice and variety. People said they enjoyed living in the home and the staff were friendly and supportive.

People said that they had good access to outside healthcare professionals and they were satisfied with the level of medical support given to them. They said staff were good at giving them their medication on time and when they needed it.