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Highfield House Residential Care Home

Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

High Street, Castle Cary, Somerset, BA7 7AN

Provided and run by:
Highfield House Residential Care Home Limited

Important: The provider of this service changed - see old profile

All Inspections

6 July 2023

During a monthly review of our data

We carried out a review of the data available to us about Highfield House Residential Care Home on 6 July 2023. We have not found evidence that we need to carry out an inspection or reassess our rating at this stage.

This could change at any time if we receive new information. We will continue to monitor data about this service.

If you have concerns about Highfield House Residential Care Home, you can give feedback on this service.

21 June 2021

During an inspection looking at part of the service

Highfield House Residential Care Home is a care home. The home specialises in the care of older people but does not provide nursing care. The home can accommodate a maximum of 22 people. Of the 22 bedrooms, three had en-suite facilities that included a shower and 15 bedrooms had a sink and toilet. There were four communal bathrooms spread over two floors. At the time of the inspection 19 people lived at the home.

We found the following examples of good practice.

When staff started a shift, they recorded their temperature and put on personal protective equipment (PPE) before they entered the building. Staff did not change their clothes when they came to work because the home was small and did not have facilities for staff to do this safely. The registered manager had completed a risk assessment reflective of the home’s policy which stated staff must remove clothing when they get home and wash their uniform separately on an 80-degree wash. One staff member told us, “I wear my uniform from home to work I don’t wear it anywhere else.” This will further reduce the risk of cross contamination.

Staff had good knowledge of infection prevention control (IPC). All staff had received IPC training, including how to safely put on and take off PPE such as gloves, aprons, and face coverings. A staff member said, “Senior staff check we wear our PPE properly as well.”

The home was clean and tidy. There were two staff responsible for the cleanliness of the home for five days of the week. Night staff carried out some cleaning duties and at weekends care support staff carried out basic cleaning duties.

There was a cleaning schedule that included disinfecting touch points. Staff used a fogging machine to ensure dividing screens were kept sanitised following visits. One staff member told us, “We changed our cleaning products in response to COVID-19.”

The provider’s visitor’s policy was clear and in line with national guidance. Visitors were required to follow the homes infection control procedures. The provider had a conservatory for safe visits, this could be accessed from the outside.

The home was split into two floors. The registered manager explained in the event of an outbreak people would isolate in their rooms. There was a contingency plan in place that described key people to be contacted in the event of a pandemic. The home had support from the local GP surgery, and the local commissioning team.

The registered manager told us, no person would be admitted without a negative COVID-19 test and they would have to isolate for 14 days. They also told us, their laundry would be washed separately, and staff would be allocated to work with the new person during the isolation period. The provider’s admissions policy confirmed this was the correct process for the home.

Regular testing was being carried out; weekly for staff and monthly for people living in the home. This was in line with COVID-19 testing guidance. Consent was recorded in line with the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

4 November 2019

During a routine inspection

About the service

Highfield House Residential Care Home is a care home. The home specialises in the care of older people but does not provide nursing care. The home can accommodate a maximum of 22 people. Out of 22 rooms, three had en-suite facilities that include a shower and 15 had a sink and toilet. There were four communal bathrooms spread over two floors. At the time of the inspection 22 People lived at the home.

People’s experience of using this service and what we found

People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible and in their best interests; the policies and systems in the service supported this practice.

People were supported by staff that were caring and treated them with dignity and respect. Staff understood the needs of the people they supported well and knew them as a person. All the feedback we received from people’s relatives and healthcare professionals was positive.

Risks of abuse to people were minimised. Assessments of people’s needs identified known risks and risk management guidance was produced for staff.

People were supported by staff who had the skills and knowledge to meet their needs. Staff felt supported by the registered manager. Staff understood their role and received appropriate training that supported them in their roles.

Staff worked together with a range of healthcare professionals to achieve positive outcomes for people. Staff followed professional advice to achieve this which included administering people’s medicines as prescribed. We recommend the provider consider current guidance on administering people’s medicines and take action to update their practice accordingly.

People’s care plans were consistent and had a person-centred approach to care planning. Staff supported people to maintain important relationships and continue personal hobbies and interests.

Since 2016 onwards all organisations that provide publicly funded adult social care are legally required to follow the Accessible Information Standard [AIS]. The standard was introduced to make sure people are given information in a way they can understand. The registered manager was aware of the AIS and ensured information was shared in an accessible way.

People's concerns and complaints were listened and responded to. Accidents and incidents were reviewed. People and their relatives commented positively about the registered manager and the quality of care their family member received.

Quality monitoring systems included regular audits to ensure people received good care. Whilst these were in place and mostly effective, the provider had not identified some minor shortfalls through their governance system.

The registered manager had ensured all relevant legal requirements, including registration and safety obligations, and the submission of notifications, had been complied with. The registered manager felt staff had a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities. This was evident to us throughout the inspection.

For more details, please see the full report which is on the CQC website at www.cqc.org.uk

Rating at last inspection (and update) The last rating for this service was outstanding (published 22 May 2017).

Why we inspected

This was a planned inspection based on the previous rating.

Follow up

We will continue to monitor information we receive about the service until we return to visit as per our re-inspection programme. If we receive any concerning information we may inspect sooner.

19 April 2017

During a routine inspection

This inspection took place on 19 and 21 April 2017 and was unannounced.¿

This was a comprehensive inspection carried out at Highfield House Residential Care Home. At ¿the last inspection on 20 October 2014, the service was rated ‘Good’. At this inspection we found ¿the service was now ‘Outstanding’.¿

Highfield House is a care home, registered to provide care for up to 22 people. The home ¿specialises in the care of older people but does not provide nursing care. It is situated in the ¿centre of Castle Cary, in easy walking distance of local shops, churches, post office, library, ¿cafes, pubs and park. There were 22 people living at the home when we inspected.¿

The service had a registered manager. 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 and associated Regulations about how the service is run.¿

People were supported by very kind, caring and compassionate staff who went the extra mile to ¿provide people with excellent, high quality care. One person said, "The care is superb. All the staff ¿are wonderful, compassionate and kind people who really understand the meaning of care.” This ¿high standard of care enhanced people's quality of life and wellbeing. The whole staff team were ¿extremely passionate about providing people with support based on their individual needs and ¿aspirations.¿

There was a strong culture within the service of treating people with dignity and respect. People ¿and the staff knew each other well and these relationships were valued. The staff, registered manager, care manager and the provider were always visible and listened to people and their relatives and friends, ¿offered them choice and made them feel that they mattered. ¿

Care was planned around people's individual preferences and this included their spiritual ¿wishes. People's diverse needs were considered and their human rights respected. The service ¿had a recognised approach to support people at the end of their lives to ensure that it was ¿dignified and comfortable. People received exceptionally compassionate care at the end of their ¿life, which was planned in advance with them. A relative told us, “The end of life care was ¿excellent, it really was.”¿

There was a culture of openness and transparency at the service. Staff were extremely positive ¿about the management and leadership which inspired them to deliver a high quality service. The ¿registered manager, care manager and the provider (collectively known as 'the management team') demonstrated exceptional leadership. They encouraged ¿ideas from staff to benefit the people in their care and maintain a strong, stable staff team with a ¿shared goal. ¿

People were looked after by staff who all shared the provider's commitment to providing high ¿quality care. The registered manager said, “People here are at the heart of everything we do; they ¿are consulted and involved in everything. The culture here has been built over years and years of ¿hard work and dedication by the owners.” ¿

Feedback from people who used the service and their relatives was used to make changes to the ¿service and to drive improvements. The management team had a strong emphasis on continuous ¿improvement of the service. An effective and efficient system of monitoring checks and audits ¿identified any improvements that needed to be made and action was taken as a result. Comments ¿included: "The home is superb” and “Highfield is exemplary; a superb place for residents to live.” ¿

People felt safe. There were systems in place to record safeguarding concerns, accidents and ¿incidents and take appropriate action when required. Staff had received safeguarding training ¿and understood their responsibilities to report any unsafe care. There were plans in place to ¿protect and promote people's safety. Recruitment checks were carried out to ensure suitable staff ¿were employed to work at the service. ¿

There were sufficient staff to provide support to people as needed. We also saw staff members ¿could undertake tasks without feeling rushed when supporting people. Staff told us they had time ¿to spend with people; the management team promoted this.¿

We saw that competent staff dispensed medicines, without interruption and at the correct times ¿they should be administered. Staff responsible for assisting people with their medicines had ¿received training to ensure they had the competency and skills required. People told us they ¿always received their medicines at the times they needed them.¿

Staff received training and were knowledgeable about their roles and responsibilities. They had ¿the skills, knowledge and experience required to support people with their care and social needs. ¿They were well supported by the management team and had regular one to one supervision and ¿annual appraisals. ¿

Staff demonstrated an awareness of the principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and ¿associated Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. We observed they had positive relationships with ¿people who lived at the service to support them to have as much freedom as possible.¿

People were supported to access suitable amounts of nutritionally balanced food which met their ¿dietary needs. A variety of meal options were available for people. ¿

Staff worked closely with other health and social care professionals to ensure people's health ¿and well-being needs were fully met. These professionals consistently rated the home as ¿¿‘outstanding’ in questionnaires they had completed. ¿

People received a personalised service which was responsive to their individual needs and there ¿was an emphasis on each person's identity and what was important to them. There was a ¿commitment to ensuring strong links with the community and an emphasis on enhancing ¿people's lives through the provision of meaningful, imaginative activities and opportunities.¿

People felt they could raise concerns and any were taken seriously, investigated and followed up ¿to develop the service.¿

20 October 2014

During a routine inspection

Highfield House is a care home which is registered to provide care for up to 22 people. The home specialises in the care of older people but does not provide nursing care. There is a registered manager who is responsible for the home. 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 and associated Regulations about how the service is run.

On the day of the inspection there was a homely and relaxed atmosphere in the home and we saw staff interacted with people in a friendly and respectful way. People were encouraged and supported to maintain their independence. They made choices about their day to day lives which were respected by staff.

People said the home was a safe place for them to live. One person said “I think it is a safe place to live. I’ve lived here for six years and I am very happy here. I don’t know why you wouldn’t be.”  Staff had received training in how to recognise and report abuse. All were clear about how to report any concerns. Staff spoken with were confident any allegations made would be fully investigated to ensure people were protected.

People said they would not hesitate in speaking with staff if they had any concerns. People knew how to make a formal complaint if they needed to. One person said “I have lived here for a long time and I have never had to complain. If you are unhappy about anything you can speak to any of the staff and they will sort it out for you.”

People were well cared for and were involved in planning and reviewing their care. They were encouraged to be as independent as they could be. There were regular reviews of people’s health and staff responded promptly to changes in need. People were assisted to attend appointments with appropriate health and social care professionals to ensure they received treatment and support for their specific needs.

Staff had good knowledge of people including their needs and preferences. Staff were well trained; there were good opportunities for on-going training and for obtaining additional qualifications. One staff member said; “The training is nonstop so you are kept up to date.”

People’s privacy was respected. Staff ensured people kept in touch with family and friends. People were provided with a variety of activities; they could choose to take part if they wished. Staff at the home had been able to build good links with the local community.

There were effective quality assurance systems in place. The management structure in the home provided clear lines of responsibility and accountability. The registered manager and both care managers provided strong leadership and good support for the staff team.

People’s views were acted upon where possible and practical. In addition to the resident’s meetings, the service used annual satisfaction surveys and reviewed suggestions, complaints and compliments to continually develop the service.

11 October 2013

During a routine inspection

Highfield House has an 'open door' visiting policy so that relatives and friends can visit at any time. People who lived in the home had individual rooms furnished with personal possessions and effects. We noted that some of the rooms had a photograph of the occupant on the door to assist those people whose memory was failing, to find their own room.

We spoke with a total of 12 people who all praised the staff and the care they received. All the people we spoke with told us that the staff were very kind and caring 'nothing is too much trouble' 'the quality of care here is amazing.' We found a wealth of activities offered to people in the home including film afternoons, exercise classes, quizzes, various card and board games, organised trips, music sessions and other activities chosen by people.

We observed staff supporting people to maintain their independence as much as possible and comprehensive risk assessments for all of the people to enable individual choice of activities. People told us that their privacy and dignity was always respected, staff knock on the door before entering and that they felt 'safe and secure' at Highfield House.

We spoke to a visiting community nurse who told us they had no concerns about the home and that the people always seemed very happy and that communications from the home were very good.

We spoke to a visiting family member of one person who told us 'I felt as soon as I walked through the door here that this was a special place'

16 January 2013

During a routine inspection

People who lived in the home told us that staff provided the care and support they needed. Everyone spoke very highly of the home; they said staff were very patient and kind and they listened to them. One person told us 'This is the best home I have lived in.' Regular activities were arranged, as were occasional trips out of the home.

People said their privacy and dignity were always respected by staff; they were very well cared for and said that staff were available when they needed them. Staff helped them to do the things they needed help with. One person said 'The staff are very good, very helpful. They know what care I need.' The visitors we spoke with were very happy with the care provided to their relatives. One visitor told us 'This home is excellent.'

People told us the home was a safe place for them to live. One person said 'Oh yes, absolutely I feel safe. No one has ever upset me here.' Staff knew how to report any concerns if they were to have any. Thorough checks were carried out to make sure that staff members were suitable to work in the home.

People who lived in the home told us they knew how to complain and would not hesitate to do so if they were unhappy about any aspect of their care or the home more generally. The visitors we spoke with said they had never had cause to complain. They felt able to raise any issues should they have any. One relative said 'There is nothing to complain about. This home is how it should be done.'

18 October 2011

During a routine inspection

Everyone asked was very happy with the care that they received. Comments included 'I like it here they look after me very well,' 'They know what I need and they are always there to help' and 'You get everything you need, you only have to ask and they are always happy to help you.'

One person said that since being at the home their needs and abilities had changed and the level of care had changed with it. They said 'They know when you are finding things difficult and so they just help you that little bit more. Because they do it naturally you are never embarrassed about not being able to manage something.'

People told us that they were involved in, and consulted on, all aspects of their day to day care. One person said 'They let me be independent and I just ring the bell when I want help. I always tell them how I want things done.' Another person said 'You can please yourself, whatever suits you really.'

People said that they were encouraged to express their views about all aspects of their care and the running of the home. People said that they were invited to formal meetings and had regular private time with the home managers. We were told that all staff, including the homes' management, were always ready to listen to their opinions and there were lots of opportunities for this.

Everyone we asked said that they would not hesitate to speak with a member of staff if they were unhappy about any aspect of their care, or the staff who supported them. One person commented 'We are very lucky with the staff, if they weren't polite I would complain straight away and it would be sorted out immediately.' Another person said 'You can always talk to one of the managers, they are never in a hurry and always have time to listen. I know they would do something if I had a complaint.'

People said that there was always enough staff on duty and that staff responded very quickly if they rang their bell or asked for assistance. One person told us 'Day or night, nothing is too much trouble' another person commented 'They are always checking to make sure you are alright, they're never in a rush and always have time for you.'