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This care home is run by two companies: Sunrise UK Operations Limited and Sunrise Senior Living Limited. These two companies have a dual registration and are jointly responsible for the services at the home.


Inspection carried out on 9 January 2018

During a routine inspection

This inspection was carried out on 9 January 2018 and was unannounced. The service had previously been rated as Good. However, the service had recently undergone a change to their registration which meant that this was the first inspection under the current registration. At this inspection we found that they were meeting all the standards.

Sunrise of Elstree provides accommodation for up to 81 older people some of whom live with dementia. The home is not registered to provide nursing care. At the time of the inspection there were 74 people living there.

The service had a manager who was registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). A registered manager is a person who has registered with the CQC 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. The registered manager was well known throughout the home and proactive in their approach. At the service the registered manager uses the title Assisted Living Coordinator.

There were systems in place that monitored the quality of the service, resolved issues and strived for continuous improvement. Staff felt engaged and empowered working at the service. We found the ethos in the service was ‘People first’. We found there were very few complaints but these were responded to appropriately.

People received personalised care that met their needs and respected their preferences. Care plans gave staff clear guidance and staff followed these plans. People enjoyed activities that reflected their hobbies, interests and lives. People were supported with care and kindness at the end of their life.

People were supported by staff who knew how to promote safety and recognise abuse. Individual risks were assessed but these did not stop people living a full life. People’s medicines were managed safely and there were enough staff who were recruited through a robust process. We also found that infection control was well managed.

People were supported by staff who were trained and supported. People were given choice and supported in accordance with the principles of the Mental Capacity Act.

People enjoyed a variety of food, a pleasant dining experience and their nutritional needs were met.

People had regular access to health care professionals. We found that the design and layout of the building met people’s needs and promoted dignity. The service refers to the units in the home as neighbourhoods and the unit managers as Neighbourhood Coordinators. However, throughout this report we refer to the different areas as units and unit managers.

People were treated with dignity, respect and kindness and were involved in decisions about their care. People told us that they made friendships and felt happy at the service.

Confidentiality was promoted through the management of records and how staff spoke with people.