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Beach House

Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

94 Alexandra Road, Poole, Dorset, BH14 9EP (01202) 739930

Provided and run by:
Harbour Care (UK) Limited

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Background to this inspection

Updated 21 August 2020

We carried out this inspection under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 as part of our regulatory functions. This inspection was planned to check whether the provider is meeting the legal requirements and regulations associated with the Health and Social Care Act 2008.

This was a targeted inspection looking at the infection control and prevention measures the provider has in place. As part of CQC’s response to the coronavirus pandemic we are conducting a thematic review of infection control and prevention measures in care homes.

This inspection took place on 13 August 2020 and was announced. The service was selected to take part in this thematic review which is seeking to identify examples of good practice in infection prevention and control.

Overall inspection


Updated 21 August 2020

Beach House 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.

Beach House is registered to accommodate up to seven people. At the time of our inspection there were six people living at the home in one adapted building in a residential area of Poole.

At our last inspection in May 2016 we rated the service Good. At this inspection we found the evidence continued to support the rating of Good and there was no evidence or information from our inspection and ongoing monitoring that demonstrated serious risks or concerns. This inspection report is written in a shorter format because our overall rating of the service has not changed since our last inspection.

At this inspection we found the service remained Good.

Some people had lived at Beach House for a number of years. They were all supported to maintain regular contact with their families if they wished to. The service reflects the values that underpin the Registering the Right Support and other best practice guidance. These values include choice, promotion of independence and inclusion. People with learning disabilities and autism using the service can live as ordinary a life as any citizen.

People told us they enjoyed living at Beach House and liked the people who lived there and staff who supported them. We received positive feedback from relatives and health professionals who visited the home regularly.

People were supported by appropriate numbers of trained, experienced staff who knew the people who lived at Beach House very well. Staff understood how to identify and report abuse and were well supported in their roles. Staff received up to date training on all core subjects as well as ad hoc training for subjects that interested them such as specialist medicine training. Staff received specialised training in a timely manner. This enabled them to support and care for people with specific health needs safely.

People made their own choices about how they spent their day. Staff had a good knowledge and understanding of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) and promoted people's independence and choice in their day to day living. Where people might lack capacity to make a specific decision staff acted in accordance with the MCA.

People were supported to take their medicines safely by staff who had received the appropriate levels of training.

People's health care needs were met and staff supported people to see healthcare professionals when appropriate.

People were encouraged and supported to take part in a wide range of activities, hobbies and visits into the local community. People told us they really enjoyed their activities which promoted their independence and maintained their sense of wellbeing.

People and relatives knew how to make a complaint and felt any concerns would be actioned straight away.

There were quality assurance systems in place to drive continuous improvement and ensure the home offered a safe, effective, caring and responsive service.