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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 25 March 2020

About the service

Widnes Hall is a residential care home providing personal and nursing care to 63 people aged 65 and over at the time of the inspection. The service can support up to 68 people.

Widnes Hall accommodates people across four separate units, each of which has separate adapted facilities. Two of the units specialise in providing care to people living with dementia.

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

Social interaction and activities were considered to be an important part in people’s day to day lives. Activity champions had an incredible passion for ensuring people were able to pursue their interests and hobbies, as well as taking part in new experiences. People had returned to their place of work and visited work related places, such as the local rugby club and aircraft museum.

The variety of activities provided was outstanding. There were many excellent examples of person-centred activities taking place, both in and out of the home, with holidays and activities with other care homes, encouraging new experiences and opportunities for new friendships. People said, “They do a lot of activities here, both inside and outside the home” and “The staff seem to be really good at helping people out and ensuring that no one is forgotten”.

People spoke highly of the care they received from staff who knew them very well. Staff were described as caring and people said they were treated as individuals with kindness and compassion and were encouraged to retain their independence. A person told us, “In my view this home is perfect, it is just a very caring place.”

The leadership of the service promoted a positive culture that was person-centred and inclusive. We received positive feedback about the quality and safety of care people received and the overall management of the service from people and their relatives. The registered manager and the staff team showed a desire to improve the service provided and in turn the quality of life experiences for the people living at Widnes Hall. People and staff had experienced a positive change in the home since the arrival of the new registered manager.

People said they felt safe living at Widnes Hall. There were enough staff to support people when they needed assistance. People received their medicines at the times they needed them and had ready access to healthcare professionals as and when required. The environment was regularly checked and well maintained.

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 encouraged to provide their views and opinions about the home and care provided through meetings and questionnaires; these helped to drive continuous improvements. The home completed a range of audits and quality monitoring processes to help support this process.

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

Rating at last inspection

The last rating for this service was Good (published 25 August 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.

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 25 March 2020

The service was safe.

Details are in our safe findings below.

Effective

Good

Updated 25 March 2020

The service was effective.

Details are in our effective findings below.

Caring

Good

Updated 25 March 2020

The service was caring.

Details are in our caring findings below.

Responsive

Outstanding

Updated 25 March 2020

The service was exceptionally responsive.

Details are in our responsive findings below.

Well-led

Good

Updated 25 March 2020

The service was well-led.

Details are in our well-led findings below.