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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 14 March 2018

This comprehensive inspection took place on the 30 January 2018 and was announced.

Chameleon Care Dartford is a domiciliary care agency, providing personal care services to people living in their own homes. This included older and younger adults and people with complex health needs such as epilepsy, diabetes, dementia and physical disabilities.

Not everyone using the service receives regulated activity; CQC only inspects the service being received by people provided with ‘personal care’; help with tasks related to personal hygiene and eating. At the time of the inspection, there were 37 people receiving the regulated activity of personal care from the service.

At our last inspection, the service was rated Good. At this inspection we found the service remained Good.

There continued to be a registered manager in post. 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. The registered manager was supported by a manager who was based at the location and was responsible for overseeing the day to day management of the service.

People were continued to be protected from abuse and neglect. There continued to be appropriate systems in place to safeguard people from the risk of preventable harm. Risks to people and staff were appropriately assessed, mitigated and recorded.

Staff understood their responsibilities around safeguarding people from abuse and protecting their rights.

There continued to be systems in place to monitor incidents and accidents. There were arrangements in place for the service to make sure that action was taken and lessons learned when things went wrong, to improve safety across the service.

Robust recruitment processes continued to be followed and there were sufficient skilled and experienced staff to meet people's needs. We found appropriate numbers of staff were deployed to meet people's needs.

There continued to be safe systems in place for the management of medicines. Medicines were administered safely and administration records were kept up to date.

People received care from staff that had received training and support to carry out their roles.

Staff continued to have good levels of support and supervision to enable them to carry out their roles.

People's care preferences, likes and dislikes were continued to be assessed, recorded and respected, their care provided in line with up to date guidance and best practice. People’s cultural and religious needs were taken into consideration at the time of assessment and reviews.

We found that there was collaborative working with other community healthcare professionals to ensure that people received coordinated and person-centred care and support. People were supported to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Staff told us that they seek guidance from healthcare professionals as required. They told us they would speak with people’s families and inform the manager if they had any concerns about people’s health.

People continued to receive care from staff that were caring, kind and compassionate. People were treated with dignity and respect and staff ensured their privacy was maintained when care was provided to them.

People were encouraged to make decisions about how their care was provided and staff demonstrated a good understanding of people's needs and preferences.

Staff understood the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and how to support people's best interest if they lacked capacity. People continued to be supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible; the policies and systems in the service supported this practice.

There continued to be policies in place. People were listened to and treated fairly if

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 14 March 2018

The service remains Good.

Effective

Good

Updated 14 March 2018

The service remains Good.

Caring

Good

Updated 14 March 2018

The service remains Good.

Responsive

Good

Updated 14 March 2018

The service remains Good.

Well-led

Good

Updated 14 March 2018

The service remains Good.