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Inspection carried out on 12 September 2017

During a routine inspection

This inspection visit took place on 12 September 2017 and was unannounced.

At the last inspection on 07 March 2017 we asked the provider to take action to make improvements because we found breaches of legal requirements. This was in relation to care planning, staff training and good governance. The provider sent us an action plan saying they would meet the legal requirements. During our inspection visit on 12 September 2017 we found these actions had been completed.

Waterside Care Home is registered to provide personal care for a maximum of 19 older people. The home is an adapted property, which is situated on the promenade at Bispham. The accommodation comprises of 19 single bedrooms, of which 14 have en-suite facilities. A stair lift enables people to gain access between the ground and first floor. At the time of our inspection visit there were 19 people who lived at the home.

There was a registered manager in place. 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.

We observed staff providing support to people throughout our inspection visit. We saw they were kind and patient and treated people with dignity and respect.

People who lived at the home and one person visiting their relative told us they were happy with the care provided. Comments received included, “I am very happy here the staff couldn’t do any more for me.” And, “I have been very happy with the care provided for [relative].”

The service hadn’t recruited any new staff since our last inspection. Recruitment procedures were found to be safe during that inspection.

Staff had received training to enable them to support people who presented behaviour which challenged the service safely.

Staff spoken with had received safeguarding training and understood their responsibility to report unsafe care or abusive practices.

We looked around the building and found it had been maintained, was clean and hygienic and a safe place for people to live. We found equipment had been serviced and maintained as required. The registered provider had an ongoing refurbishment programme in place making improvements to the environment. This included new carpets and flooring being fitted throughout the home and improvements to people’s bedrooms.

Staff wore protective clothing such as gloves and aprons when needed. This reduced the risk of cross infection.

We found medication procedures at the home were safe. Staff responsible for the administration of medicines had received training to ensure they had the competency and skills required. Medicines were safely kept with appropriate arrangements for storing in place.

The service demonstrated appropriate systems to assess risk for people living at the home. Information about how staff supported people who presented behaviour which challenged the service was in place to inform staff how to support people safely.

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

Staff knew people they supported and provided a personalised service in a caring and professional manner.

People told us they were happy with the variety and choice of meals available to them. We saw regular snacks and drinks were provided between meals to ensure people received adequate nutrition and hydration.

We saw people had access to healthcare professionals and their healthcare needs had been met. The service had responded promptly when people had experienced health problems.

People who lived at the home told us they enjoyed a variety of activities which were organised for their entertainment.

The service had a complaints proc

Inspection carried out on 7 March 2017

During an inspection to make sure that the improvements required had been made

We carried out an unannounced comprehensive inspection of this service on 01 December 2015.

Since that inspection we have been informed about a specific incident which raised concerns in relation to safeguarding procedures, care planning arrangements, medicines management and management of behaviour that challenged. As a result we undertook a focused inspection to ensure fundamental standards were in place to keep people safe. This report only covers our findings in relation to the raised concerns. You can read the report from our last comprehensive inspection, by selecting the 'all reports' link for Waterside Care Home on our website at www.cqc.org.uk”

Waterside Care Home is registered to provide personal care for a maximum of 19 older people. The home is situated on the promenade at Bispham. The accommodation comprises of 19 single bedrooms, of which 14 have en-suite facilities. A stair lift enables people to gain access between the ground and first floor. When we completed this focussed inspection there were 19 people who lived at the home.

The service did not have a registered manager in place. 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.

Prior to this inspection the manager had submitted an application to be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). This was being dealt with by CQC’s registration team when the inspection visit took place.

We asked the regional manager and the home’s manager if there had been any safeguarding incidents involving people who lived at the home since we last inspected the service. They told us there had been one which had been investigated by the local authority safeguarding team. The manager said there hadn’t been any incidents which she had needed to report.

Staff spoken with told us they had received safeguarding training and understood their responsibility to report concerns to the manager.

We noted within the daily notes there had been incidents where people had been aggressive towards members of staff. There had been no incident reports completed identifying the results of challenging behaviour by people who lived at the home towards staff. The manager acknowledged documentation was poor and confirmed these would be reviewed.

We found care records did not always provide staff with clear guidance to meet people's needs.

Care plans did not provide clear strategies for staff supporting people who became agitated and distressed.

This was breach of Regulation 12 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 (Safe care and treatment).

The staff members we spoke with told us there were people who could be challenging but they hadn’t received any training to manage their behaviour.

This was breach of Regulation 18 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 (Staffing).

We observed staff providing support to people throughout our inspection visit. We saw they were kind and patient and showed affection towards the people in their care. The atmosphere in the home was relaxed and calm and we saw no evidence of behaviour that challenged the service during our inspection visit.

We spoke with a visiting healthcare professional during our inspection visit. They told us they were happy with the care provided at the home and had no concerns about the staff who worked there. They told us they had never seen anything that would need to be reported the local authority safeguarding team.

We found medication procedures at the home were safe. Medicines were safely kept with appropriate arrangements for storing in place. Staff responsible for the administration of medicines had received training to ensure they had the competency and

Inspection carried out on 1 December 2015

During a routine inspection

This inspection visit took place on 01 December 2015 and was unannounced.

At the last inspection on 01 September 2014 the service was meeting the requirements of the regulations that were inspected at that time.

Waterside Care Home is registered to accommodate 19 older people. The home is an adapted property, which is situated on the promenade at Bispham. The accommodation comprises of 19 single bedrooms, of which 14 have en-suite facilities. A stair lift enables people to gain access between the ground and first floor. At the time of our inspection visit there were 17 people who lived there.

There was a registered manager in place. 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.

We found the registered manager had systems in place to record safeguarding concerns, accidents and incidents and take necessary action as required. Staff had received safeguarding training and understood their responsibilities to report any unsafe care or abusive practices. People we spoke with told us they felt safe and their rights and dignity were respected.

The registered manager understood the requirements of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). This meant they were working within the law to support people who may lack capacity to make their own decisions.

We found recruitment procedures were safe with appropriate checks undertaken before new staff members commenced their employment. Staff spoken with and records seen confirmed they had received induction training when they commenced working at the home. One staff member said, “I found my recruitment very thorough.”

Staff had received training and were knowledgeable about their roles and responsibilities. They had skills, knowledge and experience required to support people with their care and social needs.

We found sufficient staffing levels were in place to provide the support people required. We saw the deployment of staff throughout the day was organised. We saw staff were available to support people when needed and call bells were answered quickly. People told us when they requested assistance this was responded to in a timely manner. One person said, “I haven’t been here very long but I feel happy and safe. I have no concerns about the carers and I think there are sufficient staff on duty both day and night.”

We undertook a tour of the environment and found it was maintained, clean and hygienic. No offensive odours were observed by any members of the inspection team, The registered provider had a refurbishment programme in place to make improvements to the environment. The registered manager informed us some bedrooms were scheduled for new carpets and vanity units to be fitted in the new year.

Equipment used by staff to support people had been maintained and serviced to ensure they were safe for use.

We found care plans were organised and had identified the care and support people required. We saw people or a family member had been involved in the assessment and had consented to the support being provided. We found the care plans were informative about the care people had received. They had been kept under review and updated when necessary to reflect people’s changing needs. People we spoke with said they were happy with their care and they liked living at the home.

Risk assessments had been developed to minimise the potential risk of harm to people during the delivery of their care. These had been kept under review and were relevant to the care being provided.

People told us they were happy with the variety and choice of meals available to them. We saw regular snacks and drinks were provided between meals to ensure people received adequate

Inspection carried out on 2 September 2014

During a routine inspection

During this inspection the Inspector gathered evidence to help answer our five key questions; Is the service caring? Is the service responsive? Is the service safe? Is the service effective? Is the service well led?

Below is a summary of what we found. The summary is based on our observations during the inspection, speaking with people using the service, their relatives, the staff supporting them and from looking at records. We also spoke with Blackpool council’s contracts monitoring team and Healthwatch Blackpool who are an independent consumer champion for health and social care.

If you want to see the evidence supporting our summary please read our full report.

Is the service safe?

People told us they felt safe and their rights and dignity were respected. They told us they were receiving safe and appropriate care which was meeting their needs. Safeguarding procedures were in place and staff understood how to safeguard people they supported.

The home had policies and procedures in relation to the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. Relevant staff understood when an application should be made and in how to submit one. We saw best interest meetings had been held when necessary and these were clearly recorded. The records confirmed safeguarding procedures had been followed and the people had received appropriate support and representation during the meetings. This meant people's rights were safely protected.

The service was safe, clean and hygienic. One person we spoke with said, “The cleaner is very good. My room is spotless.” Equipment had been maintained and serviced regularly ensuring people were not put at unnecessary risk.

Is the service effective?

People’s health and care needs had been assessed with them, and they were involved in writing their plans of care. Specialist dietary needs had been identified where required. People said their care plans were up to date and reflected their current needs. The premises had been sensitively adapted to meet the needs of people with physical impairments.

Care plans had risk assessments completed to identify the potential risk of accidents and harm. Staff members we spoke with confirmed guidance was provided to ensure they provided safe and appropriate care. We found care plans were flexible, regularly reviewed for their effectiveness and changed in recognition of the changing needs of the person.

Is the service caring?

People were supported by kind and attentive staff. We saw care workers showed patience and gave encouragement when supporting people. The people we spoke with were very happy with the care being provided. One person said, “I am very happy here. I prefer to stay in my room in the morning and will go downstairs for lunch. The meals are very good. I will stay downstairs after lunch and join in whatever activities are being organised.” Another person said, “The staff are lovely with me. I wasn’t very well when I moved in to the home but thanks to their care I am feeling much better.”

Care plans had been maintained recording the care and support people were receiving. Good care practices were observed and people told us they were happy with the support they were receiving.

Is the service responsive?

People spoken with said they were happy with their care and had no complaints. Records showed admissions to the home were well planned. Information about people’s care and dietary needs had been recorded. We also saw potential risks to people’s health and welfare had been identified. Guidance had been provided for staff to ensure they provided safe and appropriate care.

We saw people received regular health checks with their General Practitioner and the outcome of these visits were recorded on their care records. We found a range of activities were organised to keep people entertained. People told us they enjoyed the activities organised by the staff. One person said, “We have a good variety of activities organised for us. We have entertainers, trips out, we go for walks and play bingo and dominoes.”

Is the service well-led?

The service had quality assurance systems in place. Records showed that identified problems and opportunities to change things for the better were addressed promptly. As a result the quality of the service was continuously improving. Staff had a good understanding of their roles and responsibilities. People we spoke with said they received a good quality service at all times.

Inspection carried out on 11 June 2013

During a routine inspection

During our inspection we looked at care, staff training records and staff supervision arrangements. We spoke with people living at the home, three staff members and the manager. Care practices were also observed throughout the inspection and we monitored meal times. We did this to confirm people were having their care needs met. We also wanted to identify that appropriate arrangements were in place to support staff members.

The people we spoke with said they were receiving safe and appropriate care which was meeting their needs. One person said, “This is a lovely place. The staff and management are very kind. The staff are always around if you need them. I haven’t a bad word to say about any of them”. Another person said, “The food is marvellous. I have been really surprised by the quality of meals. We are provided with so many choices and we are always being offered drinks and snacks”.

We observed the staff team providing sensitive and flexible personal care support. The staff were kind and patient and showed a good understanding of the needs of the people in their care. We saw meal times were served in a relaxed and unhurried manner. Staff members were observed being attentive to the needs of people who required assistance.

During our inspection we contacted the Blackpool contracts monitoring team. They told us they currently had no concerns with the service being provided by the home.

Inspection carried out on 9 October 2012

During a routine inspection

During our inspection we spoke with some people and observed staff delivering personal care support. We saw people were treated with respect and dignity. We were told the staff team provided sensitive and flexible personal care support and they felt well cared for. The people we spoke with said they felt safe and protected from potential harm. They said they were happy with their care and the staff were responsive to their needs.

We spent time in the dining room/lounge area observing care practices. We saw examples of good practice with staff being responsive and attentive. These confirmed people who required support with their personal care were being treated with respect and dignity. We saw routines were relaxed and the standard of food was very good. The people we spoke with said activities were organised and kept them entertained.

During a tour of the home we observed the building was well maintained, clean and hygienic.

People told us they could express their views and were involved in decision making about their care. They told us they felt listened to when discussing their care needs.

"Very happy with my care. The staff are very kind".

"The food is very good and we have lots of activities".

"I get on very well with the staff. They are always fussing over me".

"No complaints about anything".