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Holmside Residential Care Home Good

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Inspection carried out on 15 July 2019

During a routine inspection

About the service

Holmside Residential Care Home provides accommodation and nursing or personal care for older people, some of who are living with dementia. The home has been significantly extended and provides ensuite rooms over two floors and a large, multifunctional communal space. The service is registered to support up to 39 people. At the time of the inspection 39 people were living at the home.

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

Systems around assessing, monitoring and minimising risk had been improved. People’s care records contained risk assessments and care plans reflected these risks. Staff were aware of safeguarding issues and how to report concerns. People were supported by staff who had been safely recruited and subject to checks. Medicines were managed in line with national guidance. The home was maintained in a clean and tidy manner. The registered manager and staff had worked hard to learn lessons from the previous inspection and improve outcomes for people living at the service.

People’s needs had been assessed and care was being delivered in a safe manner and with regard equality and diversity. Staff had access to a range of training and received regular supervisions and appraisals. People were supported to maintain a balanced diet and had ready access to drinks. They were supported to access health services to help maintain their wellbeing. The service was acting within the guidance of the Mental Capacity Act and people’s consent was obtained in an appropriate manner.

People and relatives told us staff were caring and supportive and we observed good relations between staff and people. People were supported to express their views and make choices. Staff had a good awareness of personal preferences and people as individuals.

People told us staff respected their privacy and dignity and helped promote their independence. The service had appointed a dignity champion to assist people and staff in this area.

Detail in people’s care records had improved since the previous inspection. Records now contained sufficient information to allow staff to deliver good quality care. There was some evidence that people’s communication needs had been considered, although we spoke with the registered manager about ways to further develop this. A range of activities were available and people were supported to maintain social contacts. Complaints had been dealt with appropriately. People’s end of life wishes had been considered and recorded.

Improvements in the quality monitoring and auditing process had been instigated to help improve and maintain the standard of care people received. Staff were clear about their roles. The service had a number of champions to ensure care delivery was up to date and person centred. Staff told us they were well supported by the registered manager and senior staff. The service worked co-operatively with outside agencies.

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Rating at last inspection:

The last rating for this service was requires improvement (published 20 July 2018).

The provider completed an action plan after the last inspection to show what they would do and by when to improve. At this inspection we found improvements had been made and the provider was no longer in breach of regulations.

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 carried out on 11 June 2018

During a routine inspection

This inspection took place on 11 and 12 June 2018 and was unannounced. This was the first inspection of this service under the current provider.

Holmside Residential Care Home 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. The home is registered to provide support for up to 39 people over two storey accommodation. Nursing care is not provided. At the time of the inspection there were 35 people using the service, including three people who were staying at the home on a short term basis.

The home had a registered manager who had been registered since May 2017. 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.

People told us they were safe living at the home and we found safeguarding issues had been dealt with appropriately and referred to the local safeguarding vulnerable adults team. Maintenance of the premises had been undertaken and safety certificates were available. Three window restrictors were missing. These had been removed for maintenance and we were later told they had been replaced. Accidents and incidents were recorded and monitored. However, there was limited evidence to show these issues were looked at in terms of prevention and ‘lessons learned.’

A range of checks and risk assessments were in place at the home. At night time there were three staff on duty and the registered manager had assessed how quickly an evacuation to a safe zone in the home could be made. We found these estimates of time to be over optimistic and that risks associated with night time emergencies had not been fully considered. Risks associated with care delivery were not always fully considered and not effectively documented in care plans.

Suitable recruitment procedures and checks were in place, to ensure staff had the right skills. All staff had been subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). People and staff members told us there were enough staff on duty at the home during the day. The registered manager used a dependency tool to help determine staffing levels.

Medicines at the home were managed appropriately. Medicines were safely stored and regular checks were made on stock levels and administration. We observed the home was maintained in a clean and tidy manner.

Staff had an understanding of issues related to equality and diversity and what it meant for people using the service. They told us they had access to a range of training and records confirmed this. They confirmed they had access to regular supervision and an annual appraisal.

The CQC monitors the operation of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). DoLS are part of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA). These safeguards aim to make sure people are looked after in a way that does not inappropriately restrict their freedom. We found the registered manager had a system in place to monitor and review DoLS applications. People were asked for their consent on a day to day basis. Where this was not possible there was some evidence of best interests decisions being made. Where relatives held lasting power of attorney or had been appointed deputies by the Court of Protection this was recorded in people’s file.

People were happy with the quality and range of meals and drinks provided at the home. Special diets were catered for and staff had knowledge of people’s individual dietary requirements. People’s health and wellbeing was monitored and there was regular access to general practitioners and other specialist health staff. Health professionals told us the home was proactive in monit