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River Lodge

Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

35 Stapenhill Road, Burton On Trent, Staffordshire, DE15 9AE (01283) 533759

Provided and run by:
Lifeways Community Care Limited

Important: The provider of this service changed. See old profile

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Background to this inspection

Updated 8 March 2023

The inspection

We carried out this inspection under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (the Act) as part of our regulatory functions. We checked whether the provider was meeting the legal requirements and regulations associated with the Act. We looked at the overall quality of the service and provided a rating for the service under the Health and Social Care Act 2008.

As part of this inspection we looked at the infection control and prevention measures in place. This was conducted so we can understand the preparedness of the service in preventing or managing an infection outbreak, and to identify good practice we can share with other services.

Inspection team

The inspection was carried out by 1 inspector.

Service and service type

River Lodge is a ‘care home’. People in care homes receive accommodation and nursing and/or personal care as a single package under one contractual agreement dependent on their registration with us. River Lodge is a care home without nursing care. CQC regulates both the premises and the care provided, and both were looked at during this inspection.

Registered Manager

This provider is required to have a registered manager to oversee the delivery of regulated activities at this location. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission to manage the service. Registered managers and providers are legally responsible for how the service is run, for the quality and safety of the care provided and compliance with regulations.

At the time of our inspection there was a registered manager in post.

Notice of inspection

This inspection was unannounced.

What we did before inspection

We reviewed information we had received about the service since the last inspection. We sought feedback from the local authority and professionals who work with the service. We used the information the provider sent us in the provider information return (PIR). This is information providers are required to send us annually with key information about their service, what they do well, and improvements they plan to make. We used all this information to plan our inspection.

During the inspection

We spoke with 1 person who used the service and 3 relatives about their experience of the care provided. We spoke with 6 members of staff including the registered manager, the area manager, the deputy manager and care support workers.

We reviewed a range of records. This included 4 people’s care records and medication records. We looked at 4 staff files in relation to recruitment and staff supervision. A variety of records relating to the management of the service, including policies and procedures were reviewed.

Overall inspection


Updated 8 March 2023

We expect health and social care providers to guarantee autistic people and people with a learning disability the choices, dignity, independence and good access to local communities that most people take for granted. Right support, right care, right culture is the statutory guidance which supports CQC to make assessments and judgements about services providing support to people with a learning disability and/or autistic people.

The service was able to demonstrate how they were meeting underpinning principles of Right support, right care, right culture.

About the service

River Lodge is a residential care home providing personal care. At the time of our inspection the home was providing personal care to 8 people who have a learning disability and or autistic spectrum disorder. The service can support up to 8 people in an adapted building.

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

Right Support:

People were at the heart of their own care and support. Staff supported people in a way which safely managed risk, but ensured people were able to live as independently as possible to enhance people’s quality of life. Staff provided effective support to help people live their life as they wished. People, where possible were supported to have ownership over their medicines, and practices had been improved to ensure medicines were managed safely. 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.

Right Care:

People were supported by staff who were caring and knew people’s needs well. Care plans were detailed and individualised and helped staff acknowledge what was important to people. Staff supported people in a way which was person-centred and focused on people’s strengths and abilities. Staff were trained and knew how to keep people safe. Staffing levels had been tailored to ensure people received personalised and effective support.

Right Culture:

There was a positive culture in the home which focused on people receiving a high standard of care to enable them to live fulfilled lives. People were involved in their care and treated as individuals with respect and dignity. The registered manager and management team were committed to making River Lodge a nice place to live and were passionate about ensuring people received tailored and compassionate care.

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

Rating at last inspection and update

The last rating for this service was requires improvement (published 5 July 2021). 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 inspection was prompted by a review of the information we held about this service. As a result, we undertook a focused inspection to review the key questions of safe and well-led only.

We looked at infection prevention and control measures under the Safe key question. We look at this in all care home inspections even if no concerns or risks have been identified. This is to provide assurance that the service can respond to COVID-19 and other infection outbreaks effectively.

For those key questions not inspected, we used the ratings awarded at the last inspection to calculate the overall rating. The overall rating for the service has changed from requires improvement to good based on the findings of this inspection.

You can read the report from our last comprehensive inspection, by selecting the ‘all reports’ link for River Lodge on our website at www.cqc.org.uk.

Follow up

We will continue to monitor information we receive about the service, which will help inform when we next inspect.