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Down Lodge Residential Care Home Good

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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 1 November 2018

This inspection took place on 11 October 2018 and was unannounced.

Down Lodge 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. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulates both the premises and the care provided, and both were looked at during this inspection.

Down Lodge Residential Care Home accommodates up to 16 older people in one adapted building. There were 15 people at the service at the time of inspection, some of whom were living with dementia.

At our last inspection, we rated the service good. At this inspection, we found the evidence continued to support the rating of good and there was no evidence or information from our inspection and ongoing monitoring that demonstrated serious risks or concerns. This inspection report is written in a shorter format because our overall rating of the service has not changed since our last inspection.

The service had a registered manager in place at the time of our inspection. 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 also the provider. They took a prominent role in the day to day running of the service. The registered manager had a good rapport with people, approaching them with kindness and humour. The registered manager understood their regulatory responsibilities and was experienced and knowledgeable in their role.

There was a calm, warm and friendly atmosphere in the home. There were sufficient numbers of suitably skilled and qualified staff in place. The provider had recruitment processes in place to identify suitable candidates for the role. Staff were well acquainted with people’s needs and were given the opportunity to spend meaningful time with people throughout the day.

People’s care plans reflected how they would like to receive care. The registered manager had developed these plans using information from people, relatives and healthcare professionals.

The provider had an electronic care planning and monitoring system in place. This system was used to effectively monitor people to help ensure changes to people’s health and wellbeing could be quickly assessed.

Staff received training which was relevant to their role. The registered manager monitored staff’s ongoing performance and there were systems in place to ensure staff understood their responsibilities and duties.

People were treated with dignity and respect. Staff understood people’s individual preferences and needs with care organised to help ensure these needs were met. When people received care at the end of their lives, they were given compassionate support which reflected their needs and preferences.

There were a range of activities which people could take part in and people were able to give feedback to the registered manager to suggest new things to do.

Staff understood the need to gain appropriate consent to care. People were 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.

The home was a clean, hygienic environment, which was suitable for people’s needs. The registered manager carried out a series of audits and checks to help maintain the safety of the environment and the quality of care.

Risks to people’s health were assessed and mitigated. The registered manager assessed people’s needs to help ensure appropriate plans of care were in place. People had access to healthcare services when required and the provider had established effective working partnerships with other stakeholders to promote people’s wellbeing. People fol

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 1 November 2018

The service remains good.

Effective

Good

Updated 1 November 2018

The service remains good.

Caring

Good

Updated 1 November 2018

The service remains good.

Responsive

Good

Updated 1 November 2018

The service remains good.

Well-led

Good

Updated 1 November 2018

The service remains good.