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Blackbrook House Care Home Good

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Date of Inspection: 14 May 2013
Date of Publication: 13 June 2013
Inspection Report published 13 June 2013 PDF

Before people are given any examination, care, treatment or support, they should be asked if they agree to it (outcome 2)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Where they are able, give valid consent to the examination, care, treatment and support they receive.
  • Understand and know how to change any decisions about examination, care, treatment and support that has been previously agreed.
  • Can be confident that their human rights are respected and taken into account.

How this check was done

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 14 May 2013, observed how people were being cared for and checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care. We talked with people who use the service and talked with staff.

We used the Short Observational Framework for Inspection (SOFI). SOFI is a specific way of observing care to help us understand the experience of people who could not talk with us.

Our judgement

Before people received any care or treatment they were asked for their consent and the provider acted in accordance with their wishes.

Reasons for our judgement

Before people received any care or treatment they were asked for their consent and the provider acted in accordance with their wishes.

We looked at care records for three of the fourteen people who lived at Blackbrook House care Home. We saw that all three people had been involved in the development of their care plans which included providing consent and agreement to the provision of care, the administration of medicines and the sharing of information with relevant professionals. Where appropriate mental capacity assessments had been completed to identify whether people had the capacity to make the decision to consent to the details in their care plans and for any specific decisions that were needed to be made.

Care plans provided details about how each person communicated, including non verbal communication, and how they demonstrated that they did or did not agree to the provision of care. For some people, due to their medical conditions, their capacity to make decisions and consent to care fluctuated. There was clear guidance in the care plans about how people’s capacity to make decisions fluctuated and the support they needed to assist them in making decisions.

Discussion with members of staff demonstrated that they had a good understanding that people living at the home needed to consent to the provision of care. Staff described how they gained people’s consent to the provision care and how they would support people with impaired or fluctuating capacity with decision making.

Training records detailed that training about the Mental Capacity Act and decision making was provided to members of staff at the home.

We spoke with two of the people who lived at the home. They both told us that members of staff gave the support and care they wanted and agreed to. Both told us that they had been involved in the planning of their care and had agreed and with the details in their care plan documents and had given their permission for members of staff to provide them with care and support.