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Litch Care Services Limited Requires improvement

This service was previously registered at a different address - see old profile

Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Requires improvement

Updated 31 October 2017

This inspection took place on 30 and 31 August 2017 and was announced. The provider was given 24 hours’ notice because the location provides domiciliary care services; we needed to be sure that someone would be in. Litch Care Services provides community support and personal care to people in their own homes. At the time of the inspection, four people were receiving a service from the provider. This was the first comprehensive inspection of the service following registration.

There was a registered manager in post at the time of the inspection. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) 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’s medicines were not always managed safely. People were supported by staff to reduce the risk of harm. However, this was not always clearly documented in their care plans. Staff understood how to safeguard people from the risk of potential abuse. However, risks of potential abuse were not always reported to the appropriate agencies. People received their support at the times they needed it and from consistent staff. People were supported by staff who had been safely recruited.

Where people lacked capacity to consent they were not having their capacity assessed and the registered manager was not checking those signing consent on behalf of people had the right legal status. People told us they thought staff had the skills required to support them. Staff told us they had an induction with training and the registered manager said this would be updated on a regular basis. People were supported by staff to eat and drink sufficient amounts to promote their health. When needed people were assisted to access relevant healthcare services.

People told us staff were caring. People were able to make decisions about their care and staff supported them to make choices. People were supported in a way which maintained their independence. People’s privacy and dignity was respected by staff.

People were involved in the assessments of their care needs and had regular care reviews. People told us that staff understood their preferences for how care and support was delivered. However, this was not always detailed in peoples care plans. People understood how to make a complaint and there were systems in place to ensure complaints were appropriately investigated and responded to.

The systems in place to check the quality of the service and ensure people’s needs had been met; were not always effective. People and staff said they found the registered manager was approachable and they felt able to share their views about the service.

Inspection areas

Safe

Requires improvement

Updated 31 October 2017

The service was not always safe.

People were not always supported to take their prescribed medicines safely. People receiving topical creams did not have accurate records in place.

People were not always protected from harm as safeguarding matters were not always reported to the appropriate body.

People were supported to manage risks to their safety. However, guidance for staff was not always clearly documented in people�s care plans.

People were supported by sufficient numbers of staff and received care from a consistent staff team.

Effective

Requires improvement

Updated 31 October 2017

The service was not always effective.

People were not supported in line with the principles of the Mental Capacity Act.

People were supported by skilled staff that had regular updates to their training.

People were supported to eat and drink sufficient amounts.

People had support to access healthcare professionals when required.

Caring

Good

Updated 31 October 2017

The service was caring.

People had support from staff that were kind and caring.

People were able to choose and make decisions about their care and support.

People were supported to maintain their independence.

People were supported in a way that maintained their privacy and dignity.

Responsive

Requires improvement

Updated 31 October 2017

The service was not always responsive.

People were involved in their assessment and care planning and staff understood their needs and preferences. However, some improvements were needed to ensure that people�s preferences and assessed needs were detailed in care plans to ensure staff had sufficient guidance to provide individualised care.

People understood how to make a complaint and received a response.

Well-led

Requires improvement

Updated 31 October 2017

The service was not always well led.

The systems in place to check the quality of the service were not consistently effective.

People and staff told us they were able to approach the registered manager.

People were able to share their views about the quality of the service.