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Elm House Residential Care Home Good

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Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 21 February 2019

Elm House is a purpose-built building. It lies on a large plot of land, in Nantwich, near to shops and public transport facilities. It has three floors which are accessible via a lift. It is registered to provide accommodation and nursing care for up to 40 people.

At the time of our inspection there were 39 people living there. Many of these people were unable to give us verbal feedback about their views on the service but we observed them and their interactions with staff, during our inspection. We spoke with visitors to the home, so that we had their opinions to support our own observations.

The home requires a registered manager. 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. There was a registered manager in place.

We found that the home was a safe environment for people, who were supported by properly recruited staff who administered their medication correctly and who followed the policies and procedures of the provider. However, people told us that staffing levels were poor and we saw that the building was large and in two wings which, on two of the floors, were not connected. This could mean it was difficult for staff to support people it timely way.

People were treated without discrimination and their human rights were protected and promoted. Staff knew how to safeguard people from abuse and how to report any concerns about this or any other accident or incident.

We saw that all the staff treated people as individuals. The records we saw demonstrated that each care plan was individual to the person it was about. However, whilst the care plans were person centred, the daily records lacked detail as they just gave bland statements. People and their relatives told us they were involved in any reviews about their family member’s care plans.

The building had been purpose-built and it was safe and well maintained.

Staff were well-trained and supervised and had the skills and knowledge to deliver effective support to people living in the home. Staff understood the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and worked with other agencies to ensure that people had the right support. People were enabled 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.

People were treated with kindness and compassion and staff involved them in decision-making about their day-to-day lives. They promoted people’s equality and diversity, gave explanations and information in a way that people could understand and supported people’s well-being and right to privacy.

The people who lived in Elm House could join in with various activities throughout each day.

We saw that the home worked well with other health and social care professionals to provide support to each individual person who lived in Elm House.

The service completed various quality checks and audits including questionnaires to people using it, their relative’s and health and social care professionals.

Further information is in the detailed findings below.

Inspection areas


Requires improvement

Updated 21 February 2019

The service was not always safe.

People told us they did not feel there were enough staff enough staff to meet their needs.

Staff were recruited using safe methods including criminal records checks and references.

Medication was administered safely and the home was maintained well.



Updated 21 February 2019

The service was effective.

The home followed the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and people�s mental capacity assessments were carried out where appropriate.

Staff were trained and competent to support people�s needs.

People�s nutrition and hydration needs were supported and meals were cooked in-house from fresh ingredients.



Updated 21 February 2019

The service was caring.

The staff had a kind and respectful approach.

They involved people and communicated in a way that they could understand.

Staff promoted and ensured people�s privacy and dignity.



Updated 21 February 2019

The service was responsive.

Care was planned in a person-centred way and documents reflect that this.

A range of activities was provided people.

People knew how to complain.



Updated 21 February 2019

The service was well led.

The registered manager was open and transparent.

Staff felt that they were well supported in their roles.

Quality assurance processes and audits ensure that the service continued to improve.