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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 20 November 2020

Tremethick House is a residential care home providing personal care and accommodation for up to 42 people, some of whom are living with dementia. At the time of the inspection 39 people were receiving support.

We found the following examples of good practice:

• The service allowed people to meet visitors in a designated visitor’s room. The room had an external door which meant that visitors did not need to enter the rest of the building, subsequently minimising the risk of cross infection. When visitors did need to go around the rest of the building (for example if a person is receiving end of life care, or if contractors visit the service,) rigorous procedures were in place. All visitors were currently required to ring beforehand. Visitors were required to wear masks, and as necessary other personal protective equipment (PPE) to minimise the risk of infection to people and staff. These measures ensured the risk of infection was minimised.

• Staff had helped people to stay in touch with family and friends through phone calls, and through the internet. The owner of the service sent out a newsletter approximately once a month to people’s family and friends to keep them updated about life at the service. Staff assisted people to use IT and the telephone as necessary. Additional IT equipment had been purchased to assist people to keep in touch with family and friends.

• The service had identified an area of the building which could be used for people should they need to isolate, and /or who were admitted to the service. This ensured there was minimal risk from infection to other people at the service.

• Suitable testing routines had been arranged for staff and people who used the service. The registered manager said both staff and people who used the service had been happy to participate in regular testing.

• Robust admission procedures were in place, for example, the service required documentary evidence of Covid-19 test results before people moved in, followed by a period of self-isolation.

• The service was providing a range of social activities for people to help to keep them entertained and occupied. The service had dedicated activities staff to provide one to one, and group activities. Some outings, organised according to government guidelines, were arranged so some people were still able to go out.

• Staff had received suitable training and guidance regarding infection control, and how to respond to the Covid 19 pandemic. During the inspection we observed staff demonstrating suitable knowledge of good infection control practice. Other staff training had also been maintained.

• The service had comprehensive policies and procedures in respect of Covid 19 and its implications on the running of the service. From our discussions and observations these had been effectively implemented.

• The service was clean. Effective cleaning routines were implemented to ensure infection control risks were minimised and people were kept safe. Suitable cleaning routines were in place to help keep hygiene standards to a good standard.

• Suitable staffing levels were maintained at the service. Where necessary bank staff, employed by the registered provider, were used for example to cover staff sickness. Bank staff were required to complete appropriate training, and participate in regular testing, to minimise the risk of cross infection. Staff working across services managed by the provider was kept to a minimum.

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 20 November 2020

We were assured the service were following safe infection prevention and control procedures to keep people safe.

Effective

Good

Updated 20 November 2020

Caring

Good

Updated 20 November 2020

Responsive

Requires improvement

Updated 20 November 2020

Well-led

Good

Updated 20 November 2020