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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 7 September 2019

About the service: This service provides personal care, predominantly to older people living in their own homes. There were 25 people using the service during our inspection.

Not everyone who used the service received personal care. CQC only inspects where people receive personal care. This is help with tasks related to personal hygiene and eating. Where they do we also consider any wider social care provided.

People’s experience of using this service:

We received positive feedback about Helping Hands Dartford. Comments from people and their relatives included, “Staff are good at keeping in contact if they are stuck in traffic.” “We have a great relationship with my carers.” “The manager matched really good carers to my relative’s needs.” “The best care staff I have ever had.”

People had an initial assessment before they received a service and the assessment was used to produce a care plan personalised to them. Documentation in the care plans was fully completed. A person-centred approach had been taken in the care planning process to promote the importance of staff accessing individual information about people, which was documented.

An assessment of risks took place for each person and risk control measures were put into place to help keep people safe and prevent harm. Environmental risks inside and outside people’s homes were documented to minimise the risk from potential hazards.

Risk management systems included minimising the risks of infection. Staff received training about infection control and were provided with the personal protective equipment they needed for their roles. For example, disposable gloves.

Accidents and incidents were logged on a computerised monitoring system. A lessons learnt approach was taken following up on incidents to identify themes and prevent future occurrences.

Medicines administration was monitored and overseen by the registered manager. Staff received training and followed an up to date policy so that people received their medicines in a safe way.

A safeguarding policy with the information staff would need to follow if they had concerns about people was available. People told us they felt safe and knew who they would talk to if they did not.

People did not require the assistance of staff to manage their health care needs as they took care of this themselves with support from the NHS GP's and community nursing teams. However, staff received awareness training about the conditions people lived with so that staff understood how the conditions could affect people.

People were supported with their nutrition and hydration needs where necessary. People’s relatives took responsibility for this for most people.

The provider and registered manager followed safe recruitment practices to recruit suitable staff. Enough staff were available to be able to run an effective service and be responsive to people’s needs. Staff had a suitable induction period when they were new, where they were introduced to people before they started to support them.

Staff were informed about current practice through staff meetings and by being updated with organisational information and new health and social care guidance.

End of life care was not being provided at the time of the inspection.

The registered provider had a set of values the staff understood and included protecting people's human rights.

The provider had an up to date complaints procedure and people and their relatives told us they would know how to make a complaint if they needed to.

Quality auditing processes included asking people who used the service for their views. The registered manager and provider effectively used their quality audit system to plan improvement to the service. The management benefited from learning and meeting with other managers within the organisation.

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 system

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 7 September 2019

The service was safe

Details are in our Safe findings below

Effective

Good

Updated 7 September 2019

The service was effective

Details are in our Effective findings below

Caring

Good

Updated 7 September 2019

The service was caring

Details are in our Caring findings below

Responsive

Good

Updated 7 September 2019

The service was responsive

Details are in our Responsive findings below

Well-led

Good

Updated 7 September 2019

The service was Well Led

Details are in our Well Led findings below