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Archived: Caremark Leicester

Overall: Requires improvement read more about inspection ratings

4 High View Close, Vantage Point, Leicester, LE4 9LJ (0116) 268 1010

Provided and run by:
SVK Care Ltd

All Inspections

29 October 2019

During a routine inspection

About the service

Caremark Leicester is a domiciliary care service providing personal care to people in their own homes. At the time of the inspection the registered manager confirmed the service was providing personal care to 12 people.

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 and what we found

Care plans and risk assessments to help ensure people were safe were not always in place to do this. People felt safe with staff from the service. Staff understood how to protect people from the risk of harm and understood potential signs of abuse. Staff went through a recruitment process so that the provider only employed suitable staff.

People received their prescribed medicines, though there were a small number of gaps in medicine recording. People not been fully protected from the risk of infections through staff working practices. Staff undertook induction training that supported them to have the knowledge and skills to provide care to meet people’s needs, though more specialist training was needed.

Staff knew people well. People had usually developed positive relationships with staff which helped to ensure support to meet their needs, though this was not always the case. Staff respected people’s privacy and dignity and encouraged people to be as independent as possible.

People or their representatives were involved and consulted when drawing up their care plans but not consistently consulted through care reviews when making changes to how their support was provided. Staff knew and understood the needs of the people using the service and care was provided based on their assessed needs. Staff were responsive to changes in people's needs to ensure people received timely help to maintain their health and well-being. People did not always receive continuity of care which made them anxious about having too many different staff providing care to them.

People and relatives knew how to raise any concerns or make a complaint. The provider had a policy and procedure which involved investigation and solutions to put things right. This provided information about how these would be managed and responded to. However, it was not always clear that peoples’ or relatives concerns had been recorded and acted on.

Systems were in place to monitor the quality of care and support people experienced through quality assurance systems and processes to make improvements in the service, though not all services had been quality assessed to ensure high quality care provision. Issues such as continuity of care and the length of call times needed action.

Some people, relatives and staff spoke positively about the day-to-day management of the service, though this was not consistent. People said staff were usually friendly and caring, and they had good relationships with them, though this was not always the case. The service worked in partnership with external agencies to try to ensure people achieved good outcomes from their care and support.

People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible and in their best interests

People were provided with care and support that ensured they had good nutrition and hydration. They had access to healthcare that maintained their health and wellbeing. People were supported to have choice and control of their lives and staff supported them to do this.

Rating at last inspection:

This is the first rating for the service under the new ownership.

Why we inspected:

This was a planned inspection based on our inspection timetable of inspecting new services.

Follow up:

We will continue to monitor intelligence we receive about the service until we return to visit as per our re-inspection programme. If any concerning information is received, we may inspect sooner.

For more details, please see the full report which is on the CQC website at www.cqc.org.uk