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Lovedean Homecare Limited

Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

49 London Road, Cowplain, Waterlooville, PO8 8UJ (023) 9225 0227

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Lovedean Homecare Limited

Important: The provider of this service changed - see old profile

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Background to this inspection

Updated 13 January 2023

The inspection

We carried out this inspection under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (the Act) as part of our regulatory functions. We checked whether the provider was meeting the legal requirements and regulations associated with the Act. We looked at the overall quality of the service and provided a rating for the service under the Health and Social Care Act 2008.

Inspection team

The inspection was carried out by one inspector and an Expert by Experience. An Expert by Experience is a person who has personal experience of using or caring for someone who uses this type of care service.

Service and service type

This service is a domiciliary care agency. It provides personal care to people living in their own houses and flats.

Registered Manager

This provider is required to have a registered manager to oversee the delivery of regulated activities at this location. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission to manage the service. Registered managers and providers are legally responsible for how the service is run, for the quality and safety of the care provided and compliance with regulations.

At the time of our inspection there was a registered manager in post.

Notice of inspection

We gave the service a 48 hours’ notice of the inspection. This was because it is a small service and we needed to be sure that the provider or registered manager would be in the office to support the inspection.

What we did before the inspection

We reviewed information we had received about the service since the last inspection. We sought feedback from the local authority and professionals who work with the service. We used the information the provider sent us in the provider information return (PIR). This is information providers are required to send us annually with key information about their service, what they do well, and improvements they plan to make. We used all this information to plan our inspection.

During the inspection

We reviewed a range of records. These included care records for 4 people and multiple medication records. We looked at 3 staff files in relation to recruitment and staff supervision. A variety of records relating to the management of the service, including policies and procedures, were also reviewed.

After the inspection

We continued to seek clarification from the provider to validate evidence found. We spoke with 6 people and 6 people’s relatives to obtain their feedback on quality of care provided by Lovedean Homecare Limited. We contacted 8 members of staff.

Overall inspection


Updated 13 January 2023

About the service

Lovedean Homecare Limited is a domiciliary care agency. It provides personal care to people living in their own houses and flats in the community. It offers a service to older and younger adults, including people living with dementia, physical disabilities and sensory impairments. Not everyone who used the service received personal care. CQC only inspects where people receive personal care, which is help with tasks related to personal hygiene and eating. Where they do, we also consider any wider social care provided. At the time of our inspection 40 people were receiving personal care from the service.

People’s experience of using this service and what we found

The service was extremely responsive to people’s needs which were complex and tended to change. We were repeatedly told on numerous occasions about instances where the service had gone above and beyond of what was expected of them.

People and their relatives were delighted with the kindness and thoughtfulness of staff, which exceeded their expectations of how people would be cared for and supported. People explained how staff went the extra mile for them and assured us they couldn't ask for anything more. People told us the support they received significantly improved their well-being.

People were promised they would never be cared for by a stranger and new staff were always introduced prior to supporting people by familiar staff or the registered manager. All staff employed were local which helped them to build strong and trusting relationship with people. People told us and their relatives confirmed that people felt valued by staff who respected their privacy and dignity and these principles were central to the service ethos. Staff were sensitive to people's lifestyle choices in their own homes.

The service was extremely responsive to people’s needs and wishes even if the support people needed proved to exceed the contracted hours. People told us that staff went over and above the call of duty. People also said this made a profound difference to their lives.

People received safe care from staff who had been trained to protect people and identify signs of abuse. Risk assessments were implemented and reflected the current level of risk to people. Staff understood their responsibilities to report any concerns and followed the provider's policies in relation to safeguarding and whistleblowing.

There were enough staff to keep people safe and appropriate arrangements were in place for emergency staff cover. Recruitment processes were designed to ensure only suitable staff were selected to work with people.

Staff managed medicines consistently and safely. People and their relatives told us that people received their medicines at the times they needed them and they were happy with the support they received.

There was a strong framework of accountability and people were consistently involved in developing and evaluating the service they received. Staff performance was monitored through regular spot checks and observed supervisions. People were regularly asked for their feedback. Action was taken in response to people's feedback and when staff performance required improvement.

People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff provided them with care in the least restrictive way possible. The policies and systems in the service promoted this practice.

Care plans were personalised and centred on people's preferences, views and experiences as well as their care and support needs. People's history, family relationships and religious and cultural needs were taken into account.

The provider conducted regular quality checks and identified actions to enhance the service. The registered manager was devoted to providing people with such care so that they were able to live as independently as possible in their own homes. The manager involved staff in promoting an open and positive culture. Staff knew how to put the aims and values of the service into practice so people received personalised care. Staff, people and their relatives spoke positively about the registered manager.

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

Rating at last inspection

This service was registered with us on 12 March 2019 and this is the first inspection. The last rating for the service under the previous provider was good, published on 1 June 2016.

Why we inspected

This inspection was prompted by a review of the information we held about this service.

Follow up

We will continue to monitor information we receive about the service, which will help inform when we next inspect.