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Lavender Court Residential Home Outstanding


Inspection carried out on 18 May 2017

During a routine inspection

Lavender Court is a care home for up to 18 older people, some of whom may be living with dementia. The home is situated in Nafferton, a village close to the town of Driffield, in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Bedrooms are located on the ground, first and second floors and there is a passenger lift to reach the first and second floors. On the day of the inspection there were 18 people living at the home, including one person having respite care.

At the last inspection in March 2015, the service was rated as Good, with Well-led being rated as Outstanding. At this inspection we found that the service was also Outstanding in Effective, making the overall rating Outstanding.

The service was involved in a number of initiatives which promoted people’s wellbeing and enhanced their quality of life. They worked in partnership with other professionals to ensure that care was based on best practice.

The registered manager continued to lead the team with a positive and pro-active style of management, and they went ‘over and above’ their duties and responsibilities.

People were supported to have maximum choice and control over their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible; the policies and systems in the service supported this practice. People had been supported by staff to take part in a research project and one person had felt empowered to take control of their general health following the outcome.

There was a strong emphasis on the importance of eating and drinking well. There were excellent links with dietetic professionals and some people's general well-being had improved as a result of staff following advice from these professionals. The home had continued to improve in this area and had been awarded the silver Nutrition Mission award.

There continued to be sufficient numbers of staff employed to make sure people received the support they needed, and those staff had been safely recruited. People told us they felt safe living at the home.

Staff had continued to receive appropriate training to give them the knowledge and skills they required to carry out their roles. This included training on the administration of medicines and on how to protect people from the risk of harm. Staff were offered a variety of training opportunities to reflect their differing learning styles. They had a number of champions whose role was to drive improvements in care.

Staff were kind, caring, compassionate and patient. They respected people’s privacy and dignity and encouraged them to be as independent as possible.

Care planning described the person and the level of support they required. Care plans were reviewed regularly to ensure they remained an accurate record of the person and their day to day needs.

People were very involved in the local community to the extent they were raising money for a local dance school.

People understood how to express any concerns or complaints but told us they had not needed to make a complaint. People were also given the opportunity to feedback their views of the service provided.

The registered manager carried out audits to ensure people were receiving the care and support that they required, and to monitor that staff were following the policies, procedures and systems in place.

Inspection carried out on 26 March 2015

During a routine inspection

This inspection took place on 26 March 2015 and was unannounced. We previously visited the service on 28 October 2013 and found that the registered provider met the regulations that we assessed.

The service is registered to provide personal care and accommodation for 18 older people who may have a memory impairment. The home is located in Nafferton, a village that is close to the town of Driffield, in the East Riding of Yorkshire. It is close to village amenities. Bedrooms are mostly single and some bedrooms have en-suite facilities.

The registered provider is required to have a registered manager in post and on the day of the inspection there was a manager registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC); they had been registered since 23 April 2013. 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.

People told us that they felt safe living at the home. Staff had completed training on safeguarding adults from abuse and were able to describe to us the action they would take if they had concerns about someone’s safety. They said that they were confident all staff would recognise and report any incidents or allegations of abuse.

We observed good interactions between people who lived at the home, staff and relatives on the day of the inspection. People told us that staff were caring and compassionate and went “Over and above.”

People were supported to make their own decisions and when they were not able to do so, meetings were held to ensure that decisions were made in the person’s best interests. If it was considered that people were being deprived of their liberty, the correct documentation was in place to confirm this had been authorised.

Medicines were administered safely by staff and the arrangements for ordering, storage and recording were robust.

We saw that there were sufficient numbers of staff on duty to meet the needs of people who lived at the home. New staff had been employed following the home’s recruitment and selection policies to ensure that only people considered suitable to work with vulnerable people had been employed. Staff received a thorough induction programme before they worked unsupervised.

People who used the service and relatives told us that staff were effective and skilled. Staff told us that they were happy with the training provided for them, and that they could request additional training if they felt they needed it.

People’s nutritional needs had been assessed and people told us that they were satisfied with the meals provided by the home. People were supported appropriately by staff to eat and drink safely and their special diets were catered for. The home had received an Nutrition Mission award.

There were systems in place to seek feedback from people who lived at the home, relatives, health and social care professionals and staff. People’s comments and complaints were responded to appropriately and people felt that this had led to improvements being made to the service they received.

People who lived at the home, relatives and staff told us that the home was well managed and one relative described the home as “Progressive.” The quality audits undertaken by the registered manager were designed to identify any areas of concern or areas that were unsafe, and there were systems in place to ensure that lessons were learned from any issues identified, and to promote continuous improvement.

Inspection carried out on 28 October 2013

During a routine inspection

We spoke with nine people that used the service, two staff, the deputy manager and two relatives about the service provided at Lavender Court.

We looked at four peoples' case files and observed interactions between people and staff. We found that people and their relatives were involved in the planning and giving of care and that people received the care that met their needs well.

People were satisfied with the care they received. They said, "It's alright living here", "We have to be here to be looked after", "The staff do the very best they can for us, they are alright", "I am quite satisfied sitting here with my music", "I am looked after very well, the staff are courteous and helpful", "I am very happy here, the food is excellent" and "It is quite nice here, the food is very good".

We found that people were well protected from the risk of harm or abuse because the provider had taken steps to prevent abuse from happening and because staff were safely recruited.

We found that while there were minor issues with some environmental comforts, the premises were safe, well maintained and appropriate for the purpose of providing care to older people.

We found that the quality monitoring and assuring system was still in its infancy, but because there was evidence of further future growth within the monitoring system, because the service was only six months old and because there was other evidence that people were satisfied with the service provision, we judged that the provider was compliant with this regulation.