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Inspection carried out on 27 May 2021

During a routine inspection

About the service

Wasdale Court is a care home providing support and accommodation for up to nine younger adults with a learning disability or with autistic spectrum disorder, physical disability, or mental health, some people may live with multiple conditions at the same time. On the day of inspection there were five people at the service.

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

We expect health and social care providers to guarantee autistic people and people with a learning disability the choices, dignity, independence and good access to local communities that most people take for granted. Right Support, right care, right culture is the statutory guidance which supports CQC to make assessments and judgements about services providing support to people with a learning disability and/or autistic people.

This service was able to demonstrate how they were meeting the underpinning principles of right support, right care, right culture. The model of care and support provided to people living at the home maximised their choice, control and independence. People were involved in all aspects of their care and future planning. Care provided at the home was centred around the person and promoted people’s dignity, privacy and human rights. The ethos, values, attitudes and behaviours of the management team and support staff ensured people lead confident, inclusive and empowered lives.

People were kept safe from the risk of abuse and avoidable harm. Staff were recruited safely and there were enough staff to keep people safe. People received their medicines on time and as prescribed and staff followed good infection control practices.

People were supported to purchase, prepare and cook their own meals and snacks. The home was specially adapted to meet people's diverse needs and the décor of individual bedrooms reflected people's different preferences.

People's needs were thoroughly assessed, and staff used this information to provide people with the right care in a way they preferred. Staff supported people to engage in meaningful activities and avoid social isolation.

The home was warm and welcoming, and staff demonstrated a genuine desire to support people to the best of their abilities.

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; the policies and systems in the service supported this practice.

People's support focused on them having as many opportunities as possible for them to gain new skills and become more independent.

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

Why we inspected

This was a planned inspection due to this being the service’s first inspection.

We looked at infection prevention and control measures under the Safe key question. We look at this in all care home inspections even if no concerns or risks have been identified. This is to provide assurance that the service can respond to COVID-19 and other infection outbreaks effectively.

Follow up

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