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Oldfield House Residential Care Home

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Inspection Summary

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Updated 14 January 2021

Oldfield House is a residential care home in Darwen offering care and accommodation to older people and people living with dementia. The home can accommodate up to 18 people in single rooms. At the time of this inspection there were 18 people living in the home.

We had received concerns which alleged staff were not following social distancing guidelines and were not using personal protective equipment (PPE) properly. We saw some images on a social media platform where staff were seen to be closer than recommended by government guidelines. Not all staff in the photographs were wearing face masks. We discussed this with the manager and sought assurances about the homes infection prevention and control practices.

The manager explained some staff had removed their masks for the photograph and replaced them straight after. The manager accepted staff had not followed safe social distancing guidelines and again said this had been for the purposes of the photograph.

We observed during the inspection some staff did not have their masks on properly. We noted this was when they were walking down the corridors and not when in close contact with people living in the home.

We made a recommendation that the manager reinforces the provider's infection prevention and control policies and procedures with staff to support them to understand and follow effective infection prevention and control practice which reflects current government guidance.

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