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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 25 November 2013
Date of Publication: 11 January 2014
Inspection Report published 11 January 2014 PDF | 73.9 KB

People should be cared for in a clean environment and protected from the risk of infection (outcome 8)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Providers of services comply with the requirements of regulation 12, with regard to the Code of Practice for health and adult social care on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance.

How this check was done

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 25 November 2013, talked with people who use the service and talked with staff.

Our judgement

People were protected from the risk of infection because appropriate guidance had been followed.

People were cared for in a clean, hygienic environment.

Reasons for our judgement

The provider had an infection control policy which covered all relevant areas.

In an inspection of the home we found all areas to be clean and free from offensive smells. We also found that cleaning schedules were in place and that cleaning was undertaken during the day and at night.

We found there were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. We found that cleanliness was checked as part of a monthly health and safety audit. The care home manager also undertook checks on the cleanliness of the home.

We reviewed the information provided to staff, people who used the service and visitors to the home. There were signs which asked people to wash their hands and explained why they should do so. There were hand washing soaps and gels in the bathrooms and toilets. We reviewed the minutes of staff meetings which showed that infection control was a standing item for discussion. We also spoke with a care worker who had received training in infection control.

Information on infection control was not provided to people who used the service in a pictographic format. However, the nurse on duty told us they were in the process of producing a leaflet for people in a pictographic format.