Inspection on 20/07/06 for Astley Hall Nursing Home
Also see our care home review for Astley Hall Nursing Home for more information
This inspection was carried out on 20th July 2006.
CSCI has not published a star rating for this report, though using similar criteria we estimate that the report is Good. The way we rate inspection reports is consistent for all houses, though please be aware that this may be different from an official CSCI judgement.
The inspector made no statutory requirements on the home as a result of this inspection and there were no outstanding actions from the previous inspection report.
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What the care home does well
The home provides a clean well-maintained environment for the residents with pleasant personalised bedrooms. It is situated in superb grounds and countryside. The staff are courteous and well trained. They relate well to the residents in a kindly and encouraging manner. Residents` personal and health needs are well attended to and a programme of activities and stimulation is under review. The management is stable and well organised. Relatives and residents comment favourably on the standard of care provided/received and the kindness of the staff.
What has improved since the last inspection?
The tasks set following the last inspection had all been carried out. An activities programme had been developed and was now under review to ensure the variety of events provided continued to be suitable and interesting to the residents. Care records were well maintained and reviewed so that staff had guidance and information to enable them to provide the care residents needed. The lounge and dining area upstairs, corridors and many bedrooms had been redecorated and a rolling programme of redecoration continued in progress.
What the care home could do better:
More detail should be available to staff so that they are able to support the residents with their religious needs. It is acknowledged that end of life care is a sensitive subject. However staff need to know the wishes of the residents and their families at this important time in order to be able to help effectively and therefore need to continuously seek their co-operation in supplying the information. The recruitment procedure must always be followed in full so that residents are protected from the appointment of unsuitable people. The laundry is in need of modernisation. In the interim the floor must be repaired to ensure all possible measures are being taken to address infection control risks and a risk assessment must be drawn up and complied with so that staff carry loads up and down to the laundry in safety. The frequency of Fire Safety Training must be increased in line with the guidance given by the Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority to ensure staff are able to protect the people in the home.