Inspection on 31/05/06 for Cherry Lodge Rest Home
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This inspection was carried out on 31st May 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 has an experienced registered manager who provides management stability, leadership and direction to the staff team. During discussions staff stated ``the manager is approachable, supportive and flexible``. The home values the cultural diversity of service users and one service user from an ethnic minority stated ``I am Roman Catholic and go to church every Sunday which makes me very happy`` and commented ``There is no prejudice``. Staff working at the home appeared motivated and have formed positive relationships with service users and during discussions a service user commented ``staff are very nice, the care is very good, I get well looked after`` and the deputy manager stated ``my priority is the service users and they are well taken care of``. Observations confirmed service users were smartly dressed, had good personal hygiene and relaxed in the comfortable lounge listening to CD`s with support and supervision from staff to promote safety. Meals at the home are good offering variety and choice and during discussions a service user stated ``the food is very good, it is enough for me``.
What has improved since the last inspection?
The provider has made significant investment to make the home comfortable and safe for service users with the installation of double glazing, new gas boilers, furniture and fittings and painting and decorating of service users bedrooms. During discussions a service user stated ``I have been to lots of places, nowhere like this one. It is always very nice and clean``. The provider has purchased and introduced a standardised care planning system based on good practice to ensure service users individual needs are assessed and recorded and the home has met the previous requirements and recommendations which have resulted in improvements in the areas of medications, risk assessments, records and recruitment and vetting practices to protect service users from harm and abuse.
What the care home could do better:
The home needs to review the statement of purpose and service user guide to ensure prospective service users and relatives have up to date information to make an informed choice about admission to the home. The management of medication needs to be strengthened to promote health and menu plans at the home must have input from a dietician to ensure they are adequate to meet the nutritional needs of service users. NVQ (national vocational qualification) training for staff needs to improve to ensure service users are in safe hands at all times and an up to date photograph of employees must be placed in recruitment files to safeguard the welfare of service users. Quality assurance systems need strengthening and the home must carry out a survey of service users and other stakeholders and produce a report to ensure the home is run in the best interest of service users. The arrangements for safe working practices needs to improve and the home must carry out a legionella bacteria test to promote the safety of staff and service users, a copy of the gas safety certificate must be available for inspection and notifications to the CSCI (commission for social care inspection) must be in a standardised format to safeguard the interest of service users.