Inspection on 08/06/06 for Franklyn Lodge 8 Forty Lane
Also see our care home review for Franklyn Lodge 8 Forty Lane for more information
This inspection was carried out on 8th June 2006.
CSCI has not published a star rating for this report, though using similar criteria we estimate that the report is Adequate. 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 found there to be outstanding requirements from the previous inspection report. These are things the inspector asked to be changed, but found they had not done. The inspector also made 9 statutory requirements (actions the home must comply with) as a result of this inspection.
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What the care home does well
Three service users were able to give positive feedback about the home. One said that it is a happy home. Observations found that service users generally appeared calm and content in the home. Service users receive good support to access and use community facilities, and to pursue individual lifestyles within the home. There is focus on the development of their skills. The home itself is spacious, includes an activities room with appropriate equipment, and has individual bedrooms that have toilet and shower facilities. Standards were judged as exceeded in the areas of supervision (36) and management (37) due to good feedback from staff and managers, and supporting records. The are strong management systems in support of staff, such as through very regular staff meetings and supervisions, and these were seen to positively benefit service users. The manager additionally has many years` experience of residential care for people with learning disabilities, and has a number of relevant qualifications.
What has improved since the last inspection?
The recording of medication administration, a requirement at the last inspection, was now seen to be at a suitable standard. The home has had a number of service users move in since the last inspection. They generally appeared to be settled-in. There was reasonable evidence to show that the home helps to improve the lifestyles of service users, for instance with reducing anxieties and challenging behaviours, and developing skills. There are now always enough staff working on each shift to ensure that at least half of them have the relevant NVQ qualification, in addition to the majority of permanent staff having achieved the qualification.
What the care home could do better:
It remained for there to be suitable space to suitably store all medications. One part of the medication cupboard was found to be sticky from a leak from a tilted bottle that could not be stored upright. Suitable space must be provided, and the space must be kept clean, for hygiene purposes. There were also a few old medications that must be disposed of, to ensure that they could not be mistakenly given to anyone. Some maintenance and health & safety issues were identified for improvement. These included for an update of the professional fire system check, for some broken kitchen equipment to be fixed, and for the dining room carpet to be thoroughly cleaned of ingrained stains. Improvements were also needed to some aspects of service users` care files, to ensure that updated care plans are always available, that risk assessments are kept suitably up-to-date, and that health professional advice is suitably recorded in the designated areas.