Inspection on 20/09/06 for Laurel Court Nursing Home
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This inspection was carried out on 20th September 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 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 carried out assessments of each prespective resident before admission to the home to make sure that the home could meet all the identified needs of the resident. The home had an open visiting policy and residents spoken to said that they could have visitors at any time. Information for residents and visitors was displayed on the notice boards within the reception area of the home including details about activities that were available. The residents` spoken to were happy about the quality, choice and quantity of food. One resident said "you get more than enough food and there is always a choice". The standard of décor throughout the home was good and there was an ongoing programme of decoration and maintenance in place. Residents were able to personalise their own bedrooms and residents spoken to felt that their bedrooms were comfortable and suitable for their needs.Staff at the home appeared to have the appropriate skills to support the residents with their care needs. Staff were observed to treat the residents with dignity and respect and comments made by residents included "they are all really nice and helpful" and " they help me and nothing is too much trouble". Staff had received training and the manager ensured that all training that had been undertaken or that was planned had been recorded on individual staff files. However, there were some still some areas of training that some staff needed to undertake. The manager was able to demonstrate that the training had been planned.
What has improved since the last inspection?
The home had continued to maintain a programme of redecoration that included the main entrance and reception area as well as some bedrooms. The lounge on the ground floor unit had also been redecorated. Staffing levels within the home were monitored by the manager and, at the time of the inspection appeared to be appropriate to meet the needs of the residents living at the home.
What the care home could do better:
Details regarding care planning for the residents varied amongst the units within the home. Care planning must be consistent to ensure that the identified needs of all residents and how these should be met are clearly stated within all the care plans and are available to staff. Due to the change in company providing the service at the home information had been transferred onto the new company`s documentation. Some details of the needs of the residents had not been maintained on individual care files and therefore information regarding the resident was not available to the staff who were assisting the residents with their care. This could result in the residents not receiving the correct care and support that they required. Residents at the home had their care needs reviewed however, any change of care needs had not been recorded on the care plan.The recording of medication given to residents was not always recorded appropriately and as a result it was not possible to ensure that the residents had received the required medication. This could place the residents` health at risk. On some of the units within the home there was an excess of medication that needed returning to the pharmacy. It is important that an audit of medication is undertaken and appropriate records maintained of all medication received and returned to and from the home.