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Care Home: The Beeches

  • Church Lane Kelloe Durham DH6 4PT
  • Tel: 01913773004
  • Fax: 01913778361

The Beeches is a care home that is registered to provide residential and nursing care for people over 65 years old. It is has been operating for several years, and was registered to a new Provider in August 2008. The home is located in a quiet area on the outskirts of Kelloe village with easy access to a small number of local amenities. The building has been converted and extended for use as a care home and can accommodate up to 31 service users in single rooms, most of which have private ensuites. The home has a range of sitting and dining areas available. There is level 22009 access into the home and a passenger lift serves both floors. The home has extensive, well kept gardens that have seating areas. The fees for residential and nursing care places are in line with Durham County Council rates. The home should be contacted for current fee information.

  • Latitude: 54.722999572754
    Longitude: -1.4659999608994
  • Manager: Manager post vacant
  • UK
  • Total Capacity: 31
  • Type: Care home with nursing
  • Provider: Mr Sunny Okukpolor Humphreys
  • Ownership: Private
  • Care Home ID: 18765
Residents Needs:
Old age, not falling within any other category, Dementia

Latest Inspection

This is the latest available inspection report for this service, carried out on 22nd January 2010. CQC found this care home to be providing an Good service.

The inspector found no outstanding requirements from the previous inspection report, but made 1 statutory requirements (actions the home must comply with) as a result of this inspection.

For extracts, read the latest CQC inspection for The Beeches.

What the care home does well A good standard of care is provided for the people who live at the home. A significant amount of work has taken place with regard to care planning. This makes sure that staff know how to look after people. People said they enjoyed living there, and that the staff were kind and helpful. Comments received were very positive about the care, the food and the standard of cleanliness. Comments included, `Keeps my room clean and makes a nice dinner. Everything is fine here`. `Cares for the residents. Listens to us when we need anything`. What has improved since the last inspection? A new manager has been appointed since the last inspection. She confirmed that all of the requirements and recommendations made have been addressed. One professional who returned a survey commented, `This care home is definitely improving. The new manager has raised the standards of care right across the board. I have worked with the establishment for several years and have noticed an improvement over the last six months, especially in willingness to address problems, staff training, staff motivation and general cleanliness`. One relative spoken with said, `Residents are well looked after and relatives always consulted about residents needs and health`. What the care home could do better: Care plans could be improved further by including a plan about how people would like to be cared for at night. During the medication audit it was noted that a bottle of liquid preparation, which once opened needed to be stored in the fridge and used within fourteen days,was stored in the trolley and did not have the date of opening identified. A system needs to be in place to make sure preparations with a limited shelf life once opened are stored correctly. The programe of refurbishment should continue until a high standard is provided throughout the home. The manager must make an application to be registered with the CQC. Key inspection report Care homes for older people Name: Address: The Beeches Church Lane Kelloe Durham DH6 4PT     The quality rating for this care home is:   two star good service A quality rating is our assessment of how well a care home is meeting the needs of the people who use it. We give a quality rating following a full review of the service. We call this full review a ‘key’ inspection. Lead inspector: Susan Lowther     Date: 2 2 0 1 2 0 1 0 This is a review of quality of outcomes that people experience in this care home. We believe high quality care should • • • • • Be safe Have the right outcomes, including clinical outcomes Be a good experience for the people that use it Help prevent illness, and promote healthy, independent living Be available to those who need it when they need it. The first part of the review gives the overall quality rating for the care home: • • • • 3 2 1 0 stars - excellent stars - good star - adequate star - poor There is also a bar chart that gives a quick way of seeing the quality of care that the home provides under key areas that matter to people. There is a summary of what we think this service does well, what they have improved on and, where it applies, what they need to do better. We use the national minimum standards to describe the outcomes that people should experience. National minimum standards are written by the Department of Health for each type of care service. After the summary there is more detail about our findings. The following table explains what you will see under each outcome area. Outcome area (for example Choice of home) These are the outcomes that people staying in care homes should experience. that people have said are important to them: They reflect the things This box tells you the outcomes that we will always inspect against when we do a key inspection. This box tells you any additional outcomes that we may inspect against when we do a key inspection. This is what people staying in this care home experience: Judgement: This box tells you our opinion of what we have looked at in this outcome area. We will say whether it is excellent, good, adequate or poor. Evidence: This box describes the information we used to come to our judgement. Care Homes for Older People Page 2 of 24 We review the quality of the service against outcomes from the National Minimum Standards (NMS). Those standards are written by the Department of Health for each type of care service. Copies of the National Minimum Standards – Care Homes for Older People can be found at www.dh.gov.uk or bought from The Stationery Office (TSO) PO Box 29, St Crispins, Duke Street, Norwich, NR3 1GN. Tel: 0870 600 5522. Online ordering from the Stationery Office is also available: www.tso.co.uk/bookshop The mission of the Care Quality Commission is to make care better for people by: • Regulating health and adult social care services to ensure quality and safety standards, drive improvement and stamp out bad practice • Protecting the rights of people who use services, particularly the most vulnerable and those detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 • Providing accessible, trustworthy information on the quality of care and services so people can make better decisions about their care and so that commissioners and providers of services can improve services. • Providing independent public accountability on how commissioners and providers of services are improving the quality of care and providing value for money. Reader Information Document Purpose Author Audience Further copies from Copyright Inspection report Care Quality Commission General public 0870 240 7535 (telephone order line) Copyright © (2009) Care Quality Commission (CQC). This publication may be reproduced in whole or in part, free of charge, in any format or medium provided that it is not used for commercial gain. This consent is subject to the material being reproduced accurately and on proviso that it is not used in a derogatory manner or misleading context. The material should be acknowledged as CQC copyright, with the title and date of publication of the document specified. www.cqc.org.uk Internet address Care Homes for Older People Page 3 of 24 Information about the care home Name of care home: Address: The Beeches Church Lane Kelloe Durham DH6 4PT 01913773004 01913778361 Telephone number: Fax number: Email address: Provider web address: Name of registered provider(s): Type of registration: Number of places registered: Mr Sunny Okukpolor Humphreys care home 31 Conditions of registration: Category(ies) : Number of places (if applicable): Under 65 dementia old age, not falling within any other category Additional conditions: The maximum number of users who can be accommodated is - 31 The registered person may provide the following category of service only Care home with nursing - Code N to service users of the following gender - Either Whose primary care needs on admission to the home are within the following categories: Old age not falling within any other category - Code OP, maximum number of places. 31 Dementia - Code DE (E) over 65 years of age, maximum number of places 5 Date of last inspection Brief description of the care home The Beeches is a care home that is registered to provide residential and nursing care for people over 65 years old. It is has been operating for several years, and was registered to a new Provider in August 2008. The home is located in a quiet area on the outskirts of Kelloe village with easy access to a small number of local amenities. The building has been converted and extended for use as a care home and can accommodate up to 31 service users in single rooms, most of which have private ensuites. The home has a range of sitting and dining areas available. There is level Care Homes for Older People Page 4 of 24 Over 65 5 31 0 0 0 5 0 2 2 0 0 9 Brief description of the care home access into the home and a passenger lift serves both floors. The home has extensive, well kept gardens that have seating areas. The fees for residential and nursing care places are in line with Durham County Council rates. The home should be contacted for current fee information. Care Homes for Older People Page 5 of 24 Summary This is an overview of what we found during the inspection. The quality rating for this care home is: Our judgement for each outcome: two star good service Choice of home Health and personal care Daily life and social activities Complaints and protection Environment Staffing Management and administration peterchart Poor Adequate Good Excellent How we did our inspection: The quality rating for this service is 2 star. This means the people who use this service experience good quality outcomes. This unannounced inspection of this home took place on the 22 January 2010. Records were examined and a tour of the building took place. Time was spent talking to staff, the people who live in the home and their relatives. The manager supplied some written information to the CQC before the inspection. The inspection focused on key standard outcomes for people who live in the home and to check whether requirements from the previous report had been met. We have reviewed our practice when making requirements, to improve national consistency. Some requirements from previous inspection reports may have been Care Homes for Older People Page 6 of 24 deleted or carried forward into this report as recommendations but only when it is considered that people who use services are not being put at significant risk of harm. In future, if a requirement is repeated, it is likely that enforcement action will be taken. Care Homes for Older People Page 7 of 24 What the care home does well: What has improved since the last inspection? What they could do better: If you want to know what action the person responsible for this care home is taking following this report, you can contact them using the details on page 4. The report of this inspection is available from our website www.cqc.org.uk. You can get printed copies from enquiries@cqc.org.uk or by telephoning our order line 0870 240 7535. Care Homes for Older People Page 8 of 24 Details of our findings Contents Choice of home (standards 1 - 6) Health and personal care (standards 7 - 11) Daily life and social activities (standards 12 - 15) Complaints and protection (standards 16 - 18) Environment (standards 19 - 26) Staffing (standards 27 - 30) Management and administration (standards 31 - 38) Outstanding statutory requirements Requirements and recommendations from this inspection Care Homes for Older People Page 9 of 24 Choice of home These are the outcomes that people staying in care homes should experience. They reflect the things that people have said are important to them: People are confident that the care home can support them. This is because there is an accurate assessment of their needs that they, or people close to them, have been involved in. This tells the home all about them and the support they need. People who stay at the home only for intermediate care, have a clear assessment that includes a plan on what they hope for and want to achieve when they return home. People can decide whether the care home can meet their support and accommodation needs. This is because they, or people close to them, have been able to visit the home and have got full, clear, accurate and up to date information about the home. If they decide to stay in the home they know about their rights and responsibilities because there is an easy to understand contract or statement of terms and conditions between them and the care home that includes how much they will pay and what the home provides for the money. This is what people staying in this care home experience: Judgement: People using this service experience good quality outcomes in this area. We have made this judgement using a range of evidence, including a visit to this service. Sufficient information is available for people to decide whether they would like to live in the home. Assessment procedures are in place to ensure that the home can meet all of the needs of the people who go to live there. Evidence: People are only admitted after a full assessment of need is carried out by an appropriately trained person. This is usually the manager. This is to make sure that the home can meet the care needs of the people who go to live there. The family of one person who had recently gone to live in the home confirmed that they had looked around the home and had been supplied with all of the information they needed to make a decision about whether or not their relative would like to live there. All of the people who responded to the survey said that they had received enough information about the home before they went to live there. Most said that they had chosen the home because they have lived nearby all of their lives. Care Homes for Older People Page 10 of 24 Evidence: The home does not admit people for intermediate care therefore assessment of standard 6 is not required. Care Homes for Older People Page 11 of 24 Health and personal care These are the outcomes that people staying in care homes should experience. They reflect the things that people have said are important to them: People’s health, personal and social care needs are met. The home has a plan of care that the person, or someone close to them, has been involved in making. If they take medicine, they manage it themselves if they can. If they cannot manage their medicine, the care home supports them with it, in a safe way. People’s right to privacy is respected and the support they get from staff is given in a way that maintains their dignity. If people are approaching the end of their life, the care home will respect their choices and help them feel comfortable and secure. They, and people close to them, are reassured that their death will be handled with sensitivity, dignity and respect, and take account of their spiritual and cultural wishes. This is what people staying in this care home experience: Judgement: People using this service experience good quality outcomes in this area. We have made this judgement using a range of evidence, including a visit to this service. Good systems are in place to ensure that health care needs of the people who live in the home are met. Evidence: The manager said that all of the people who live in the home have care plans so that staff know how to look after people on an individual basis. Three were examined during the inspection. These were in the main comprehensive and contained individual plans of care. Plans now include details of peoples dementia needs. Evidence was seen to confirm that the requirement and the recommendations from the last report have been met. Post admission assessments are now dated and signed and people are weighed on a monthly basis. It is acknowledged that a significant amount of work has been undertaken to improve the care plans to a good standard. However they could be improved further by including a plan about how people would like to be cared for at night. People spoken with during the inspection said that they are happy with the care that they receive and the level of information given. Records examined showed that people receive visits from other healthcare Care Homes for Older People Page 12 of 24 Evidence: professionals. These include district nurses, doctors, and care managers. People spoken with confirmed that staff respond very quickly if any other professional is needed. Medication is administered by appropriately trained staff. The home has a comprehensive medication policy. Accurate records of all medicines received, administered and those leaving the home are maintained. However it was noted that a bottle of liquid preparation, which once opened needed to be stored in the fridge and used within fourteen days,was stored in the trolley and did not have the date of opening identified. This was brought to the attention of the manager, who dealt with it immediately. People spoken to said that staff always treat them with dignity and respect. Care Homes for Older People Page 13 of 24 Daily life and social activities These are the outcomes that people staying in care homes should experience. They reflect the things that people have said are important to them: Each person is treated as an individual and the care home is responsive to his or her race, culture, religion, age, disability, gender and sexual orientation. They are part of their local community. The care home supports people to follow personal interests and activities. People are able to keep in touch with family, friends and representatives. They are as independent as they can be, lead their chosen lifestyle and have the opportunity to make the most of their abilities. People have nutritious and attractive meals and snacks, at a time and place to suit them. There are no additional outcomes. This is what people staying in this care home experience: Judgement: People using this service experience good quality outcomes in this area. We have made this judgement using a range of evidence, including a visit to this service. The activities are varied and provide recreation for some of the people living in the home. Family and friends can visit the home at any time and are made to feel welcome. The meals are of a good standard. Menus are varied and people are given a choice. Evidence: Most of the people said that activities are suitable. The activities organiser spends time with people on an individual basis to find out what activities they would like to do. An activity timetable is in place. This includes a movie club, skittles, karaoke, baking, arts and crafts, manicure sessions, sensory sessions and reminiscence Relatives said that they could visit at any time and that they are always made welcome. People said that they have a choice about how they like to spend their day. They can also choose what time to get up and go to bed and when they would like to have a shower or bath. Evidence was seen to confirm the recommendations made in the last report have been met. On the day of the inspection several people went out of the home. Minutes were seen to confirm that meetings take place and the manager has begun to review in Care Homes for Older People Page 14 of 24 Evidence: formation and find alternative formats. The lunch looked nice. Staff who were helping people were doing this in a discreet and dignified manner. Evidence was seen in care plans to confirm that nutritional needs are assessed and other professionals consulted if required. The upstairs dining room has been redecorated to create a more pleasant environment. Care Homes for Older People Page 15 of 24 Complaints and protection These are the outcomes that people staying in care homes should experience. They reflect the things that people have said are important to them: If people have concerns with their care, they or people close to them know how to complain. Any concern is looked into and action taken to put things right. The care home safeguards people from abuse and neglect and takes action to follow up any allegations. People’s legal rights are protected, including being able to vote in elections. This is what people staying in this care home experience: Judgement: People using this service experience good quality outcomes in this area. We have made this judgement using a range of evidence, including a visit to this service. People can be confident that their concerns and complaints are dealt with appropriately and that safeguards are in place to protect them from abuse. Evidence: Information about complaints, how and who to make them to, is made available to the people who live in the home and their families through information displayed in the entrance to the home and in the Service Users Guide. There have been no complaints recorded since the last inspection. People spoken with confirmed that they would approach the manager if they had a problem. The home now have a comprehensive adult protection procedure. This gives staff the support they need to make a referral should this be required. The staff spoken to during the inspection were asked about abuse and what they would do if they saw or heard anything inappropriate. All said that they would tell someone, for example the manager, or make a referral themselves if this was more appropriate. Training is provided for all staff in adult protection. One member of staff said, I would not hesitate to report anything I heard or saw. We are here to protect the residents. Care Homes for Older People Page 16 of 24 Environment These are the outcomes that people staying in care homes should experience. They reflect the things that people have said are important to them: People stay in a safe and well-maintained home that is homely, clean, pleasant and hygienic. People stay in a home that has enough space and facilities for them to lead the life they choose and to meet their needs. The home makes sure they have the right specialist equipment that encourages and promotes their independence. Their room feels like their own, it is comfortable and they feel safe when they use it. This is what people staying in this care home experience: Judgement: People using this service experience good quality outcomes in this area. We have made this judgement using a range of evidence, including a visit to this service. The home is clean and well maintained. It is decorated and furnished to a good standard and provides a homely environment for the people who live there. Evidence: During a tour of the building the inspector saw that many of the rooms are decorated to the persons own taste and there was evidence to confirm that people can take in some personal items when they go to live there. This includes pieces of furniture as well as photographs and ornaments. An adequate standard of decor and furniture is provided throughout the home. The manager said that the broken bath had been attended to and all of the toilets now have locks and suitable handles. The light pulls have been replaced with ones which are easy to keep clean. However some areas of the home are still in need of refurbishment, especially doors as many of them are badly scuffed and chipped. There was a range of equipment seen around the home to support people with bathing and mobility. Evidence was seen that staff use this equipment appropriately, but also encourage people to maintain their independance as far as possible. We found the building to be clean, tidy and free from offensive odours. Care Homes for Older People Page 17 of 24 Staffing These are the outcomes that people staying in care homes should experience. They reflect the things that people have said are important to them: People have safe and appropriate support as there are enough competent staff on duty at all times. They have confidence in the staff at the home because checks have been done to make sure that they are suitable to care for them. Their needs are met and they are cared for by staff who get the relevant training and support from their managers. There are no additional outcomes. This is what people staying in this care home experience: Judgement: People using this service experience good quality outcomes in this area. We have made this judgement using a range of evidence, including a visit to this service. Staff are appropriately recruited, trained and in sufficient numbers to meet the needs of the people who live in the home. Evidence: From the rota supplied at the inspection there was sufficient care staff on duty to meet the assessed care needs of the people who were using the service. People said that staff were usually around and answered the call bells quickly. One person said, The staff come quickly when I need them. The home had staff files in place, which provided evidence that the appointment of a new staff member is in the main made through proper recruitment processes. This includes the vetting of staff through the use of references, POVA first checks and Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) checks. There is a commitment at the home to having a trained workforce with many of the staff having an NVQ at level 2 or above. As well as mandatory training, recent training has also taken place in adult protection and health and safety. Staff said that they are also supported with regard to personal training needs. Staff confirmed that they feel they have sufficient knowledge, skills, experience and support to meet the needs of the people who live in the home. Staff comments in this area were positive. Comments included, There is always plenty of training going on. Another said, I have Care Homes for Older People Page 18 of 24 Evidence: regular supervision with the manager where personal training needs are discussed. Care Homes for Older People Page 19 of 24 Management and administration These are the outcomes that people staying in care homes should experience. They reflect the things that people have said are important to them: People have confidence in the care home because it is led and managed appropriately. People control their own money and choose how they spend it. If they or someone close to them cannot manage their money, it is managed by the care home in their best interests. The environment is safe for people and staff because appropriate health and safety practices are carried out. People get the right support from the care home because the manager runs it appropriately with an open approach that makes them feel valued and respected. The people staying at the home are safeguarded because it follows clear financial and accounting procedures, keeps records appropriately and ensures their staff understand the way things should be done. They get the right care because the staff are supervised and supported by their managers. This is what people staying in this care home experience: Judgement: People using this service experience good quality outcomes in this area. We have made this judgement using a range of evidence, including a visit to this service. People can be assured that the home is well managed and they are given the opportunity to comment on how the home is run. Policies and procedures are in place to safeguard their health, safety and wellbeing. Evidence: Since the last inspection a new manager has been appointed. She is aware that she must make an application to be registered with CQC. There was an open and friendly culture between the management team and staff working at the home. People spoken with confirmed that the manager is approachable and all felt that the home has improved since she started. Regular meetings are held and there are a number of systems in place to consult with people living at the home. Relatives and the people who live in the home can approach the staff at any time. The manager carries out regular audits covering all environmental and care aspects which may result in improvements being made. The provider visits on a regular basis and carries out an audit of the home. The manager Care Homes for Older People Page 20 of 24 Evidence: has plans to introduce further systems to identify areas which require improvement. There was evidence in staff files to show that supervision was taking place and that the staff were being appraised. Staff confirmed that supervision takes place on a regular basis and that they are well supported. Personal finances are kept in the home for people who request this. Signatures are obtained and receipts are kept to ensure peoples financial interests are safeguarded. The manager confirmed that all equipment in the home is regularly checked. The maintenance certificates that were seen at this inspection were found to be in order. Health and Safety checks are carried out regularly to safeguard people living and working at the home. Care Homes for Older People Page 21 of 24 Are there any outstanding requirements from the last inspection? Yes £ No R Outstanding statutory requirements These are requirements that were set at the previous inspection, but have still not been met. They say what the registered person had to do to meet the Care Standards Act 2000, Care Homes Regulations 2001 and the National Minimum Standards. No. Standard Regulation Requirement Timescale for action Care Homes for Older People Page 22 of 24 Requirements and recommendations from this inspection: Immediate requirements: These are immediate requirements that were set on the day we visited this care home. The registered person had to meet these within 48 hours. No. Standard Regulation Requirement Timescale for action Statutory requirements These requirements set out what the registered person must do to meet the Care Standards Act 2000, Care Homes Regulations 2001 and the National Minimum Standards. The registered person(s) must do this within the timescales we have set. No. Standard Regulation Requirement Timescale for action 1 31 9 The manager must apply to be registered with the Care Quality Commission. To comply with the current legislation and demonstrate her fitness to run the home. 30/07/2010 Recommendations These recommendations are taken from the best practice described in the National Minimum Standards and the registered person(s) should consider them as a way of improving their service. No Refer to Standard Good Practice Recommendations 1 2 7 9 Care plans could be further improved by including how people would like to be cared for at night. A system needs to be in place to make sure preparations with a limited shelf life once opened are stored correctly. The programme of refurbishment should continue until a high standard is provided throughout the home. 3 19 Care Homes for Older People Page 23 of 24 Helpline: Telephone: 03000 616161 Email: enquiries@cqc.org.uk Web: www.cqc.org.uk We want people to be able to access this information. 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