Care home told it needs to im­prove

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY FLORA BYATT

AWEST Lan­cashire care home has been told it needs to im­prove for the third time but is dis­put­ing the find­ings of the lat­est CQC in­spec­tion.

Al­s­ley Lodge Res­i­den­tial Care Home, on Sta­tion Road, Ruf­ford, Orm­skirk, was vis­ited by in­spec­tors last Novem­ber and the Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion has now pub­lished its find­ings.

The home re­quires im­prove­ment in all ar­eas, sim­i­lar to the past two in­spec­tions in which it was also given an over­all rat­ing of re­quir­ing im­prove­ment.

Al­s­ley Lodge said that it was dis­put­ing the rat­ing.

The re­port said: “We found the provider had not im­ple­mented sys­tems to en­sure risks to peo­ple’s health and safety were ad­e­quately pro­moted and the man­age­ment of medicines could have been bet­ter.

“We have made a rec­om­men­da­tion about staff com­pe­ten­cies in re­la­tion to the man­age­ment of medicines.

“In gen­eral re­cruit­ment prac­tices adopted by the home were sat­is­fac­tory. How­ever, the em­ploy­ment process for one mem­ber of staff could have been bet­ter.

“There­fore, we have made a rec­om­men­da­tion about thor­ough em­ploy­ment checks be­ing con­ducted for all new staff be­fore they are ap­pointed.”

The re­port added that those liv­ing at the home, which cares for up to 33 peo­ple, “were not al­ways sup­ported to have max­i­mum con­trol of their lives” and that rou­tines “did not sup­port peo­ple’s choices”.

Res­i­dents were not al­ways able to choose when they got up, or had a bath or shower.

The care home was also not well-led, and care plans “var­ied in qual­ity”.

The re­port said: “Some [plans] needed to pro­vide the staff team with clearer guid­ance about peo­ple’s cur­rent needs and how these needs were to be best met.

“How­ever, oth­ers were well writ­ten and pro­vided more de­tailed in­for­ma­tion.”

The re­port did say that there were enough staff in the home, and peo­ple seemed “re­laxed”, with rel­a­tives adding that they felt peo­ple were safe.

Staff also re­ceived “a good range of train­ing” with new mem­bers go­ing through an “indepth in­duc­tion pro­gramme”.

Com­mu­nity health and so­cial care pro­fes­sion­als were also in­volved with the home, and res­i­dents were able to en­joy a range of ac­tiv­i­ties.

Staff also spoke about the man­ager.

The re­port added: “We did not find any breaches of reg­u­la­tions and did not make any rec­om­men­da­tions at that time.

“This was be­cause the provider as­sured us they would im­ple­ment a more ro­bust au­dit­ing sys­tem and would dis­play the CQC rat­ing from the pre­vi­ous in­spec­tion more clearly within the home.

“At this in­spec­tion we found the CQC rat­ing from the last in­spec­tion to be promi­nently dis­played within the home.

“How­ever, im­prove­ments to the au­dit­ing sys­tem were not ev­i­dent.

“We have iden­ti­fied breaches in re­la­tion to safety, per­son cen­tred care and good gov­er­nance.” pos­i­tively

Al­s­ley Lodge res­i­den­tial care home in Ruf­ford

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