Care home told it needs to improve
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