Environment at care home needs improved

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A Brechin care home has been given a list of required improvements, following an unannounced inspection by the Care Inspectorate.

Bearehill Care Home, run by Tamaris (RAM) Limited, a member of the Four Seasons Health Care Group, received the inspection on January 14. Inspectors Margaret Hughes and Shona Adam gave the care home a grade two (weak) for the quality of environment and a grade three (adequate) for staffing.

In her inspection report, Ms Hughes states: “The care home environment requires immediate remedial work to be undertaken to enable service users to have their personal care needs met.”

However, staff at the care home were complimented, with Ms Hughes commenting: “We observed most staff to be kind and caring, engaging well with service users.”

To help the home improve it’s environment, the report outlined five requirements, the first being that the provider “must ensure that there are adequate bathing and showering facilities to meet the personal care needs of those living in the care home.”

The report also stated that “the provider must ensure that there are adequate heating facilities in all areas of the home” and “must ensure that the environment is well maintained and in a good state of repair”, including an environmental audit of windows to make sure they can be closed and opened securely.

The final two requirements outlined by the report stated that hot running water has to be made available in all hand washing sinks and that “the actions identified in environmental risk assessments are fully implemented.”

There was only one requirement outlined for staffing, which said that the care home must “ensure that staff are competent in their use of the risk assessments used for assessing the health and wellbeing of service users”.

During the inspection, Ms Hughes and Ms Adam spoke to a number of the service users. In her report, Ms Hughes explained: “Four told us that they were generally happy with the service.

“They told us that they were familiar with staff by name and with their key worker. Food was a key area that offered a high level of satisfaction and everyone told us that they felt safe in the care home.”

The full inspection report can be accessed online at the Care Inspectorate website. Visit http://www.scswis.com/ for more.