Two care homes near Honiton rated ‘Good’ by health watchdog

PUBLISHED: 17:00 18 October 2018

The homes were praised by the CQC.

The homes were praised by the CQC.

Katarzyna Bialasiewicz

A pair of care homes close to Honiton have been rated ‘good’ by the UK’s health watchdog.

Hembury Fort House in Broadhembury and Barnfield Farm in Luppitt were graded good in several categories when inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) visited earlier this year.

Barnfield Farm, which accommodates 11 people in a main farmhouse and two adjoining buildings, has been told several aspects of environmental safety needed improvement.

However, the home was rated ‘good’ in running an effective, caring and well-lead service, and ‘outstanding’ in being responsive.

A report published by the CQC on October 15 said: “There were some aspects of environmental safety inside the home that had not been fully considered.

“This included window restrictors on upstairs windows.

“There were two windows which had a bar across them, however it was possible that these would not prevent someone from falling out. A radiator on a stairway also did not have a cover on it. After the inspection the registered manager confirmed that both these issues were being addressed. While they were waiting for the work to be completed, they were ensuring the windows were kept closed to prevent the risks of someone falling out and the radiator was not turned on. This meant people were being kept safe.”

Inspectors noted there was a ‘strong person-centred care ethos’ at the home which staff demonstrated in how they worked with people. The report said staff showed great compassion, sensitivity and care for people.

Hembury Fort House was rated ‘good’ in four of the five categories judged, and ‘outstanding’ in running a responsive service.

A CQC report said: “Since our last inspection, the registered manager and the staff group have shown an excellent understanding of people’s diverse backgrounds and responding to their individual needs.

“The registered manager’s values and ethos promoted the rights of people living with dementia and were central to the way the service was run.”

Regarding the improved rating to the service being responsive, inspectors said: “People were at the centre of the service and staff responded in a flexible and responsive manner.

“People were consulted and treated as equals.”

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