An HC-One care home in Warrington has been praised for its infection control practices following a CQC inspection.
The unannounced inspection of Summerville care home on 15 January was part of the CQC’s review of infection prevention and control during the pandemic.
The CQC commented: “We were assured the provider and staff at the home had taken appropriate action to help minimise the spread of infection and help ensure people were safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Summerville took part in a testing pilot in the early part of the pandemic and the CQC noted its use of additional testing for staff members to ensure they were tested multiple times each week.
The regulator noted people coming to live at the home were supported to do so safely.
Staff were praised for making effective use of PPE. There was a good supply of PPE, hand gel and handwashing facilities at convenient locations and all staff had received training in infection prevention and control.
Each team has an infection control champion offering guidance and advice for colleagues with meetings held to share best practice with the local authority IPC team.
Arrangements have been made for outdoor visits and use of the home’s Sun Lounge “when appropriate”.
The CQC also highlighted the home’s focus on helping with people’s mental health when isolating, including making an occasion of special meals, taking time to talk with people and supporting people to stay in touch with their loved ones.
One staff member commented: “During this pandemic we are like people’s family.”
A spokesperson for the home said: “This glowing report that recognises high standards of infection prevention and control is a testament to the hard work and commitment of the team at Summerville care home, who work hard to provide kind care to our residents.
“We are delighted that our frontline colleagues have been praised for their training in infection prevention and control, and their effective use of personal protective equipment and regular testing. Our colleagues go above and beyond, and this report highlights their support of a coronavirus testing pilot scheme early in the pandemic.
“We were also pleased to see the team praised for their focus on residents’ mental health while self-isolating, and supporting them “like people’s family” during the pandemic, which truly reflects the passion and dedication of the Summerville team. We are extremely grateful to the team for their continued commitment to delivering the kindest care to our residents.
“We are proud to continue to provide high quality, kind care to our residents at Summerville care home, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. As an organisation, we strive to be the first-choice care provider in each of the communities we are honoured to serve, including in Warrington, Cheshire.”