The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales has issued a report on its latest inspection of Parkside House – the care home comprising a linked pair of semi-detached Victorian mansions Nos. 1 and 2 Park Road, Penarth
Parkside House is owned by Llangoedmor Properties Ltd which has operated the premises since the 1980s. The inspection – carried out in November – found that there were no major issues at the establishment and “areas of consistent good practice” were found .
Since the last inspection a “written a closed circuit tv policy has been implemented along with a “Service User Guide” regarding its use .
Following a leak on the premises there was some refurbishment and redecoration work under way including the installation of “several new bathrooms”.
The inspectors “observed that staff were attentive and responsive to service user’s needs” . Staff were able to “manage people with dementia who displayed some challenging behaviour by offering people choices and options in a calm and relaxed way” “Doll therapy” was used for one resident.
The turnover of staff at the home was reported to be “generally low ” with “ no use of agency staff.” All of the care staff except for one, had the minimum vocational qualification required by the CCIW.
The inspectors were told the management is considering extending the ground floor, subject to planning permission and creating a “sensory area” within the garden.
There were however some concerns raised by the CSSIW :-
- One toilet had commode bowls on the window sill – a potential infection-control risk.
- On the second floor of the home a bathroom and a toilet contained blankets and pillows.
- Some of the toilet areas some cosmetic attention.
- Cleaning fluids had been left unattended in the upstairs kitchen which was accessible to residents. – a cupboard which also contained “topical creams”.
These points will be checked at the next inspection . Overall however, the report concludes that the premises are physically safe and that residents are well-cared for .
The full report is on http://tinyurl.com/z4aj6sw