Registered Manager: Wicks, Gillian Margaret
Provider Name: Carebase (Colchester) Limited
Care home beds: 65
Alderwood has all of the state-of-the-art facilities you would expect and more. The residential care home has well thought-out spaces all tastefully decorated, catering to all needs, with a dedicated team who will always find time for each and every one of their residents.
Stylish en-suite bedroom are intelligently designed with the option of selecting a bedroom with private garden, patio and seating area. The grounds itself houses a large garden with putting green, allotments, raised flower beds, all designed for wheelchair user access. The home enjoys the best of both worlds – it looks out on to woodlands and has all the charm Colchester has to offer on its doorstep.
Families are also encouraged to spend as much time as they wish at the home. In fact, there is a beautifully designed private dining room where residents can entertain intimate family gatherings. We also invite families to the endless events we host.
Alderwood promotes an active lifestyle, with weekly planned activities programme that is second to none. Residents can enjoy a full and varied day if they so wish. There are exercise classes, gardening club, bakery club, reminiscence quizzes, performances from local entertainers, talks on topical subjects where residents have expressed an interest. There is even a writing club where residents write short stories or review short passages.
Alderwood has a private mini bus, which transports residents to an array of wonderful places, whether it’s visiting a museum or simply a pub lunch.
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We carried out this inspection under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 as part of our regulatory functions. This inspection was planned to check whether the provider is meeting the legal requirements and regulations associated with the Health and Social Care Act 2008, to look at the overall quality of the service, and to provide a rating for the service under the Care Act 2014.
This inspection took place 22 February 2018. It was unannounced and was carried out by two inspectors a Specialist Professional Advisor who is a qualified nurse and an Expert by Experience. An Expert by Experience is a person who has personal experience of using or caring for someone who uses this type of service.
Before the inspection, we reviewed information available to us about this service. The registered provider had completed a Provider Information Return (PIR). The PIR is a form that asks the registered provider to give some key information about the service, what the service does well and improvements they plan to make. We also reviewed safeguarding alerts; share your experience forms and notifications the provider had sent to us. A notification is information about important events, which the provider is required to send us by law. We used this information to plan what areas we were going to focus on during our inspection.
During the inspection, we spoke with nine people who used the service, the registered manager, deputy manager and business manager and eleven staff including the qualified nurse. We also spoke with seven visitors that were visiting at the time of our inspection and one visiting health professional. After the inspection, we made further telephone calls to other health professionals involved in the service.
We reviewed five peopleâs care records, six staff recruitment records, medication charts, staffing rotas and records, which related to how the service monitored staffing levels and the quality of the service. We also looked at information, which related to the management of the service such as health and safety records, quality monitoring audits and records of complaints.
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