Enter and view report: Abbeyfield Lear House

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Wirral conducted an enter and view visit on Abbeyfield Lear House, a privately run residential home providing residential, personal care and respite care for up to 29. The visit was arranged as Healthwatch Wirral was requested by a service regulator or commissioner to conduct an unannounced visit to the service. Observations by the Enter and View representatives included:  Staff were observed treating residents well and with dignity and respect.  One resident told us that she was very happy living at Lear House. She said her room was nice and comfortable, the staff were friendly and helpful and there were plenty of activities on offer.  The gardens were very well maintained and pleasant Healthwatch Wirral made 3 recommendations:  Healthwatch Authorised Representatives would have liked to be more confident that when drawing up individual Personal Development Plans and identifying areas of development, the organisation would stress the importance of continued learning and staff would be encouraged and enabled to take advantage of all relevant training on offer.  Ensure that all call bells are sited within easy reach for residents.  Display Healthwatch ‘Your Voice’ leaflets to allow feedback to be gathered independently. The report includes a response from the provider.

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General details

Report title 
Enter and view report: Abbeyfield Lear House
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Wirral
Date of publication 
Friday, 29 July, 2016
Date evidence capture began 
Wednesday, 29 June, 2016
Date evidence capture finished 
Wednesday, 29 June, 2016
Type of report 
Enter and view
Key themes 
Building and facilities
Cleanliness hygiene and infection control
Communication between staff and patients
Complaints procedure
Health and safety
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Quality of care
Quality of catering
Staff attitudes
Staff levels
Other information of note about this report 
Activity Coordinator
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Other (please specify)
If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner? 
An unnamed regulator or commissioner
Primary research method used 
How was the information collected? 
Visit to provider
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Social care services 
Nursing care home
Residential care home

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Not known
Not known
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Not known
Does the information include staff's views? 
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
Allied health care professionals
Service manager
Does the information include other people's views? 
Not known
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Yes action has been taken or promised
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.