The National Care Inspectorate has today published a detailed report following a recent inspection of care and infection prevention and control practices at Taigh a'Chridhe Uile Naomh (TACUN) care home in South Uist.
This inspection was COVID-19 specific, following last month’s outbreak within the care home. As with all care homes which experienced a COVID outbreak an inspection into practices was undertaken.
The national Care Inspectorate spoke to staff and the relatives of residents and carried out a physical inspection of the care home. TACUN was then graded on the quality of care and support during the pandemic.
The three themes of the inspection were as follows:
- People's health and wellbeing are supported and safeguarded during the COVID-19 pandemic (Adequate)
- Infection control practices support a safe environment for people experiencing care and staff (Good)
- Staffing arrangements are responsive to the changing needs of people experiencing care (Good)
On these 3 markers of quality of service TACUN achieved 2 grades of Good and one grade of Adequate.
A Comhairle spokesperson said: "Our priority from the start of the outbreak, was to have a sufficiency of staff in place, staff with the right skill set and to have robust infection control measures to manage the risk of further transmission.
The inspection report evidences that we succeeded in this respect and we appreciate the hard work and dedication of the staff working in TACUN who worked tirelessly to maintain high standards of infection control. The areas for improvement identified include improving our recording and quality assurance.
All the areas identified will be addressed and we will get to work on this with immediate effect."