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St Michael’s Care Home with Nursing Physical Disabilities, Axbridge

St Michael’s Care Home with Nursing Physical Disabilities in Axbridge, Somerset was rated outstanding for being responsive and well-led, following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), 12 & 13 June 2019.

The safe, effective and caring categories received a Good score from the CQC.

The CQC report highlighted that people were currently participating in a national pilot being trialed around nutrition and hydration. The activity started as a small group of people who volunteered to learn about being healthier and keeping hydrated. They participated in a range of activities in relation to this theme. This included creating posters for the home, growing their own vegetables and fruit and changing what was being cooked in the kitchen for meals.

One member of the group said, "I am learning so much about it" and continued, "It has made me feel better."

Because of the pilot, people felt healthier and had lost weight which was important due to being in wheelchairs. A member of staff confirmed there had been multiple weight losses and CQC inspectors saw records which confirmed this.

The registered manager had been instrumental in driving the service to achieve the gold standards framework and maintain the standards required to achieve beacon status to ensure a high quality of care around end of life. Following the inspection, the provider said they had been reaccredited by the Gold Standards Framework and achieved platinum status meaning they had ensured standards had been sustained for people and their relatives.

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