The Briars Residential and Care Limited aims to be more than just a residential and care home for those living with us. We would like our residents to feel happy and at home here. Above all, our care and support is based on the needs of each person, their dignity and individuality.
The Briars, is a detached Period House, approximately 350 years old, on the borders of Suffolk/ Essex, in the village of Glemsford. The village of Glemsford has a long history with many of the buildings dating back to the 15th Century. The Briars Residential Care Home for the elderly opened in September 1994, providing 24 Hour care for the elderly over 65.
The Briars offers 15 single rooms and 1 twin room, many with en-suite facilities. A large dining room overlooking the gardens and patio areas. Two lounge areas located on the ground floor. A large dayroom is situated on the first floor also overlooking the gardens. A lift provides access to all floors.
The village of Glemsford offers many services, both professional and social.
Glemsford Branch Library is situated at the rear of the village hall and opens 3 days a week.
A doctors surgery located in the centre of Glemsford are the general practitioners in the village and support the surrounding villages.
Post Office opens all day, 6 days a week.
Hairdressing facilities are also available.
Sudbury is an ancient market town and can be reached easily by a bus service which passes by The Briars on an hourly basis.
Recent Care Quality Commission Reports
The Briars is a 'care home'. People in care homes received accommodation and nursing or personal cars as a single package under one contractual agreement. CQC regulates both the premises and the care provided, and both were looked at during this inspection. The Briars accommodates up to 17 people in one adapted building. At the time of our inspection there were 17 people living in the home.
At the last inspection, the service was rated good. At this inspection, we found the evidence continued to support the rating of good and there was no evidence or information from our inspection and ongoing monitoring that demonstrated serous risk or concerns. This inspection report is written in a shorter format because our overall rating of the service has not changed since our last inspection.
There was a registered manager in place. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission to manage the service. Like registered providers, they are 'registered' persons. Registered persons have legal responsibility for meeting the requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated regulations about how the service is run.
People were safe because staff supported them to understand how to keep safe and staff knew how to manage risk effectively. There were sufficient numbers of care staff on shift with the correct skills and knowledge to keep people safe.
The administration of people's medicines was safe. Staff had been trained in the administration of medicines and had up to date policies and procedures to follow. Their competency was checked regularly.
People were supported with maintaining a balanced diet and the people who used the
service chose their meals these were provided in line with their preferences.
People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible.
Staff had good relationships with people who used the service and were attentive to their needs. People's privacy and dignity was respected at all times. People and their relatives were involved in making decisions about their care and support.
Care plans were individual and contained information about how people preferred to communicate and their ability to make decisions.
People were encouraged to take part in activities that they enjoyed, and were supported to keep in contact with family members. When needed, they were supported to see health professionals and referrals were put through to ensure they had the appropriate care and treatment.
Relatives and staff were complimentary about the management of the service. Staff understood their roles and responsibilities in providing safe and good quality care to the people who used the service.
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