Home Services Guide

We have produced this Client Guide to help you understand our services, and feel safe in the knowledge that we care about you. Our services are tailor made to meet your specific needs, and we will do our very best to ensure that you are personally satisfied.

Our staff are chosen for their qualities and skills in the job they do and receive update training to ensure they are always competent.

Contents:


Summary of Statement of Purpose

The purpose of Astor Care & Nursing Agency is to provide a high standard of domiciliary and nursing care to people in need to enable them to remain living in their own home.

Mission Statement

To help our clients maintain their dignity, respect and independence through the provision of quality home care services. We aim to offer clients the opportunity to be as independent as possible through choice.

Aims and Objectives

It is the aim of Astor Care & Nursing Agency to deliver a service of personal care/nursing and associated domestic services to meet the needs of dependant clients in their own home. This will be achieved by promoting a standard of excellence, which embraces fundamental principles of Good Care Practice that is witnessed and evaluated through the practice, conduct and control of quality care in the domestic environment.

Astor Care & Nursing Agency was formed in 1990, with the opening of our office in Knaphill. We are registered with the CQC (Care Quality Commission), are members of the Surrey Care Association (SCA) and the United Kingdom Home Care Association (UKHCA) and adhere to the UKHCA Code of Conduct.

We aim to offer our clients:

A full transcript of our aims, objectives and philosophy are contained in our Statement of Purpose, which is available to any client on request.

We offer a wide range of service tasks to our customers, including:

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We provide services in the following geographical areas:

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Range and level of care services provided, including specialist services

Our services are developed to help you maintain as much independence as possible, whilst enjoying a good quality of life. The tasks you can expect us to do are:

Kitchen hygiene:

Cleaning of surfaces, sinks, cookers and tile surrounds. Floor cleaning including wet mopping of non-carpeted surfaces. Defrosting of refrigeratorsand freezers. Washing up dishes and utensils. Vacuuming.

Bathrooms:

Hygienic cleaning of bath, shower, and toilet. Cleaning of tiled surfaces. Floor cleaning including wet mopping of non-carpeted surfaces. Vacuuming.

Living areas:

Vacuuming of carpets and wet mopping of non-carpeted surfaces. Dusting of surfaces.

Sleeping areas:

Making and changing of beds. Vacuuming of carpets and wet-mopping of non-carpeted surfaces.

Laundering:

To carry out such laundry duties as agreed with the client such as washing/drying clothes and bedding, visit launderette as required.

General:

Clean inside windows. Remove dust and cobwebs with mop. Emptying of rubbish receptacles into external dustbin. Disinfect where appropriate.

Sitting Service:

Any contract can include a combination of any of the service tasks in accordance to the needs identified through assessment and individual care planning. No contract will include:

The above list is not exhaustive. Other areas may be introduced and/or the existing tasks itemised may be amended or withdrawn in accordance with future developments.

Tasks care workers may NOT perform:

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People for whom the service is provided:

Anyone who may benefit from any of our services may contract with us to supply the service. We provide care services to people of any age, disability, race, sexual orientation, religion or gender.

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Relevant qualifications and experience of the registered person, manager and staff

All our Field Care Supervisors, Nurse Consultants and Care Co-ordinators are Registered Nurses or qualified Health Care Assistants. They all have many years experience in a wide range of senior positions in the care field.

Field Care Supervisors:

Sarah Jones NVQ3, Margot McBride NVQ3 & Tracy Baldwinson NVQ3

Nurse Consultant:

Ruth Pletz RN1

Care Co-ordinators:

Lesley Farmer NVQ3, Diane James NVQ3

Carol Heather NVQ 2, Mandy Gant NVQ2

Andrew Lord who is the Registered Manager / Registered Individual holds a Diploma in Business Studies and a post graduate Certificate in Management Studies (CMS).

All our staff receive specialist training designed to equip them with the required skills to assist you in your home.

All care workers will undertake the Care Certificate Training Course and Astor Induction prior to visiting any clients. Having completed their initial training, they are encouraged to undertake the Diploma in Health and Social Care and to progress through the higher levels.

All workers have to attend Health & Safety (includes fire safety), Moving & Handling, First Aid, Food Hygiene, Safeguarding, Medication and Infection Control courses regularly to update/refresh their knowledge/skills.

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Overview of the process for the delivery of care

Following the initial referral a visit will be arranged to carry out a technical assessment of need. A Client Care Plan will be formulated with you and/or your representative, and any other relevant professional involved, to identify how your health and welfare needs will be met. As part of your assessment we will carry out a number of risk assessments to ensure the safety of both you and your carer are taken into account. Your Client Care Plan will be reviewed and updated as necessary in order to continue to meet your identified needs.

Every endeavour will be made to assist you, your relative(s) and your representative to be fully involved in this process.

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Arrangements during sickness or absence of personal care workers.

We use our pool of staff to cover for any personal care worker who is absent through sickness or for any other reason.

If no staff are available the responsibility falls to the relevant Field Care Supervisor and Care Co-ordinator to rectify the position. We will inform you of the circumstances and endeavour to re-arrange normal services as soon as is practicable.

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Key contract terms and conditions

It is our sincerest intention to provide the highest standard of care suited to your individual requirements.

You will be given a list of charges and a copy of our Terms and Conditions, which includes the service(s) you have contracted within the terms of your Client Care Plan in return for the agreed charges.

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Compliments and Complaints

We firmly believe that all clients have the right to express their thoughts and views and these are to be welcomed. You and your relatives or representative must feel free to complain or express concerns, about any issues relating to the service we provide that are not to your liking.

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Quality Assurance

We have an effective Quality Assurance system, which is customer centred. We use specifically designed questionnaires as well as our in-house Quality Audit system. We also use our regular discussions between managers, field care supervisors, care co-ordinators and care workers to help us ensure our service to you is maintained to a good standard.

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Key policies and procedures

We have a comprehensive set of policies and procedures, which are reviewed regularly to meet the requirements of legislation. Our policies and procedures support our practice, help protect your rights, and safeguard your health and best interests. All staff understand and have up-to-date copies of all policies, procedures and codes of practice.

Our policies and procedures include:

Personal care workers having their time sheet verified by you or your representative at the end of each individual visit to confirm the time spent by the worker at your home.

To safeguard you and our carers we have Public Liability insurance of £5,000,000 Employer Liability insurance of £10,000,000.

As part of our selection process all prospective staff are screened to ensure as far as possible that they are honest and trustworthy individuals, including an Enhanced Disclosure check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) . They are also required to attend a face to face interview and provide a minimum of two references.

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Clients views of the agency and the service provided.

Your views and those of your relatives and any representative are very important to us; they enable us to deliver the type of service that you want, when you want it. Although we ask specific questions under our Quality Assurance system, we welcome your views on any aspect of our services at any time.

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