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Updated 17 December 2016 This inspection took place on 17 and 19 October 2016 and the inspection was unannounced, which meant the registered provider did not know we would be visiting the service. Mary & Joseph House provides high quality accommodation and personal care to adult males with enduring mental health needs. Mary and Joseph House is part of the Joseph Cox Charity founded in 1963, and has been in its present purpose built house since 1993. At the time of our inspection there were 41 people living at the home. The home specialises in the care of people living with Korsakoff syndrome. Korsakoff syndrome is a chronic memory disorder caused by severe deficiency of thiamine (vitamin B-1). Korsakoff syndrome is most commonly caused by alcohol misuse, but certain other conditions also can cause the syndrome. The property provides 11 self-contained flats and 30 single bedrooms. The home has been built to an exceptionally good modern standard, specifically adapted for people living with dementia. The home provides accommodation over two floors arranged in five suites. There is a lift, a games room, dining room, chapel, art studio, project room and two lounges on the ground floor. There was a sensory garden for people and their relatives to enjoy that stimulated the senses of smell and hearing. There was a registered manager in post. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) 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. There was a truly open atmosphere on entering the premises. People could access the internet if they wanted to and could use a tablet computer provided by the service if they wished to send emails or skype family. All areas within the home had been designed for the needs of the people. There was plenty of communal space, lounges, and dining areas were available to people, as were quiet areas where people could sit in…

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