HIQA reports show residents found to be at risk at four homes for older people

A total of 19 inspection reports have been published, and 15 centres were in compliance with regulations and standards

HIQA reports show residents found to be at risk at four homes for older people

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A series of new HIQA reports has found evidence of non-compliance with regulations and standards at four care centres for elderly people.

The monitoring body has released 19 inspection reports this morning.

HIQA says 15 centres were found to be in compliance with regulations, and that "residents’ needs were met and the care delivered to residents was safe in these centres".

However, it says that residents in four centres "were found to be at risk and their needs not met in the areas of governance and management, safeguarding and safety, health and social care needs, suitable staffing, and safe and suitable premises".

The four centres found to have had separate non-compliance issues were:

  • Beechwood House, Limerick
  • Blackrock Abbey Nursing Home, Dundalk
  • Mill Brook Manor, Saggart
  • St Mary’s Hospital, Drogheda

In the Blackrock Abbey home, the report suggests that "findings on this inspection did not provide adequate assurances that residents with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) were appropriately supported and managed and as such posed a risk to themselves or other residents".

In Beechwood House, inspectors say they were "not satisfied that the provider had taken all reasonable measures to protect residents from abuse or to put the necessary systems in place for the protection of residents".

Action plans have been drawn up to address the concerns raised at the four centres.

You can read the full reports here.