Safety concerns at some residential services for people with disabilities

HIQA has published 15 reports

Safety concerns at some residential services for people with disabilities

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A tranche of reports on residential services for people with disabilities has found one provider did not ensure the service was safe or appropriate to residents' needs.

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has published 15 reports.

Inspection reports on 10 centres run by Daughters of Charity found that five centres were ensuring a good level of compliance, while three had made improvements since previous inspections.

However HIQA also found that further improvements were needed in areas such as safe and suitable premises, health and safety, meeting residents’ social care needs and safeguarding residents.

Inspectors found that risk was not being appropriately managed in another Daughters of Charity centre.

An inspection of one centre, made up of residential houses, found the provider had not ensured that the service was safe or appropriate to residents' needs.

Inspectors found "little progress" had been made since previous inspections of this centre, and the provider's own action plan to address failings had not been implemented.

At a Daughters of Charity centre in Limerick, inspectors found inadequate assessment of risk of residents with mobility issues and with a significant risk of falls.

They found one resident with mobility issues was "inappropriately accommodated on the first floor".

Four reports relate to centres operated by the COPE Foundation - three centres were found to be providing a service that, in general, met residents’ needs.

But in the fourth, inspectors were not satisfied that arrangements in place were adequate to ensure safe and consistent support to residents.

A report on a centre operated by St Vincent's Care Centre Ltd found that while there were examples of good practice, inadequate staffing was having "a significant impact" on the centre’s ability to meet health and social care needs.

Inspectors required the provider to take immediate action to address these issues during the inspection.

All the inspection reports an be found here