Older people’s publication statement 7 December 2017

Older people’s publication statement 7 December 2017

Today, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has published 17 inspection reports on residential centres for older people. HIQA independently monitors designated centres for older people for compliance with the Health Act (2007) Regulations and the National Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland (2016), to ensure that the older people living in nursing homes are safe and well looked after.

Thirteen reports published today are inspections against 10 outcomes, two are thematic inspections focusing on dementia care, while the remaining reports relate to a follow-up inspection and a single specific issue inspection.

Evidence of good practice and compliance with the regulations and standards was found in 13 centres. These inspections found that residents’ needs were being met and the care delivered was safe, in line with the National Standards and regulations.

Inspections of four centres found evidence of non-compliance. Residents’ needs were not always met in these centres, and inspectors identified non-compliances in areas such as governance and management; residents’ rights, dignity and consultation; health and safety and risk management; and suitable staffing.

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