Monday, August 20, 2018

Nursing home inspections find failings in care delivery

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By Conall Ó Fátharta
Irish Examiner Reporter

Failure to provide enough activities for residents with dementia, insufficient staffing, and failure to provide safe and appropriate care to residents are some of the failings highlighted in 32 nursing home inspection reports.

Of the 32 reports, the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) found evidence of good practice and compliance with the regulations and standards in 26 centres.
However, evidence of non-compliance was found during six inspections. Residents’ needs were not always met in line with the regulations and standards in these centres.
Inspectors identified non-compliance in areas such as staff training; notifications required to be sent to Hiqa; governance and management; health and social care needs; policies and procedures; residents’ rights, dignity, and consultation; and health and safety and risk management.
However, non-compliance relating to nursing assessments and care plans were repeated findings of this later inspection..
In the latest inspection, carried out in May, Hiqa found that the provision of activities did not meet the needs of residents, particularly those with dementia.
“Based on evidence gathered in this inspection, inspectors formed the view that the location and provision of activities was dictated by the routine and resources of the centre, not by residents’ interests and suitability,” said Hiqa.
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