Nursing home’s standard of care criticised in health inspectors’ report

THE standard of care for residents of a Tipperary nursing home has been sharply criticised by health inspectors.

A new report by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has found the Suirmount Nursing Home in Carrickbeg, Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary, was not in compliance with legislation governing national quality standards for nursing homes in Ireland.

HIQA inspectors who visited the nursing home over two days last April found that “care delivered was not of a high standard”. They also highlighted concerns about a lack of robust governance procedures, medication management and fire safety at the home.

The unannounced inspection had been triggered by complaints and concern regarding the care, welfare and safety of residents at Suirmount.

HIQA expressed “significant” concern about the lack of meaningful activities for residents, as well as restraint practices, poor quality care plans and the use of inappropriate equipment. Staffing levels at night in Suirmount were also found to be inadequate.

The HIQA report also stated that “staff recruitment, staff training, infection prevention and control and review of quality of service were not of an acceptable standard”.

Residents who were interviewed, while praising staff, criticised the food and the fact that they were not allowed to go outside.

Suirmount is a private nursing home which was established in 1984 has accommodation for up to 30 residents. The registered provider and person-in-charge is Ann Marie Panton.

HIQA identified 32 different areas where Suirmount was failing to comply with nursing home legislation.

In a separate report, HIQA also found a Meath nursing home run by the Health Service Executive had failed to comply with legislation.

HIQA inspectors said the County Infirmary located at Bridge St, Navan, Meath, was not well organised and they were dissatisfied with the standard of care provided and the condition of the premises.

“Some practices observed were institutional and not person-centred,” they noted.

The HSE acknowledged the building had substantial problems with its infrastructure but said a decision had been taken to close the nursing home prior to the inspection. The last resident was moved from the County Infirmary last August.

Another nursing home, Bailey House in Killenaule, Tipperary, was also found to be in breach of legislation by HIQA inspectors last July despite being the subject of three other inspections in the previous 12 months.

Meanwhile, a separate HIQA report criticised the owner of the Corpus Christi Nursing Home in Mitchelstown, Cork

HIQA officials carried out a follow- up inspection of the nursing home after an earlier visit last April had highlighted a significant number of problems in its operations.

They discovered that some actions which were required to conform with legislation had been not addressed, despite claims to the contrary by the operators of the nursing home.


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