Thursday 23 March 2017

Inadequate conditions at nursing home affected dignity of residents - HIQA report

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Eilish O’Regan Health Correspondent

Toilets in a HSE-run nursing home could not be closed properly and beds were so close to each other that residents had little privacy, another inspection report has revealed.

Inspectors from Hiqa visited St Joseph's Community Hospital, Millstreet, Cork over two days in March to examine the care and conditions for 22 residents.

They found that, while the care was of a good standard, the conditions of the old building affected the dignity of residents.

The inspectors reported:

-        unsuitable bedroom accommodation for residents

-        inadequate communal space for residents

-        inadequate sanitary facilities

-        inadequate space for residents to store personal belongings

-        inadequate sluicing facilities

-        inadequate storage space for equipment

The premises was not in a good state of repair and the wards so cramped that if a screening was pulled around a bed staff found it difficult to move.

The Hiqa report is the latest in a series showing out many vulnerable elderly residents are still living in outdated public homes although they are costing well over €1,000 week.

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has estimated that between €400m to €500m is needed to modernise the public nursing home system.

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