Sunday 17 December 2017

Glamorous owners never far from society pages

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

The glamorous family involved in the Rostrevor nursing home in leafy Rathgar, Dublin, has regularly featured in society pages and newspaper gossip columns.

Therese Lipsett (58), who used to own the home, is mother to three daughters, including Roz (27), a well-known model with the Elite agency in New York.

Mrs Lipsett recently handed over control of the home to a company called Kitelm Ltd. The directors are two other daughters, Avilla, who also worked as a model and Sarah, a solicitor. Their own family residence is an imposing red-brick house not far from the nursing home.

Mrs Lipsett, a trained nurse, was recently struck off by An Bord Altranais after a hearing where she was accused of failing to take appropriate action against a male nurse in June 2005 who had sexual contact with residents and drank alcohol while on duty.

She was accused of not reporting the allegations to the authorities and of not arranging an earlier medical examination of a female resident.

Mrs Lipsett was fined €8,000 in 2005 after pleading guilty to 10 charges relating to poor conditions of care at the home during an inspector's visit in 2003 and 2004. She admitted she failed to provide a proper standard of care for a patient with a bedsore, did not ensure safekeeping of medicines and also did not have a wound management policy for patients.

The prosecution was taken under old legislation. After calls by campaigners, laws governing nursing homes were updated in recent years giving inspectors greater powers, including rights to seek a home's closure where there is serious risk.

The home was re-registered after an inspection by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) last April under new regulations. The inspectors said they found the quality of care provided to residents was good and that healthcare provision and monitoring was satisfactory.

But there were significant deficiencies in risk management practices with particular concerns about the physical environment.

Mrs Lipsett thanked the inspectors for their positive comments and added: "Hand in hand we strive for excellence."

Another inspector's visit however recently prompted HIQA to seek an interim order in court last Friday for closure of the home on the grounds of serious risk to residents. The report has yet to be published.

Irish Independent

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