Saturday 17 August 2019

Elderly residents faced cold showers at nursing home

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Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Elderly residents in a HSE-run nursing home were faced with cold showers and in some cases no hot water for days, an inspection report has revealed.

The inspection of Merlin Park Community Nursing Unit in Galway found that while residents were complimentary about the care they received, the inspectors could find no records that fire drills were carried out.

There were no records to indicate the time taken to evacuate individual fire compartments at night time and there was also an absence of records showing all staff had done fire safety training.

The plasterwork and paintwork of many bedrooms and hallways was defective, stained and chipped.

An electric heater was defective and had to be propped up on pieces of wood.

A separate report on Tralee Community Nursing Unit in Kerry criticised some institutional practices that were in place with little or no meaningful engagement with the residents.

One resident was tucked up in bed but a nurse insisted the healthcare assistant woke them up for breakfast.

Many rooms with chemicals, sharps and clinical waste were not secured to protect residents.

Another inspection report on the Royal Hospital Donnybrook, Dublin 4, highlighted fire safety issues. Some multi-occupancy bedrooms did not allow for residents' rights or privacy, and there was a shortage of personal storage space.

In one of these rooms, one resident was watching TV, another listening to the radio while a third was sleeping.

They were among 34 reports published yesterday.

Inspectors found evidence of good practice and compliance with the regulations and standards in 14 centres.

Irish Independent

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