Thursday 19 September 2019

Fire risk fears at disability home

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Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Inspectors who made an announced visit to a residence for people with an intellectual disability expressed concern about a potential fire risk for those sleeping upstairs.

The inspection of the Daughters of Charity-run home in Limerick, which took place over two days in September, found ongoing problems with the layout of the centre which is home to nine residents.

A previous inspection recommended a review take place in relation to residents sleeping upstairs to ensure they could use the staircase with limited assistance, the report by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) said.

"Inspectors spoke with staff who said that residents required full supervision to negotiate the staircase," it said.

"The fire risk assessment of the centre included recommendations to relocate a resident who was prone to sleep-walking to a ground-floor bedroom.

"Overall, it was not demonstrated how or whether the recommendations contained in the fire risk assessment had been satisfactorily addressed."

The inspectors also said night-time staffing needed to be reviewed. One resident who needed to be turned at night was in the same position from 11pm to 7am, leaving them at risk of pressure sores.

An action plan has now been submitted to address the problems that were raised by the inspectors.

Irish Independent

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