Wednesday 22 November 2017

HIQA critical of care home run by inquiry chairman

Inspectors made an unannounced visit last November to Mountain View home in Newbridge
Inspectors made an unannounced visit last November to Mountain View home in Newbridge
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

A care facility for the intellectually disabled, which is run by the chairman of the inquiry group probing áras Attracta abuse claims, has been criticised by inspectors.

Inspectors made an unannounced visit last November to Mountain View home in Newbridge, run by the KARE organisation. Its chief executive is Christy Lynch (pictured), who is now heading the investigation into allegations of abuse at áras Attracta in Mayo.

The Kildare facility, a large detached single-storey house, is home to five residents with intellectual disabilities.

The inspectors from the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) found one resident had recently been given medication to restrain them on two consecutive days in response to agitation.

They were concerned no assessment had been carried out.

It was not shown that this medication was administered as a "last resort" after all appropriate alternatives had been attempted on the first day.

The majority of residents also did not have a comprehensive assessment of their needs carried out according to regulation. Inspectors were concerned that personal plans for residents had not been developed for those with significant care and support needs.

No care plan was in place for a resident who required assistance with daily living.

And there was also no care plan in place to keep safe a resident who had a history of falls and who was at risk of falling.

They said: "Inspectors also noted that the physical environment did not facilitate the independence for residents who used a wheelchair.

"While the premises was wheelchair accessible and an accessible toilet and bathing facilities were available, a resident could not access the fridge or most kitchen appliances."

Although two residents needed help with mobility, inspectors were told that no personal evacuation plans were in place. Instead a generic evacuation plan was used for all residents.

They were shown a copy of an investigation which was ongoing after an allegation of abuse.

The matter was notified to HIQA in March last year, but the information did not initially indicate that proportionate safeguards had been put in place. HIQA requested additional information and assurances on a number of occasions.

In response, a comprehensive report was submitted.

While the inspectors found that overall the residents received care and support to lead independent lives, they expressed concern that the person in charge was overseeing four other designated centres.

The manager was also responsible for five day care services.

An action plan is being put in place to meet best practices.

Irish Independent

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