HSE failed to implement simple steps to ease life in nursing home
The space between residents' beds in a HSE-run nursing home was so narrow it was not possible to fit a chair to sit on, an inspector's report revealed.
The inspection of St Finbarr's Hospital, Cork, found most of the 89 residents were living in multi-occupancy rooms in the 19th century building.
Although the residents were happy and treated well by staff, inspectors from the Health Information and Quality Authority found they were at times left unsupervised and unstimulated in rooms or in their bedrooms.
The report says: "Additionally, inspectors were informed by staff of requests for items such as shelving in units and comfortable seating that would not require a large expenditure but had not been provided.
"Indeed some requests required minimal expenditure such as a dividing screen so that storage space could be improved and a request for bedroom doors to be painted a different colour to aid dementia residents identify their bedroom."
The report noted that staff interacted with residents in a manner that demonstrated compassion and respect.
Workers were supported to attend training and records indicated that all staff had up-to-date training in fire safety and manual handling skills.