Monday 18 December 2017

Kildare disability centre closed after HIQA report

Concerns over HIQA report
Concerns over HIQA report
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Inspectors who visited a centre for people with a disability in Kildare had serious concerns about fire safety and the quality of life for residents.

A series of reports from the watchdog Hiqa led to the St John of God Services closing one of its residences in Celbridge and moving residents from two other homes on the campus.

The centre which is home to 137 people with intellectual disabilities was the subject of eight unannounced and two announced inspections over several months.

Last June the inspectors found poor managerial oversight and institutional practices.

Inspectors were particularly concerned that there continued to be inadequate precautions in place in relation to fire safety.

Not all staff had received fire safety training or been involved in a fire drill. Personal evacuation plans had not been reviewed and some were not accurate. In the case of one resident who had become more dependent over the years the plan was not updated to reflect this.

Following the failure to  put in place effective improvements for residents, Hiqa issued notices of proposal to cancel the registration of three of the centres.

St John of God issued Hiqa with plans for the closure of one designated centre, and transitional plans to provide alternative living arrangements for a number of other residents which improved residents’ safety, welfare and quality of life.

Reports said its most recent inspections have found that substantive changes in governance and management have been undertaken across this campus in relation to staffing, persons in charge and other management positions.

However, there continues to be non-compliance, and further improvements are required in relation to the quality of life for residents.

The provider has demonstrated that it is now taking effective action to achieve stipulated improvements.

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