Saturday 18 November 2017

Áras Attracta could close as a result of HSE review

Áras Attracta. Photo: Keith Heneghan
Áras Attracta. Photo: Keith Heneghan
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

The Áras Attracta nursing home, which was at the centre of abuse claims, is undergoing a review which could lead to its closure.

The HSE is undertaking a review of all service users of the facility, based in Swinford, Co Mayo, which the Psychiatric Nursing Association (PNA) claims will lead to its closure.

"We understand it will close and we have concerns that need to be addressed. We believe it will be closed in 2018 or 2019," said Des Kavanagh of the PNA.

Residents will be moved to smaller residential homes. Mr Kavanagh said more staff must be hired to provide adequate cover in the new homes and called for a proper level of support and regulation.

"The current services are being regulated by Hiqa and it is important that a high level of regulation will continue. More staff will be required for these smaller units and must be provided. These homes, if properly staffed and regulated, will add to the quality of life of residents and that is what it is all about," he added.

A HSE spokesperson said all current residents have engaged in an assessment process to determine their specific support requirements.

The outcome of these assessments will form the basis of the model of service provided. While they would not comment on the possible closure of the facility, the spokesperson added: "We expect that significant numbers of clients currently living in Áras Attracta will subsequently reside outside of the campus in the community in the future. This is informed by international best practice and external validation."

"All family members and the family forum have been informed individually and collectively as appropriate," it added.

Irish Independent

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