Thursday 19 September 2019

Wardrobes in HSE-run home 'like they were from doll's house'

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Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Residents in a HSE-run nursing home said their wardrobes were so small they could be from a "doll's house," an inspector's report has revealed.

The inspection of Macroom Community Hospital in Cork, built in the 1930s, found other residents had no wardrobe for their clothes.

Some residents who were in a multi-occupancy room spoke of the difficulties of being so near other residents who might call or shout out for long periods of time, the report from by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) revealed. Previous inspections highlighted how the cramped and outdated conditions affected the privacy and dignity of residents.

Hiqa's chief inspector had imposed a condition that the building be reconfigured and completed by the end of this year.

However, the unannounced April inspection found the work had yet to start and planning permission has not even been sought.

Another report on the HSE-run Cobh Community Hospital found that residents were not seen sitting outside or accompanied on a walk in the "lovely gardens" despite it being sunny weather.

Residents who experienced the behaviour and psychological symptoms of dementia were on occasion accommodated in multi-occupancy rooms.

This affected the right to privacy of the resident involved and on the rights of other residents in the room.

Irish Independent

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